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​Most women in the UK tend to start the menopause in their 40s or 50s, with the average age being 51 years. Typically, women experience 7 menopause symptoms on average, usually 3-4 years before their last period and for a few years after. 45% of women report that menopause makes their working life harder and 47% take the day off due to symptoms, but don’t provide menopause as the reason. Which symptoms you get as a women vary massively, but the most common symptoms include hot flushes, sweating, insomnia, anxiety, impairment of memory and fatigue.

 

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Other problems include:

  • vaginal dryness

  • urinary problems

  • lack of interest in sex

  • headaches

  • joint and muscle stiffness

  • breast soreness

  • bloating

  • itchiness and dry skin

  • tingling extremities

  • thinning hair

  • irregular heart beat

  • allergies

  • dizziness and tinnitus

Long-term oestrogen depletion can cause changes to bones and the cardiovascular system which means that post-menopausal women have an increased risk of certain chronic health complications, such as heart disease and osteoporosis (thinning of the bones which increases the risk of breakage).

Whether or not you decide to take HRT, the good news is that consulting with a nutritionist and optimising your diet, lifestyle and gut bacteria can help to reduce the severity of menopausal symptoms and protect against long-term health problems associated with this loss of oestrogen. Please see our prices tab for details of the types of appointments we offer.

Helpful links:

https://www.themenopausecharity.org/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/menopause/

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