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Navigating Menopause Understanding, Symptoms, Risks and Treatment

Alternative Therapies, Cardiovascular Advice, Diet, Exercise, HRT, Managing Symptoms, Menopause Advice

23 Feb 2024

Menopause, a natural phase marking the cessation of a woman's menstrual cycle, brings about significant hormonal shifts that impact various aspects of life.

Menopause, a natural phase marking the cessation of a woman's menstrual cycle, brings about significant hormonal shifts that impact various aspects of life. Understanding its definition, diagnosis, common symptoms, associated health risks, and available treatment options is crucial for women traversing this transformative phase. 

Definition and Diagnosis 

Defining Menopause: Menopause is officially diagnosed when a woman has gone without a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. It typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, signalling the end of reproductive years due to declining oestrogen levels. 

Diagnosis: Healthcare providers diagnose menopause based on a woman's medical history, symptoms, and menstrual patterns. Blood tests measuring hormone levels may also be used to confirm hormonal changes. 


We have already discussed symptoms of menopause, but it is important to low at the health risks that can happen after menopause and explain why it is so important to look after ourselves through this time. 

Health Risks Associated with Menopause 

Osteoporosis: Declining oestrogen levels can increase the risk of bone loss and osteoporosis, leading to brittle and fragile bones. 

Heart Disease: Postmenopausal women face an increased risk of heart disease due to changes in cholesterol levels and a decrease in oestrogen's protective effects on the heart. 

Weight Gain and Metabolic Changes: Hormonal changes can impact metabolism, potentially leading to weight gain and changes in body composition. 

Treatment Options 

Hormone Therapy: Hormone Replacement therapy can alleviate menopausal symptoms and with the newer body identical preparations comes with very few risks. HRT can help with reducing menopausal symptoms as well as improving quality of life and protecting our future health. 

Lifestyle Changes: Adopting a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and quitting smoking, can help manage symptoms and reduce health risks. 

Non-Hormonal Medications: Some medications like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may help manage specific symptoms like hot flushes and mood changes. 

Understanding menopause involves recognising its defining features, its impact on daily life, associated health risks, and available treatment options. 


It's a transformative phase that affects women differently, requiring individualised approaches to manage symptoms and mitigate health risks. 


Empowering oneself with knowledge, seeking guidance from healthcare professionals, and adopting healthy lifestyle practices are essential in navigating menopause with confidence and improved well-being. 


Remember, discussing concerns and treatment options with a healthcare professional is crucial for personalized care and support through this significant life transition. 

Get in Touch

If you would like a personal Wellwoman Check, or are suffering from any of the symptoms of the menopause and would like to learn more, please head to our contact page to book an appointment. 

You'll be so glad you did!

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