Common menopause symptoms

Some women are fortunate enough not to have any menopause symptoms. But 1 in 4 will have severe ones†, and 1 in 10 may have symptoms for up to 12 years. Any symptoms may begin during perimenopause (the stage leading into full menopause).

How does the menopause affect your mental health?

Menopause symptoms can impact on your mental health, leaving you feeling worried, anxious or stressed. For example, over a quarter of all of menopausal women feel less outgoing in social situations, and feel more isolated††.

Listen to our podcast: Menopause and your mental health

It’s really important not to dismiss the mental health aspects of the menopause. Labelling women ‘emotional’ or ‘hormonal’ is unhelpful if they are experiencing genuine psychological symptoms of the menopause.

"If I’ve struggled with sleep and am not functioning, I can call in and slide my shift if necessary. I can take time out if needed, if mood swings get me – just a quick walk around the building can help."

Julie, Manchester

Menopause treatments - what might help?

With the right support, you should be able to find menopause treatments and self-help tips that ease your symptoms.

Menopause support: how can you help someone going through the menopause?

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†† Women’s Health Concern

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