Managing the transition

The menopause affects all women, and is the medical term for when monthly periods have permanently stopped and it is no longer possible to get pregnant. At any one time, around 1.5 million UK women are going through the menopause, with symptoms lasting from a typical four years to, for one in ten women, up to 12 years.

There are many symptoms of the menopause, such as hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and mood change, as well as many ways to treat those symptoms, whether or not you decide on a course of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The articles on this page are designed to help you through each aspect of the transition.

Once menstrual periods have been absent for 12 months you have officially reached menopause. Around 20% of women in the UK don't experience significant menopausal symptoms but - of those that do - one in two find them distressing. Supplements such as isoflavones, sage or the traditional herbal medicine, black cohosh, can help.

Dr Sarah Brewer

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