is a year with no period
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Menopause is said to have occurred when a woman goes through a full year without any period at all. If for at least a year,she hasn't experienced any period at all then she is menopausal.
If she has experienced at least 1 period within the last year,she would be called perimenopausal. This is the time prior to the onset of menopause. During this time , which can last for months to years, the period changes.
It may become irregular, shorter or lighter.
In addition there are other symptoms such as vaginal dryness
, hot flashes, irritability, depressed mood, insomnia
, decreased libido.
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