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Menopause – Symptoms – NHS Choices

Posted: July 16, 2015 at 10:44 am

The menopause can cause a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms.

The first symptom is usually a change in the pattern of your monthly periods.

The start of the menopause is known as the perimenopausal stage, during which you may have light or heavy periods (menorrhagia).

The frequency of your periods may also be affected. You may have one every two or three weeks, or you may not have one for months at a time.

Other menopausal symptoms include:

It's difficult to predict how long the menopause will last because it affects each woman differently.

The severity of symptoms and the overallduration of the menopause will vary depending on a number of factors including genetics, lifestyle, diet, stress and overall health.

The perimenopause (the initial stage) may only last for a few months or for some women it may continue for as long as 10 years. The average duration of the perimenopause is around four years.The perimenopause ends when a woman has gone 12 months without having a period.

Vaginal symptoms, such as dryness, can sometimes persist and get worse with age.

If you experience the menopause suddenly, rather than gradually, your symptoms may be worse.

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