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"notions." She usually manifests a great emotional interest in her girl
friends, and often manifests marked jealousy in connection with these
friendships. The girl is apt to indulge in day-dreaming at this period,
and becomes quite romantic and "flighty." She devours love stories, and
delights in imagining herself as the heroine of similar adventures. The
period from the beginning of puberty to that of the attainment of full
sexual maturity is known as the period of "adolescence," and generally
extends to about the age of eighteen in the case of girls.
By the MENOPAUSE is meant that period of the woman's "change of life,"
the average time of which is about the age of forty-five years, although
this varies greatly in different individuals. As a rule, it is held that
the period of the woman's child-bearing possibility extends over an
average period of thirty years. At the Menopause the woman's
reproductive activity declines and finally ends. The Ovaries diminish in
size, the Graafian follicles cease to form and develop; the Fallopian
Tubes atrophy; and there occur other physical, mental, and emotional
changes in the woman. While the age of forty-five is held to be the
average age at which the Menopause occurs in women, still it is not at
all uncommon to find women who menstruate regularly up to the age of
fifty, or fifty-two, or even fifty-five, while a large number of women
menstruate regularly at the age of forty-eight.
Some women undergo little or no physical or emotional disturbance at the
time of the Menopause. In such cases their periods become more or less
irregular, with extending intervals between periods; the flow becomes
more and more scanty; then several periods are skipped altogether; and
finally the periods cease entirely. Other women, however, experience
more or less physical disturbance during the years of the "change." They
sometimes experience loss of appetite, or a capricious appetite,
headaches, loss of weight, or else a sudden taking on of fatty tissue.
They often become quite irritable and "notiony," and often become
quarrelsome and pugnacious, and in some cases manifest unreasonable
jealousy. But, in the opinion of many of the best authorities, much of
this trouble comes from the mental expectancy of them by the woman,
resulting from the notion that a woman must have these things happen to
her. The power of the mind over the body is now well known, and we have
here another instance of its effect. The remedy is obvious.
Another matter which disturbs the woman at this time, in many cases, is
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