Symptoms of the menopause can be unpleasant and impact on your daily life. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is one of the ways you can alleviate these symptoms.
As life gets busy, self-care can often come at the bottom of the list. Careers and family commitments can take attention away from changes happening to your body. It can be easy to miss signs and symptom, put off going to the GP or simply be unaware of a health issue.
Estrogen protects your bones. When your estrogen levels drop during menopause, so does the bone protection. This means that women going through the menopause are more at risk of osteoporosis and weaker bones.
You probably expect to go through the menopause, when your periods stop, in your early 50s. However, some women can experience the menopause much sooner than that.
Low libido, or low sex drive, in women is more common than you might think. Around one woman in three is affected at some stage in their lives and it is thought to affect around 15 per cent of women experiencing the menopause, when periods stop.
Many women are either too embarrassed to seek treatment for vaginal dryness or believe it is a normal part of ageing which they have to endure.
You may have heard of bioidentical hormone therapy to control menopausal symptoms. But what exactly is it and should you give it a try?
There is plenty you can do to limit the negative effects of the menopause on your health and wellbeing.
There are things you can do to minimise the impact of pre-menstrual syndrome, with lifestyle changes such as physical activity and diet some of the most effective steps you can take.
Have you experienced very heavy periods, pain, a bloated stomach or bladder problems? Then you may have uterine fibroids.