Discussing your symptoms

These questions may help you discuss the menopause with your healthcare professional.


  • How is the menopause diagnosed?
  • Is there a menopause test I can take?
  • Can the menopause be diagnosed if I am taking a hormonal treatment?

ABOUT PREMATURE MENOPAUSE (premature ovarian insufficiency)

  • What causes premature menopause?
  • Why does premature menopause happen?
  • What health risks are associated with untreated premature menopause?
  • Can I become pregnant after premature menopause?


  • What types of treatment are right for my menopausal symptoms?
  • What are the benefits and risks of different menopause treatments?
  • What complementary therapies can help with menopausal symptoms?
  • Are complementary therapies suitable during menopause treatment?
  • Why is hormone replacement therapy (HRT) recommended?
  • What are the alternatives to HRT?
  • What type of HRT is right for me?
  • How quickly does HRT work?
  • Can I become pregnant whilst using HRT?
  • When should I stop taking HRT and how?
  • Is it okay to stop HRT?
  • Are there any serious side effects from HRT?
  • What are the long-term effects of HRT?
  • What additional information is available about menopause treatment?


You should try to keep a record of when your last period took place and your period patterns. Also keep a note (or symptom diary) of symptoms you may be suffering from, such as:

  • How many hot flushes are you getting per week
  • How severe are your hot flushes​
  • How many nights are you waking up per week due to night sweats


  • What should I expect during the menopause?
  • Can I become pregnant during the menopause?
  • What should I expect if I am having medical treatment that will trigger menopause?
  • What menopause support organisations are in my local area?
  • What menopause information is available for family or carers?


  • What lifestyle changes should I make to help my menopausal symptoms?
  • Will physical activity improve menopausal symptoms?
  • Will changing diet improve menopausal symptoms?
  • What menopause treatments are available if I am overweight?
  • What menopause treatments are available if I am a smoker?
  • How common are night sweats?

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Want additional support when talking to your healthcare professional.
Use our Symptom Checklist to prepare for discussing your symptoms.

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Date of preparation: February 2022

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