Menopause

The menopause is a natural part of ageing that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, as a woman’s oestrogen levels decline. In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51.

But around 1 in 100 women experience the menopause before 40 years of age. This is known as premature menopause or premature ovarian insufficiency.

Most women will experience menopausal symptoms. Some of these can be quite severe and have a significant impact on your everyday activities.

General guidance to menopause

The menopause is caused by a change in the balance of the body’s sex hormones, which occurs as you get older.

It happens when your ovaries stop producing as much of the hormone oestrogen and no longer release an egg each month.

Premature or early menopause can occur at any age, and in many cases there’s no clear cause.

Sometimes it’s caused by a treatment such as surgery to remove the ovaries (oophorectomy) or by illness or an underlying condition

Further links and resources for menopause

NHS – Guide to Menopause

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/menopause/

Relate – Guide to Menopause

https://www.relate.org.uk/relationship-help/help-relationships/feeling-unsatisfied-your-relationship/menopause-affecting-our-relationship-how-do-i-talk-my-partner?gclid=CjwKCAjwybyJBhBwEiwAvz4G74e_HMyZxK2ZCtUX_oyijmf7bs5Fr2JBW1Ls8mL_RO6Yw7D4yIbb-RoCwzwQAvD_BwE

Early Menopause – NHS Guide

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/early-menopause/

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