What is menopause?

Menopause is something a lot of women dread, however, it is a natural biological process and should not be seen as an adverse condition, but rather a period of transition. Menopause may mark the end of fertility, but this does not mean it will end your health and vitality, in fact, sticking to a healthy exercise regime during this time can actually keep you feeling fit and fabulous as well as help to improve the symptoms of menopause.

With your fertility coming to an end, this means that your menstruation will end permanently and you will no longer be able to have children. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing eggs and the body starts to produce less progesterone and oestrogen (the two main hormones needed to maintain a healthy pregnancy). The diagnosis of menopause is confirmed when a woman is of a certain age (usually the forties or fifties) and has not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months.

If you have reached this stage, it is a turning point in your life and should not be seen as a disease or health issue, however, many women have said that menopause has a great impact on their overall feelings of well-being both physically and mentally. This is often due to the adverse symptoms associated with menopause, some of which include night sweats, hot flushes, headaches and other forms of physical discomfort. These symptoms can often trigger feelings of sadness, loss, depression and anxiety in a lot of women. But menopause may also be seen as a relief as you will not have to worry about any unexpected pregnancies or your period anymore.

Menopause tends to occur when you are in your 40s or 50s, although the average age is a woman’s early 50s. There are a number of treatment options, both medical and lifestyle orientated, to help you through this period of change.

In the information found in the navigation menu above, we will discuss all that you need to know about menopause, from the symptoms through to treatment in order to make this journey an easier one for you and those around you. Be advised that this is not to be seen as a professional diagnosis, but rather a guideline.

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