The menopause occurs when a woman’s periods finish and is only diagnosed with certainty when a woman has not had a period for 12 months. The average age of the menopause in the UK is 51 years. It is often accompanied by a variety of symptoms in the lead up to the menopause.
- Irregular periods
- Dry skin
- Hot flushes or sweats
- Vaginal dryness or soreness
- Changes in bladder function
- Sleep disturbance
- Memory loss
- Mood change
Women vary in how they experience the physical and psychological changes of the menopause, whilst for some women it passes with minimal symptoms, for others, the impact on quality of life can be significant.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is the common treatment for the menopause symptoms, but is worth considering carefully.
The decision ‘to take or not to take’ HRT is complex and the conflicting evidence and advice given regarding its risks and benefits can be confusing. If you are considering taking HRT please feel free to come and see us to discuss it further.