We offer support to women experiencing premature menopause (before age 40) or early menopause (before age 45). Most women menopause between the ages 45 to 55, the average age being 51. Menopause signifies the end of the menstruation in a woman’s life and is associated with a natural decline in reproductive hormones. Menopause is said to have taken place if you have not had a period in 12 months.
You may notice changes to your cycle during this ‘change of life’. Period cycles may be longer, shorter, or totally irregular, and bleeding may be lighter or heavier. Other symptoms may include hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and sexual discomfort, sleep issues, headaches, mood changes, reduced libido, tiredness, urinary frequency, aches and pains, crawling or itching sensation under the skin and forgetfulness.
Our doctors can provide advice about dealing with menopause from a lifestyle point of view and managing the symptoms. We can discuss the types of medical intervention available to you, such as Menopausal Hormone Therapy (previously known as Hormone Replacement Therapy) and review your contraception requirements.
When you book in for a consultation about menopause, we may suggest that this is a good time to do a comprehensive check up. This helps us to identify any future risks like heart disease or osteoporosis and affect decisions about how to manage your menopause symptoms. The Jean Hailes Foundation offers useful fact sheets and resources for women looking for more information about menopause.