Women usually start experiencing menopause symptoms between 45 and 55 years of age, as a woman's oestrogen levels decline. For some women, this can occur much earlier in their 30s or others may continue to have periods into their late fifties or early 60s. However, in the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51.
The menopause affects all women, but individually the experiences may differ vastly. Typical symptoms (caused by a natural dip in oestrogen levels) include hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, difficulty sleeping, low mood or anxiety, reduced sex drive (libido) and problems with memory and concentration. For some women, these symptoms last several years, for others they may continue for up to 15 years.
We’ve pulled together information on what the signs and symptoms of the menopause are, how you can change your diet and lifestyle to help you cope with these and what the treatment and medication options are in the UK (including Hormonal Replacement Therapy (HRT) as well as the alternative, natural treatments available). We also have a Q&A section, where we answer all the questions you may have.
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- Managing hot flushes during the menopause
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- The menopause and mood swings: low mood, anxiety and depression during the menopause
- The menopause and bone density loss
- The menopause and libido: managing menopausal low libido
- Treatment and medication options for the menopause in the uk
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