The menopause usually starts in women between their mid forties and mid fifties but it can be different for each individual. One thing to remember is that every woman goes through their menopause, just like every woman starts their periods.
Unfortunately, you may experience some of the following symptoms during this time:
- Hot flushes
- Lower control of the bladder
- A loss of sex drive
- Mood swings
- General psychological feeling of being older.
The menopause occurs when the ovaries no longer respond to hormones and fail to release an egg each month and produce the hormones oestrogen and progesterone. The fall in the levels of these hormones result in an increase of the symptoms. As the function of the ovaries decline, your periods will become irregular / less frequent until they stop completely.
Similarly for when you have really bad PMS, you mustn’t let the menopause beat you. Keep positive and try and help yourself by following these tips:
- Make sure you have a balanced diet: eat plenty of fruit and veg to keep your energy levels high.
- Drink plenty of water every day.
- Take regular exercise.
- Reduce the amount of sugary foods.
Make sure that your family are aware of what you are going through so you can get their full support. Remember that you can speak to you GP, pharmacist or other community / health practitioners for advice and support.