In simple terms, menopause is when for consecutive 12 months you don’t get your menstrual period. It is not an illness. It is a natural occurrence and every woman goes through it. Though the age when a woman reaches menopause varies from woman to woman.
Menopause can last for several years and has 3 stages viz Perimenopause, Menopause, Postmenopause.
Menopause, as we know it today, was born out of a particular time, place, and profession: 18th- century Europe and the emergence of a new medical establishment. The first dissertation on menopause, titled “On the End of Menstruation as the Time for the Beginning of Various Diseases,” was published in Latin in 1710 in what was then the kingdom of Prussia. After that, the concept we know as menopause became a dominant subject in gynaecological literature and also in popular culture. The word “menopause” itself was coined by a French physician in 1821; by then, there were colloquial expressions for it in Europe, such as “women’s hell”.
You may experience some or all of the below symptoms if you are transiting to menopause
Menopause is a natural occurrence. The symptoms of menopause that interfere with your day-to-day life can be treated. You need to consult your gynaecologist for treatment, based on the symptoms faced.