Making Menopause Matter
The menopause is when a woman’s menstrual cycle stops and they are no longer able to get pregnant naturally. Periods usually start to become less frequent over a few months or years before they stop altogether. ‘Going through the menopause’ can bring about symptoms such as irregular periods, hot flushes and confusion. Women are said to have reached the menopause when they haven’t had a period for one year.
In the UK the average age at which women reach the menopause is around 51, however, some women can go through the menopause earlier or later. A menopause before the age of 45 is considered an ‘early’ or ‘premature’ menopause.
“The development of the patient information leaflet is another step forward to make sure we fill the information gap for women, their doctors, and their families. It will bring factual, evidence-based information to the fingertips of many and provide women with the help and support they deserve when they need it for the future.”