Every woman is an individual and symptoms can vary hugely in duration and severity.
Once the ovaries have ceased their production of oestrogen, other changes may take place, which can have an effect on long-term health. This includes changes that affect the strength and density of bones increasing the risk of osteoporosis (bone-thinning disease).
WHAT TREATMENTS ARE RECOMMENDED?
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the most effective and widely used treatment for menopausal symptoms. As the name suggests, it's a way of replacing the hormone oestrogen that is lost during the menopause.
HRT aims to relieve the symptoms caused by oestrogen deficiency. Your healthcare professional will discuss with you the benefits and risks of HRT and other treatments. The management of your menopause should be tailored to you.
Not all women can take HRT. There are other treatments that can help for women where HRT is unsuitable, or if they do not want to take HRT. These can include both treatments that are prescribed and complementary or alternative therapies.
CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) may also be considered to alleviate low mood or anxiety that arise as a result of the menopause.
For those wishing to try complementary therapies, the quality, purity and constituents of some of these products is still unknown and should be discussed with a health care professional.
You should also establish a healthy lifestyle, which includes activities such as regular weight-bearing exercise, a healthy diet, and stopping smoking.
Attend your regular mammography and blood tests, which will screen for diabetes and high cholesterol.
Your health is your responsibility and you are in charge of your own well-being!
If you feel you are struggling with any aspect of your menopause journey, fill out My symptom checklist and ask your GP for advice and help. You are not alone. Whatever the symptoms, help is available for you.