“This is the stage where your periods are still regular but the first symptoms such as night sweats and mood swings may occur. However, sometimes…”.1

Terminology

Can premenopause mean different things to different people?

PremenopauseI think the term premenopause can be like the terms diet, love and menopause and mean different things, to different people, at different times, in different places.

When I use the term premenopause what I mean may be different to what someone else means or what is meant in medicaltalk.

It can therefore be important when the term premenopause is used to be clear about what is meant, so we can work out whether we are on the same page meaning the same thing, or not.

Definition

What is premenopause?

Depending on the Source the definition of premenopause may vary. In Menopause FAQs: An Introduction To Menopause – Q. What Is Menopause? the North American Menopause Society’s definition is:

Premenopause
“A. The term premenopause refers to the phase of life that precedes menopause”.2

The World Health Organization and the International Menopause Society’s definition is:

“Premenopause – the term premenopause is often used ambiguously to refer to the one or two years immediately before the menopause or to refer to the whole of the reproductive period prior to the menopause. The group recommended that the term be used consistently in the latter sense to encompass the entire reproductive period up to the FMP”.2

What is FMP?

FMP can be an abbreviation for Final Menstrual Period.

The (United Kingdom) Daisy Network’s definition is:

“Premenopause
This is the stage where your periods are still regular but the first symptoms such as night sweats and mood swings may occur. However, sometimes it is used to mean the years of your life when your periods are regular and you are fertile. So make sure you know which meaning the word has in the context you are reading it or being told about it”.4

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Sources

  1. What Is POI: Menopause Terms Explained – Premenopause. Daisy Network https://www.daisynetwork.org.uk/about-poi/what-is-poi/ Accessed: 18 March 2020
  2. Menopause FAQs: An Introduction To Menopause – Q. What Is Menopause? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-an-introduction-to-menopause Accessed: 18 March 2020
  3. Menopause Terminology: Definitions – Premenopause. International Menopause Society https://www.imsociety.org/menopause_terminology.php Accessed: 18 March 2020
  4. What Is POI: Menopause Terms Explained – Premenopause. Daisy Network  https://www.daisynetwork.org.uk/about-poi/what-is-poi/ Accessed: 18 March 2020
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