Before a woman reaches menopause, there are several years beforehand in which periods become less frequent. This time is often referred to as the transition years. However, periods can stop suddenly, and a small number of women go through the menopause before 40 years of age. This is known as premature menopause.
Symptoms of menopause also tend to occur for several years before periods stop completely, and can last for around 4 years after your last period. Symptoms often include:
- Hot flushes
- Weight gain
- Mood changes
- Night sweats
- Decrease in libido
- Painful sex
Thankfully, there are also many treatment options, both natural and medicinal, available to relieve these symptoms. The articles below, written by top experts in their field, discuss many of the issues and options related to the menopause.