What is menopause?

Menopause is a natural part of ageing and is marked by the end of menstruation and the reproductive years. Once 12 months have passed with no menstrual cycle, this is usually the sign that you have entered menopause.

It also marks the time when your ovaries stop producing the two female hormones — oestrogen and progesterone — causing a change in your body’s hormone levels.

Menopause care

Symptoms of menopause

You may have only some or all the following symptoms. The degree to which you experience them may also vary:

  • Fatigue

  • Hot flushes

  • Irritability and mood changes

  • Lack of sexual drive

  • Loss of breast fullness

  • Sleep disturbance and night sweats

  • Thinning hair and dry skin

  • Vaginal dryness and itching

  • Weight gain and slowed metabolism

Always seek medical advice if you experience vaginal bleeding after menopause.