Definitions:

menopause

/ˈmɛnəpɔːz/

noun

the ceasing of menstruation.

    • the period in a woman’s life (typically between the ages of 45 and 50) when menstruation ceases.
    • late 19th century: from modern Latin menopausis

also known as the menopause, menopause transition, the change. Medically defined as the day when you have not had a period for 12 consecutive months

What is a typical menopause? (compared to prescribable drug-induced or surgical)

From birth to death humans have a typical hormone blueprint we are set to follow as part of the ageing process. In females, born with a womb, there are two significant time stamps along this hormone blueprint.

  1. Menstruation starting
  2. Menopause Day (menstruation stopping)

Technically we know both will happen at either ends of the reproductive years, as intended by nature. The rare exception is that some girls do not start and never experience periods. The words ‘by nature’ and ‘natural’ should not be confused with how those words are used in marketing terms perhaps as a soft & gentle skincare product, for example.  I believe I speak for most women when I say that there is nothing soft & gentle about menopause. For those who, experience menopause due to surgery or treatment by prescribable medication for other conditions, are plunged into menopause sometimes overnight it is very far from feeling like a normal part of ageing.

From a biological perspective and very old text book definition, we do have to accept that when we read various definitions that menopause is a natural part of the ageing process, it is correct. But then again, so is the start of menstruation. Biologists attempt to point out that those two parts of the hormone blueprint are not optional, yet another huge hormonal shift called pregnancy is a choice and therefore not classified as part of the ageing process.