Submitted by goossun on December 11, 2004

Ya’ese

Is there an English noun that means a woman who is old enough that doesn’t get menstruation anymore and therefore cannot be pregnant? I’m especially looking for an ordinary word, rather than any scientific’s. I can’t find such word, a noun, in any language (not even in my mother tongue) but in Arabic, that is, “Ya’ese.” Any help?

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No, Jay. "Menopause" and "geripause" (I've never heard the second one) are not words for a woman past the "change of life." They're words for the "change" itself. You would never call a menopausal woman a "menopause."

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the word is "menopause". or advanced menopause "geripause".

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Oh, Habib, you're so witty. Can we stop it w/the ageist crap? Women can reach menopause at 40, & the average age is 51--hardly "old."

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My mom referred to menopause itself as "the change of life."

A non-medical phrase you can use is "she is past childbearing."

English doesn't have a simple word. "Crone" is used sometimes to refer to a postmenopausal woman, but has the connotation of old, or bent and shrunken, or even a witch.

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The term you'd want to use is "postmenopausal woman".

It's a scientific term, but it's also used in everyday speech (if you're taking about that sort of thing), so people will understand. menopause refers to the end of menstration.

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there is no common word for it, except maybe old lady.

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"Mom."

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