Menopause – What is it exactly?
Put simply, it is the natural ending of a women’s reproductive life. It is a hormonal process and usually happens slowly, over a number of years around the late 40s to early 50s but early menopause is on the rise with women starting in their mid 30s. However although this is a natural process the symptoms and effects can, for some women, severely effect their day to day life and sense of well-being.
The 3 Stages
There are usually 3 stages; Peri-menopause, Menopause and Post-Menopause, although they may seem to overlap. During these stages your whole monthly cycle begins to change, bleeds become very irregular and finally they stop entirely. During this time you may experience hot flushes, anxiety, emotional episodes and weight gain to name a few of the major symptoms, and, all of which may make your day to day life unsettled.