Last updated: 07 June 2021
The Menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally. It takes place as the woman’s oestrogen levels decline and is a natural part of ageing.
If you experience symptoms of the menopause before the age of 45 it is advisable to go to your GP for further investigation and confirmation of the diagnosis. If the symptoms start impacting on your overall quality of life it is also advisable to discuss this with your GP.
There are ways that you can address the symptoms of the menopause such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT), Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for psychological symptoms and lifestyle changes (diet and exercise).
Symptoms can include:
Urinary tract infections
Joint aches and pains
Weight gain and loss of muscle mass
The Faculty of Occupational Medicine has produced guidance on menopause and the workplace, and an accompanying infographic offering advice, tips and stats which you can look at here: FOM Menopause Guidance
If you prefer to have more information on your phone, have a look at this great app: Balance
Or if you are looking to get support with other individuals that might also be experiencing something similar please get in contact with the Menopause Support Group