What is Menopause
What is the menopause?
The menopause is the natural process women go through as they reach a certain age and is a normal part of life. The first use of the term “menopause” is said to have been in 17th Century France. However, it is only relatively recently that there has been general awareness of menopause as a concept – 100 years ago, life expectancy was much shorter and few women lived long enough to experience it. Those who did were most likely the wealthy elite who would never dream of speaking about such matters anyway. The word “menopause” is derived from Greek – mĕn or menos meaning “month” and pausis meaning “to stop”. This fits in very well with the medical meaning of menopause, which is defined as the point when monthly periods, or menstruation, finally stops.