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What is menopause?

Menopause is typically defined as being when women’s periods stop and her childbearing years come to an end as hormone levels decrease. This is generally a natural part of the ageing process, although it can be brought on early by certain cancer treatments. That said, the association with periods oversimplifies what happens and why during this life stage. In reality menopause is a complex process, and the cessation of menstrual cycles is just one of the consequences.

There are, in fact, three stages of menopause (perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause), and many symptoms that can occur with varying degrees of intensity over a 20 year period. Some women experience almost all of those symptoms, others very few.

While intense symptoms can be extremely difficult to cope with, more subtle ones can also be disconcerting. My team and I have spoken to lots of women who feel that they are losing their minds when they forget things or experience brain fog, for example.

 “We have identified 76 menopause symptoms to date through our own extensive research, and I have absolutely no doubt that there are more. Women and their bodies are complex, interesting, amazing beings, and as a society we are only just beginning to acknowledge their uniqueness.”

BY JENNIFER YOUNG

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