There is a misconception between the terms ‘menopause’ and ‘menopausal transition’.
Menopause is the time in a woman’s life, twelve months after her last period. The months and
years before she is ‘technically’ in menopause are considered menopausal transition or
perimenopause. This is the time period where a woman may experience changes in her monthly
menstrual cycle and exhibit many different symptoms. Perimenopause typically begins between
the ages of 45 and 50 and may last between seven to fourteen years. Menopausal transition and
eventually menopause are caused by a hormonal change in the ovaries and the brain. This paper
will explore the physiological, psychological, cultural and halachic aspects of menopause.