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  1. Paula S. Derry

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0537

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Derry, P. S. 2010. Menopause. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Paula Derry Enterprises in Health Psychology, Baltimore, MD

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Menopause is the permanent end of menstruation or the last menstrual period. It occurs naturally in all women at some time during midlife or is caused by surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. The average age at the last menstrual period is 51 years for women in industrialized countries, with most women reaching menopause between ages 45 and 55 and the normal range spanning ages 40 to 60. Menopause is defined retroactively after a woman has not had a period for 12 months (although in one large study 5% of women did have another period after this length of time).


  • menopause;
  • menstruation;
  • women's health;
  • lifespan development