Menopause is a natural stage in life and part of the ageing process. It marks the time when a woman’s periods stop as her ovaries run out of eggs or stop producing eggs.
Our information hub about the menopause and health in later life aims to help you manage your way through this life stage, ensuring this natural process is as positive as possible. We also aim to support you to take prompt action if there are any signs of illness, helping you feel better informed when discussing any topics with a healthcare professional.
What is the menopause and when does it occur?
The menopause usually occurs in a woman’s early 50s, but can happen earlier (see section below on premature menopause) or later. Although the symptoms may go on for a number of years, menopause is said to have taken place when a woman has not had a period for 12 months.
What are the symptoms?
Each woman is different and will respond to the menopause in her own way - both physically and emotionally - to the changes that menopause brings.
Before the full onset of menopause there is a stage known as perimenopause. This can last for 4 to 5 years or longer. Not all women have symptoms at this stage, but some women may experience some of the following: