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This World Menopause Day we want to support women who are feeling lost and going through Menopause. No two women’s experience is the same, and being aware and able to recognise that your symptoms might be down to fluctuating hormones is the first step to managing them.

Menopause happens once a woman has no menstrual periods for 12 months in a row. For many women this occurs between the age of 45 and 55 (with the average age in UK being 51).

For many women, it can be difficult to know if you are going through menopause, especially if you already have irregular periods. The time that leads up to menopause – which can be months or years – is known as Perimenopause.

Why does menopause occur?

Oestrogen is a hormone mainly produced in the ovaries and is responsible for controlling many functions in the body including the production of an egg each month (ovulation). As a woman gets older, their store of eggs in the ovaries naturally declines. Menopause occurs when your ovaries stop producing eggs and your body’s oestrogen levels fall. As a result, there are many changes that can occur to the body including no longer having periods and the symptoms we associate with the menopause.

The symptoms associated with menopause tend to be a result of hormone imbalance and lack of oestrogen. There are over 30 symptoms associated with menopause, but the British Menopause Society list of most commonly experienced symptoms includes:

– Hot Flushes
– Vaginal Dryness
– Weight Gain
– Sleeping Problems
– Stress & Anxiety
– Loss of Sex Drive
– Night Sweats
– Skin Changes
– Joint Aches
– Low Energy
– Low Mood
– Period Changes
– Brain Fog
– Sensitive Bladder
– Painful Sex
– Headaches

Get free expert advice from the UK’s top menopause experts at http://www.healthandher.com.

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