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Menopause

Overview

What is menopause? Learn more about the stages of menopause including perimenopause as well as the signs, causes, symptoms and treatment of menopause.

What is menopause?

The term “menopause” means cessation of menstruation, and refers to the time in a woman's life when she is no longer able to bear children.

Causes of menopause

Menopause happens when the ovaries no longer release an egg (oocyte) every month and menstruation stops.

Treating menopause

Not all women who are menopausal need to use menopause hormone therapy (MHT), which is why it’s important to discuss the pros and cons with your doctor

How menopause harms the body

Menopause comes with a dramatic drop in oestrogen levels. Learn more about the effects this can have on your body, and how to take control.

Menopause: tips for better sex

Has menopause affected your libido? Are you no longer interested in sex or has intimacy become a painful affair? Sexologist Catriona Boffard has advice.

Symptoms of menopause

In the beginning hot flushes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, mood swings and joint pains are the most common symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.

Diagnosing menopause

Tests aren't necessarily needed to diagnose menopause, but your doctor can help to establish whether your menopause has indeed occurred.

Risk factors of menopause

If you’re a woman, menopause is inevitable. For this reason, there are no “risk factors” associated with normal, natural menopause.

MHT: then and now

First it was a miracle drug; then became feared. Here's how the perception of menopause hormone therapy (MHT) changed over the years.

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