Life After Menopause: What Happens Next?

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I’m often asked… ‘When does menopause end? and ‘How long does it last?’ So today I wanted to focus on what happens after menopause because as you go through menopause most people don’t even know when they’ve come out the end of it. So let’s straighten out the facts. The perimenopause is the five years before the time of the menopause. The average age of menopause is 51 and you will be surprised to hear that menopause is really only one day. In fact menopause is the anniversary of one year since you last had a period…. the next day you’re postmenopausal. However, women may experience symptoms for up to 10 years before this day. I had a patient last week who came to me and said that she was 74 years old and still having her menopause symptoms, and was that normal? It’s certainly not abnormal. If you would … Read More

No need to mourn the loss of yourself at menopause

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It’s a well kept secret that millions of women are feeling isolated and scared at the time of the perimenopause and perimenopause. There is an overwhelming consensus among them that menopause signals the end of life as they knew it; feeling like an alien has taken possession of their mind and body.  It seems that there are millions of ‘sisters’ around the world walking around in the middle of the night, unable to sleep and experiencing similar symptoms simultaneously.  There are in excess of 13 million women going through the menopause in the UK and by the year 2020 it is estimated that there will be 50 million in the US alone.  Almost three-quarters of women report symptoms of hot flushes or night sweats and often experience them for a decade or longer unless they learn how to switch them off. It makes me feel angry and frustrated that women … Read More