The word menopause comes from the Greek word ‘menos’ meaning month and “pausis” meaning to cease. Menopause means the monthly period stops. From a medical perspective, the menopause is defined as having happened one year after the last menstrual period.
The menopause or ‘the change’ usually takes place in a woman’s life aged 45-55, but in some cases it can begin earlier.
Early menopause is when menopause begins to take place earlier in a woman’s life than expected, between the ages of 40 and 45.
In some cases, premature menopause can occur, which is before the age of 40.