The menopause starts when a woman's periods stop. This happens over time as their periods become less frequent and then stop completely. It normally affects women in their fifties, although it can start as early as 30 years old, but this is rare.
Many women experience both physical and emotional symptoms, such as hot flushes, night sweats, irritability and vaginal symptoms (such as dryness). If your menopausal symptoms are severe enough to interfere with your daily life, there are treatments that can help, such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT), antidepressants
and vaginal lubricants. If you want further information on these treatments, speak to your Pharmacist or GP.
You may also want to try an alternative therapy such as starflower, evening primrose oil or St John's Wort, which may help to alleviate some of your symptoms.
Although your fertility decreases during the menopause, it may still be possible for you to conceive. Therefore, you should continue to use contraception for one year after your last period if you are over 50 years of age or two years after your last period if you are under 50 years of age.
If you need more information about Women's Health then please go to our Pharmacy Locator page, find your local Alphega Pharmacy and ask for further advice.