What is climacteric?

Climacteric is the phase of the aging process during which a woman passes from the reproductive to the nonreproductive stage; symptoms correlate with the diminution of hormone production and ovarian function and may include hot flushes, headache, vulvar discomfort, painful sexual intercourse, and mental depression. Commonly called the change of life. The term is popularly used interchangeably with menopause.

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