What really happens to women around the menopause
An estimated 90% of women will have some symptoms, even if they only recognise that in retrospect.
A woman is diagnosed as being menopausal when she stops having periods because her ovaries have no eggs left. The average age of menopause in the UK is 52 years, but 1 in 5 women have no periods by the age of 45, and 1 in 100 women have premature ovarian failure by the age of 40 years.
Symptoms can start up to 10 years before periods stop, when they are still regular, but some women only develop issues after their last bleed. The length of time that symptoms persist also varies, and the frustrating thing is that there is no test to indicate how long this ‘perimenopause’ might last. The majority of women develop symptoms within 2 years of their last period. Most feel back to normal 2-5 years after their menopause.
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