Are amenorrhea and menopause both the end of menstruation?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Menopause is the permanent end to the reproductive life of a woman which marks the end of all monthly periods of bleeding. Menopause usually occurs when a woman is in her early fifties. Amenorrhea is the absence of menstrual periods. Amenorrhea may occur before you begin menstruating, when you get pregnant or are breastfeeding, or because of extreme exercise, weight loss, or stress. Amenorrhea may indicate a more serious condition, so consult your doctor if your periods stop and you do not know the underlying cause.

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