‘It’s impossible to be sure of anything except death and taxes’.
You could argue that taxes aren’t all that certain (not for certain people, anyway).
You could also argue that, for women, menopause is certain. Eventually, all women will reach a point in their lives where their periods stop, and their ovaries no longer produce eggs.
Menopause marks the end of a woman’s reproductive stage of life. For some, it’s a huge relief. For others, it’s a huge grief.
Menopause is different for all women. Here, we’ll cover some of the first signs of menopause.
Menopause is sometimes called ‘the change of life’. It happens when your ovaries stop producing hormones and eggs. This means your menstrual cycle will stop.
Menopause is medically defined as no periods for one full year.
But menopause is a process and not an on/off switch, and includes perimenopause and post-menopause.
Perimenopause means around menopause. It’s includes pre-menopause symptoms several years before your period and any post-menopause symptoms, 1 year after your last period. During pre-menopause:
Post-menopause is the final stage of menopause.
For most Australian women, menopause happens between the ages of 45 and 55.
Sometimes, it can last longer. About 1 in 10 women experience menopausal symptoms for 12 years following their last period.
Your genetics and your ovary health — as well as your general health — affect when you’ll begin menopause.
Menopause can cause symptoms that interfere with your daily life. Menopause symptoms vary from woman to woman but generally include:
Falling oestrogen levels are the main culprit behind most of these symptoms.
Menopause is a natural part of life, and you only need to treat the symptoms of menopause if they worry you. Treatments include:
The GPs at Instantscripts® can help you with treatments, consults and referrals for all your menopause symptoms and related health concerns.