Postmenopause is defined as the time after the menopause transition has been completed. Technically, a woman is postmenopausal from the day menopause occurs until the end of her life.
Postmenopause vs. menopause
Doctors define menopause as the day when a woman has not menstruated for 12 consecutive months. After this point, a woman is postmenopausal. In the years just before menopause, a woman is considered to be perimenopausal.
Average age of postmenopause
Of course, all women experience these natural changes differently, so there is a wide age range at which women first become postmenopausal. Natural postmenopause (as opposed to induced menopause) usually occurs sometime between a woman's late 40s and early 60s, with the average postmenopausal age being 51 years old.
One of the most important tests for postmenopausal women to take is a bone density screening test, which helps determine the levels of calcium in bones. In this way, women can take timely action to prevent osteoporosis, a condition related to postmenopause.
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