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.

If you would like to know more about whether you are in the perimenopause or menopause, or how your body is responding to the stage you’re in, our Menopause Health blood test finger prick kit allows you to keep a check on your hormone levels and the impact changes in these levels might have on your bone density.