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Menopause (from the Greek men (month) and pausis (cessation)), also called "the climacteric," is the cessation of menstrual periods. During menopause, women have insufficient ovarian follicles, either because they were used during the ovarian cycle or because they degenerated during follicular atresia. It is divided into several stages: perimenopause (a period of irregular menstrual cycles preceding menopause and the cessation of periods during the year following it) and postmenopause (confirmed menopause).
Menopause usually occurs in a woman's late forties or early fifties.
Increase your consumption of legumes and eat a healthy, balanced diet. Avoid simple sugars (e.g. white and brown sugar, honey, maple syrup and corn syrup).
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- Moderate exercise is key to maintaining hormonal balance during menopause.
- See section on Osteoporosis.