posted by: Don Leslie
Following on from the extensive coverage of the menopause by the BBC in May, we’ve teamed up with the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum (PCWHF), a group of 10,000 healthcare professionals with a special interest in women’s health, to develop some new information pages.
Some commonly asked questions about the menopause include;
The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally. It’s a natural part of the ageing process and usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age. In the UK the average age for a woman to reach the menopause if 51.
The menopause happens when a woman’s ovaries stop producing as much of the hormone oestrogen and no longer release an egg each month. As women age and their store of eggs declines, ovulation, periods and pregnancies stop.
There are 35 symptoms associated with the menopause but here are the 10 most common;
There are a number of things that you can do to help alleviate the symptoms from changing your diet, adjusting your lifestyle or embarking on hormone replacement therapy. In the first instance, we would recommend that you visit your GP to discuss your options.
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