Menopause is defined as that time in a woman's life when she has ceased to have menstrual periods for a full year. The period leading up to menopause is called perimenopause, and it is during this period that a number of processes take place that can lead to various physical symptoms. Typically, the process leading up to full menopause is now referred to as simply menopause, sometimes euphemistically as 'change of life' or just 'the change'.Menopause is a natural process just as puberty is natural; puberty prepares a girl to be able to conceive and bear children, and menopause prepares a woman to cease to be able to conceive. Both cause upheavals in one's body, puberty by introducing hormones and menopause by withdrawing them.
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