The menopause is when a woman stops having menstrual periods. Periods usually start to become less frequent over a few months or years before they stop altogether. Sometimes they can stop suddenly. The menopause is a natural part of ageing that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, as a woman’s oestrogen levels decline. In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51.

While many women believe that they can’t get pregnant after their final period, we recommend if you are taking contraception, continue as normal for the first year.

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Eating a healthy, balanced diet and losing any excess weight can help ease some of the symptoms of the menopause, such as tiredness and hot flushes, and reduce your risk of heart and bone problems. More information HERE

The menopause can be a really tough time, when lots of changes are happening to your body. It’s OK to ask for help and you can get support and help if you are struggling with menopausal symptoms. Talk to your GP or make an appointment at your local Sexual Health Clinic, where, if necessary you can be referred to a specialist clinic.