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What is Menopause?

Menopause, strictly speaking, is the moment in time when a women has had her last menstrual period and is no longer fertile, which is confirmed after she has not had a period for 12 months. More accurately, there is a time leading up to menopause, called perimenopause, during which a woman’s hormone levels begin to decrease, and then there is life following menopause, or post-menopause.1

Though it is a natural biological process, and certainly not an illness, menopause can cause physical and emotional symptoms of varying severity that can be disruptive to sleep, energy, and emotional health, and which can be treated.2