Menopause has long been a taboo subject, but that’s changing – fast.
Yet, despite all this, we are (understandably) confused by the amount of information that exists and what we can do to help us transition through this phase of our lives.
The average age of menopause in the UK is 51. But it’s an average, meaning there are younger and older women in the mix, too. This figure is the point at which women’s periods stop completely. Peri-menopause (the time leading up to periods stopping for good) can last for 10 years before this. So women can be peri-menopausal with symptoms throughout their entire 40’s!
Common menopausal symptoms we can expect to have include hot flushes and night sweats. However, very few realise that tiredness, low mood, urinary symptoms, reduced libido (sex drive) and even joint pains can be related to their menopause. Symptoms can often last for some time with women reporting having systems more than five years after their first hot flush.
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Miss Poonam Pradham has over 25 years experience in her field and advises her patients daily as to how best to manage the Menopause with special interest in vaginal laxity and urinary incontinence.
With the latest knowledge including HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy), diet and lifestyle, Poonam is available to advise and help you, whatever your age, optimise your health and wellbeing during this time.