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Menopause

Menopause is also called the “change of life” and is the time when your periods will become irregular and stop. This is a natural process in all women and for most it will occur between the ages of 45 and 55 years.
 
Menopause is brought on by decreasing levels of the hormone oestrogen and this can cause a variety of symptoms, including hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, sleeping problems, memory problems, depression and vaginal dryness. Some women do not notice any symptoms or they are very mild, whereas others experience more severe problems and should go to their doctor for advice.
 
There are many treatments available to reduce the symptoms associated with menopause and, in some cases, lifestyle changes can also help.  Your GP and practice nurse should be able to help with any problems relating to the menopause in the first instance.

This page was last updated at 11:50AM on June 4, 2019.