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For many women, the menopause can be challenging and stressful. And it can be hard to find support.

What does menopause feel like?

Perimenopause and menopause bring with them over 30 different physical and psychological symptoms. These can range from annoying little niggles to things that can drag you down, and they can last from a few months to several years.

Symptoms are often misdiagnosed, too: one in five women were unnecessarily referred to more than three specialists before being correctly diagnosed with the menopause.††††

How much do you know about the menopause?

Women's menopause experiences can vary enormously, so it can be hard to tell what's going on. Our menopause quiz will test your knowledge of the signs of menopause and could offer you some answers.

Early and premature menopause

The average age when women start the menopause is 51, but it can happen sooner. If your periods stop between the ages of 40 and 45, it’s called ‘early menopause’. However, below the age of 40 it’s called ‘premature menopause’ or premature ovarian insufficiency (POI).

Early menopause can make it difficult to get a correct diagnosis, and there’s a lack of understanding among some GPs.

What can cause early or premature menopause?

  • Genetic disorders
  • Chemotherapy or radiation for a range of cancers
  • Surgical removal of the ovaries
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Infection
  • Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • Lifestyle factors like diet and smoking
  • The ovaries simply stop working sooner

Common questions about menopause

A Bupa doctor talks about how to tell if the menopause has begun and how it affects women, and suggests self-care and treatment options.

The Bupa Menopause Plan

Need to find out whether you’re going through the menopause? Want to talk to a doctor who understands?

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

 45 minutes to talk to a doctor who has been trained in the menopause
 A shorter follow-up appointment 12 weeks later
 An action plan designed around your personal needs
 If required, a private prescription, blood test or physical examination
 Possible referral to a consultant, physiotherapist or counsellor
 Access to our 24/7 Anytime HealthLine for a full year

We want to be here for everyone, so you can:

  • Access expert advice and support in our Women’s Health Hub
  • You can purchase our Bupa Health Clinics Menopause Plan. This offers two virtual appointments and a Personal Care Plan from a doctor who has received training in the menopause.

Your Bupa health insurance includes the following benefits:

  • Access to expert advice and support in our Women’s Health Hub
  • Mental health support for any symptoms related to the menopause.
  • You can reach our Bupa Anytime Healthline to speak to a menopause-trained nurse, 24/7.
  • You can make an appointment with your registered GP or a Bupa Digital GP to talk about your symptoms.
  • You can purchase our Bupa Health Clinics Menopause Plan. This offers two virtual appointments and a Personal Care Plan from a doctor who has received training in the menopause.

HRT can be obtained through your NHS GP. Our health insurance does not cover outpatient drugs, other than those used as part of cancer treatment, so HRT would not be covered by your policy. However, there’s lots of support which Bupa can offer you including; expert advice and support in our Women’s Health Hub and the opportunity to purchase our Bupa Health Clinics Menopause Plan. We’ll also provide support for any eligible mental health issues symptoms related to the menopause and you can speak to a menopause-trained nurse through our Bupa Anytime Healthline or a GP through Bupa Digital GP.

Our health insurance is designed to cover treatment delivered under the care of a consultant or care delivered by a therapist. GP delivered care is not covered by the policy. However, there’s lots of support which Bupa can offer you including; expert advice and support in our Women’s Health Hub and the opportunity to purchase our Bupa Health Clinics Menopause Plan. We’ll also provide support for any eligible mental health issues symptoms related to the menopause and you can speak to a menopause-trained nurse through our Bupa Anytime Healthline or a GP through Bupa Digital GP.

Menopause support and information from Bupa’s experts

Here’s just a small selection from our Health Information and Healthy Me pages.

How can you support someone going through the menopause?

Quick links to more information in our Women's Health Hub

NHS
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/menopause/symptoms/

British Menopause Society
https://thebms.org.uk/2017/10/world-menopause-day-2

†† NHS
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/menopause/symptoms/

‡‡ Women’s Health Concern
https://www.womens-health-concern.org/2017/10/new-survey-highlights-impact-menopause-every-aspect-womens-lives-uk/

††† Women’s Health Concern
https://www.womens-health-concern.org/2017/10/new-survey-highlights-impact-menopause-every-aspect-womens-lives-uk/

‡‡‡ Women’s Health Concern
https://www.womens-health-concern.org/2017/10/new-survey-highlights-impact-menopause-every-aspect-womens-lives-uk/

†††† News on Health
https://www.newsonhealth.co.uk/news/millions-of-nhs-money-wasted-with-delays-in-diagnosing-the-menopause

‡‡‡‡ Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
https://www.cipd.co.uk/news-views/news-articles/manifesto-menopause-work

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

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