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Menopause marks the time when your periods stop as your ovaries stop producing eggs.

Perimenopause is when you have symptoms of menopause but your periods have not stopped. Perimenopause ends and you reach menopause when you have not had a period for 12 months.

Menopause and perimenopause symptoms can have a big impact on your life, including relationships and work. The following resources provide information about symptoms, treatments and support available.

Your GP, nurse or pharmacist can give you advice and help with your menopause or perimenopause symptoms, including information about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and available alternative options.

The RCOG has developed patient information on Treatment for symptoms of the menopause and a Scientific Impact Paper on Alternatives to HRT for the management of symptoms of the menopause.

For more general information on menopause, please see the following resources:

Menopause at work
Information about HRT
For information on early menopause
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