The menopause is the time when a woman’s periods stop, and she will no longer get pregnant naturally. The woman’s ovaries stop releasing eggs and stop producing oestrogen and progesterone.
When does menopause occur?
Menopause is defined as when a woman has not had a period for 12 continuous months then a woman is post-menopausal and usually occurs between ages of 45 and 55. If it happens between 40 and 45 it’s known as early menopause. For some women it can occur before 40 this is known as premature menopause or premature ovarian insufficiency.
Some changes can be bought on by illness like cancer, removal of the ovaries and by some hormone therapy and genetic conditions.
Let’s talk peri menopause
Menopause symptoms can happen years before periods stop. The time during which the body makes changes on its way to menopause is called peri menopause.
The most common symptoms of peri menopause are changes in periods, anxiety, hot flushes and night sweats plus mood swings. These symptoms can have a big impact on a woman’s day to day life including her relationships at work and home and they can impact the working day significantly.