The mere mention of menopause is enough to strike fear into the hearts of many women. Even though it’s a natural and unavoidable stage of life, it doesn’t stop the dread of impending hot flushes and headaches.
Although it usually affects women around 45 to 55, about two per cent of women will go through a premature menopause before 40. This is usually caused by surgery which removes ovaries or the effect of chemotherapy on the body. The Peri-menopause is the stage preceding the last cycle, when periods and hormones fluctuate dramatically; often causing the unwelcome symptoms we associate with menopause.
Not all women suffer side effects either. Only 20 per cent of women suffer severe symptoms and another 20 per cent never experience any side effects at all.
If you are facing these symptoms, you could have menopause:
Itching sensation under the skin
Lack of libido Vaginal dryness and soreness with intercourse
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Thankfully, there are solutions to ease your journey. Exercise can counteract the effects of falling oestrogen levels during menopause. Take our quiz and find the right exercise to help you sail through this time of life:
Text: bauersyndication.com.au / Additional reporting: Natalya Molok