What you need to know about the menopause

The menopause typically starts between the ages of 40 and 60. During the menopause, there are significant changes in the way the body produces hormones. This is a natural process, but it can be associated with a number of uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flushes, occasional excessive sweating, fatigue and tiredness that can have a negative effect on a woman’s quality of life.

Menopausal complaints can greatly vary and impair quality of life in different ways.

When the menopause arrives, it brings quite a few changes with it

The menopause is a new stage of life and not an illness. Many women discover the positive sides of this phase and look forward to the end of their periods. For them, it is the transition that is part of getting older, a time of changes in awareness, of upheaval and the start of a new beginning. They use the signals to reposition the switch in the middle of their life and ultimately make their dreams a reality. Just as puberty is a transition from girl to woman, in the menopause, we transition to a new phase of life. Everything is moving, inside and outside. Many things seem to go away and new things become attractive. The different ways women deal with this always depends on the woman’s individual life history. It is both a challenge and an opportunity. Find out more here about the treatment options for menopausal side effects.

Phases of the menopause

For many women, the menopause is a crucial time in their lives. The hormonal change may not only have effects on the body and emotions, but also on the quality of life, relationship to their partner or even professional life. The menopause is therefore a time of upheaval.

The menopause can be divided into four different phases: the premenopause, the perimenopause, the menopause and the postmenopause. The start of the menopause is marked by what is known as the premenopause. This can be seen in monthly periods becoming more irregular. Often, cycles become shorter and the periods occur at shorter intervals. During this phase, the first hormonal changes become clear. This can start as early as the age of 40.

Find out more here about the phases of the menopause.