When does menopause occur?
The menopause is a natural process that occurs as the female’s sex hormones Oestrogen, Progesterone, and Testosterone begin to drop. This usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, although some will start menopause before they are 40. The average age is 51.
The average period of time for Perimenopause, the period of time leading up to the final period and when symptoms may commence is four years, but for some people it may only last a few months or go on for longer.
Symptoms of menopause
One year after the last period is officially post-menopause. The below symptoms should then start to decline.
- Hot flushes – Surge of heat throughout the body, that may be accompanied by sweating.
- Mood swings – Feeling happy and for no obvious reason feeling less so. Increased levels of irritability and intolerance.
- Brain fog – Struggling to find the right word, or remember the names of things, places or people
- Poor sleep – Struggling to fall or remain asleep
- Night sweats – Urgent need to kick off the bedding and keep your partner at a distance so you can’t feel their body heat.
- Low energy – Feeling tired and exhausted a lot of time
- Skin changes – Experiencing unusually dry skin or quite the opposite, pimples are appearing that you have not had for decades.
- Weight gain – Unchanged eating and exercise habits but gaining weight, particularly around the middle.
- Anxiety – Feeling anxious or worrying unnecessarily or uncharacteristically.
Read more about these symptoms on the Royal Women’s Hospital website.
The experiences symptoms of menopause and the effects of the symptoms range from noticeable but not bothersome to extreme and greatly effecting quality of life. The better our physical and psychosocial health leading into menopause the healthier we tend to be during menopause and beyond. Psychosocial health encompasses our mental, emotional, social, and spiritual. There is much we can do ourselves to prevent and manage symptoms of menopause and be healthy. I will provide advice in future blogs as my sole focus is to assist women to live the best life they can.
If you are the partner of a loved one you believe may be going through menopause, see more information on Is Your Wife Going Through Menopause blog post.