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Menopause: What are the Symptoms?

Menopause is the body’s way of winding down your fertility. In general, most women start to experience changes from their early 40’s. On average, perimenopause (or menopause transition) lasts from 5 - 10 years and menopause begins once periods completely stop.

Approximately 80% of women going through menopause experience some symptoms, which typically continue for around four years after the last period. For approximately 10% of women, symptoms can last for up to 12 years.

The type of symptoms experienced may be dependent on factors such as stress, sleep, exercise and your diet. The more rested and healthier you are, the better your hormone control centre and other organs will adapt to the hormonal changes.

Vitamin D is essential during this time as the reduction in oestrogen means there can be bone density loss. Vitamin D aids calcium absorption which helps to strengthen the bones.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Mind

  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Forgetfulness
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety

Body

  • Hot flushes
  • Feeling lethargic
  • Night sweats
  • Irregular periods
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Sleep problems
  • Bladder problems
  • Low libido

Emotions

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Feeling out of control
  • Feelings of grief
  • Sense of loss
  • Feelings of sadness
  • Aggressiveness
  • Increased tension
  • Lack of motivation