The menopause occurs when your ovaries stop producing eggs due to declining oestrogen and progesterone levels. Officially, you have reached the menopause when you have gone through 12 months consecutively without experiencing a period, and the average age for women in the UK is 51.
However, women can often experience the symptoms of the menopause for many years beforehand, ranging from very mild to severe and affecting both physical health and mental wellbeing.
It’s estimated that probably 25 to 30% of menopausal women experience symptoms that have an adverse impact on their quality of life, affecting their physical and mental wellbeing, their relationships and even their working lives. One survey found that 59% of women stated that the menopause had a negative impact on their performance at work.
Alongside the more common menopausal symptoms, you may also experience include headaches and migraines, joint and muscle pain, breast tenderness or pain, skin sensitivity, changes in bladder function, heart palpitations, and increased risk of osteoporosis.