What is Menopause?
Natural menopause refers to the point in time when a woman has not had a menstrual period for at least twelve consecutive months. A process of biological transition, menopause is not a medical illness; however, some women experience symptoms that may disrupt their sleep and negatively impact their mood.
It can take up to several years of gradual change to reach natural menopause. This period of gradual change, which many women refer to as “going through menopause,” is called perimenopause or menopausal transition.
During perimenopause, a woman’s ovaries start to make less estrogen and her menstrual periods become irregular until, eventually, they stop completely. Irregular changes in the menstrual patterns may include menstrual periods that may be longer or shorter in duration, heavier or lighter, or more or less frequent in number.