What is Menopause?

The menopause occurs due to a drop in the female hormone oestrogen resulting in a woman's menstrual periods becoming less regular and then eventually stopping.

Once a woman has reached this stage of her life, her body isn't producing eggs and her fertility has ended. This is a natural part of a woman's life but can also be a time of discomfort and anxiety, particularly if you suffer from several of the menopausal symptoms.

Knowing what to expect before, during and after the menopause can help you feel that you're not alone during this potentially unsettling stage of your life. Many women just like you are going through exactly the same transition and experiencing the very same symptoms that can occur during the perimenopausal and menopausal years.

What age does Menopause start?

So, what age does menopause start? This can vary enormously! The average age of menopause is 51 to 52 but often occurs between the ages of 45 to 55. However, it can take place in women who are still in their 30s. This is called a premature menopause.

What is the Perimenopause?

Perimenopause is the time leading up to the twelve months of absent menstrual periods which defines the woman's menopause. The perimenopause can last for several months or years. Find out more about the Perimenopause...

What is Post-Menopause?

After a year without periods, you have completed the menopause and are post-menopausal. Find out more about Post-Menopause...

Menopause Symptoms

There are many symptoms of the perimenopause that you may experience such as hot flashes (night sweats), fatigue, joint and muscular aches and pains, migraines, painful sexual intercourse amongst others but there are also treatments that will help alleviate these distressing symptoms. Find out more about Menopause and Peri-Menopause Symptoms...

Menopause Treatments

There are many options for treating menopausal symptoms - some are more controversial than others. There are natural remedies and there are hormone replacement therapies. The more knowledge you have about which menopause treatments are available, the more informed a decision you will be able to make.

You should obviously discuss any treatments with your doctor but we can give you a headstart with some information about what menopausal treatments are available. More about Menopause Treatments...

Coping with Menopause as a Career Woman

If you're beginning to have menopausal symptoms and wonder how you're going to cope as a professional woman in work, this article by Jane Feinmann may make you feel a lot easier about the situation.

She discusses HRT, night sweats, tearfulness, mood swings, fatigue, forgetfulness and a lot more.

Jane also tells how postmenopause can be liberating and how much more confident she feels now.

Read the full article by Jane Feinmann from The Telegraph - "How do professional women cope with the menopause?"