What is the Menopause/Menopause transition?
What is often debilitating and stressful and will affect more than half the workforce?
At its simplest the Menopause is a hormonal change that occurs, usually between the ages of 45 and 55, in women or individuals with the XX genome for gender which marks the end of a woman’s reproductive cycle.
Whilst it primarily affects women in the age range of 45 to 55 it can occur naturally, or be medically induced at an earlier age and can also occur later in a woman’s life – approximately 1 in 100 women will experience the menopause transition before the age of 40.
Prior to the Menopause transition occurring women enter a phase known as the perimenopause – this is when their hormone levels begin the change and can occur as early as their twenties up to their 40’s. Symptoms of the Perimenopause are difficult to attribute as they vary widely, ranging from weight gain, mood swings, disturbed sleep, night sweats and hot flushes to dryness of the skin. Many of these symptoms mirror the common symptoms seen by women experiencing the menopause transition.