How does menopause make you feel ?

Some women are fortunate enough not to have any 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?

It’s important to recognise that there are genuine psychological effects. 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 signs 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

What are some of the key treatments for the menopause?

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

The Bupa Menopause Plan

The menopause can be exhausting and stressful enough without stuggling to get the help and support you need.

That’s why we’ve developed our personalised Menopause Plan:

45 minutes to talk to a GP specially trained in the menopause
A shorter appointment 12 weeks later
A personalised action plan
A private prescription, blood test or physical exam if needed
Possible referral to a consultant, physiotherapist or counsellor
Access to our 24/7 Anytime HealthLine for a full year

Want to support a colleague or loved one during the menopause?

Explore more information within our Women s Health Hub

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†† Women’s Health Concern

Bupa private GP services are provided by Bupa Occupational Health Limited. Registered in England and Wales No. 631336. Registered office: 1 Angel Court, London EC2R 7H

Bupa GP appointments are only available to persons aged 18 years and older.