The first symptom is typically a change in the pattern of your periods, as well as hot flushes, night sweats, loss of libido, headaches, palpitations, changes in mood such as tiredness, anxiety and depression, urinary tract infections and insomnia.
Every woman will be affected differently so it’s hard to predict how long the menopause will last and the severity of the symptoms can also vary, depending on lifestyle, overall health and genetics.
There are ways in which you can manage the menopause and while many don’t need treatment, you may find it becomes necessary later on. You can use supplements or hormone replacement therapy (HRT), as well as antidepressants if necessary.
If you’re on HRT, make sure you visit your GP regularly after you begin treatment to help make sure that your symptoms are being kept under control.
Early menopause can also affect some women under the age of 40 so book an appointment with your doctor if you’re concerned. You will likely be referred to a gynaecologist for further advice and possible treatment.
Supplements such as soy, Mexican yam, Resveratrol, and the ayurvedic herb shatavari can also prove to be useful for those going through the menopause so consider these as forms of treatment if you feel as though other avenues are not proving particularly fruitful.