|Managing Diseases and Staying Healthy
The word Menopause literally means the physiological cessation of menstrual cycles, from the Greek roots 'meno-' (month) and 'pauses' (a pause, a cessation). However, in reality menopause is not simply a matter of the permanent stopping of periods, it is a phenomenon which involves the shutting down of the whole of a woman's reproductive functioning.
The root cause of menopause is not what is happening to the uterus, the whole process of menopause is triggered by the faltering and shutting down of the ovaries. This process usually normally occurs more or less in midlife.
Clinically speaking, menopause is referred to with a date: the date of the day after a woman's last period ever finishes.