The menopause marks the end of a woman’s periods, as her hormone levels fall. This will usually occur between the ages of 45 and 55. Officially, the menopause is defined as 12 months after a woman’s last period, meaning that the ovaries have stopped releasing eggs, and she can no longer become pregnant. However, surgical menopause can also occur as a result of the surgical removal of the ovaries.
The menopause has many possible symptoms, which can vary for every woman and can change over time.
Talking to you healthcare professional about menopause
By discussing your symptoms with your healthcare team, you can gain a better understanding of what to expect and explore appropriate treatment options. This can make your menopause experience more positive and manageable.
It can feel difficult to broach topics like the menopause, but it’s important to remember that your healthcare team are there to help. The good news is that there is growing awareness around the menopause, as more and more people feel empowered to speak out about their experiences. If you still struggle to start the conversation, you can use our resources to help you.