Menopause is a natural part of life and many women may experience signs of menopause without even realising. Between the ages of 45 and 55, women may experience a range of new hormonal changes during the perimenopausal and menopausal periods of their life.

Learning how to cope with these hormonal changes can be tricky and confusing and they can have a significant impact on physical and emotional wellbeing. Knowing what to expect can help to make this experience easier and less stressful.

During menopause, oestrogen levels begin to decline. Oestrogen is the primary female hormone and therefore this decline can lead to many changes in the body, such as mood swings, decreased libido and hot flashes. These are all normal but may take some getting used to.

The hormonal fluctuations during menopause can cause you to be anxious, upset, depressed and irritable. This can be upsetting to deal with and may make you feel confused and alone.

This is completely normal though, hormones affect many parts of our lives and learning to manage them can be tricky, especially if you do not realise that the reason you are feeling this way is due to hormonal changes.

Self-care and focusing on your well-being can help to make this easier to manage. Giving yourself time to unwind and relax can help to reduce mood swings and improve your overall mental health during this period.

One of the signs of menopause is irregular menstrual bleeding. This can come in many forms such as heavier periods, more frequent bleeding, continuous bleeding or periods which only happen once every few months. 

This occurs due to changing hormones and can be frustrating to deal with, however, eventually menstruation will stop altogether and this signifies menopause is coming to an end.


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