Menopause and cancer

What is the menopause? Although most women will go through their menopause naturally, certain treatments for cancer can trigger an early menopause. Going through an early menopause, as a result of cancer treatment, can be distressing; you may feel isolated and confused about the changes. The onset of an early menopause can be sudden and…

Joint Pain and Muscles

Joint pain and misdiagnosis: Many women find their joints suddenly become stiff and painful during perimenopause and menopause, and it is also harder to build up and maintain muscle. Often menopausal women get a diagnosis from their doctor of “fibromyalgia” – all over body pain, fatigue and sleep problems – and sometimes this is just…

Relationships and Sex

As Perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms can affect women in many different ways, and mental and physical symptoms can often be very detrimental to relationships, but there are solutions, including hormone replacement therapy, discussed below. The divorce rate peaks at the time of perimenopause, when most women are in their late forties, and the more women…

Symptoms list

Women have oestrogen receptors on every cell in their bodies. This means that without oestrogen, there are many different symptoms that can occur. Some women experience very few symptoms whereas others experience many. In addition, symptoms can vary with time so some women may find that their hot flushes and sweats improve and then develop…

Antidepressants and Menopause

Changes to women’s moods, emotions and state of mind during the perimenopause and menopause are extremely common; it is often the primary reason menopausal women first go to see their doctor or nurse. Is low mood during the perimenopause and menopause the same as depression? Can taking antidepressants help this type of low mood and/or…

Vaginal Dryness

This page aims to answer your questions about vaginal dryness including what it is, the problems it can cause and the treatments available. What is vaginal dryness? The hormone estrogen keeps your vagina healthy by acting as a natural lubricant. It also stimulates the cells in the lining of your vagina to encourage the presence…