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The Menopause: Common Causes And When To See A Doctor

Find answers to commonly asked questions about the menopause.

What is the Menopause?

It is when a woman stops having her periods altogether and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally. The menopause is a natural part of the ageing process for women and normally occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 years as a woman’s estrogen levels decline. The average age of the menopause in the UK is 51.

Menopause Facts – 

The menopause occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55.


The menopause fully happens 12 months after your last menstruation. The perimenopause is very often gradual and most women experience some symptoms. The only thing that is inevitable with the menopause is infertility. There are many symptoms women experience from insomnia, mood swings, fatigue, depression, irritability, hot flashes, headaches a racing heart.

  • What triggers stress?
    Stress is your body’s reaction to a trigger. Its is generally a short-term experience. Stress is not necessarily negative. There can be positive affects from stress. When stress helps you pull of the impossible, it is positive. Stress can however lead to insomnia, poor concentration, and impaired ability to do the things you normally do, which is very negative. Stress is a response to a threat in any given situation.
  • What triggers anxiety?
    Anxiety is a sustained mental health disorder that can be triggered by stress. Anxiety does not fade away, it hangs on and can cause significant consequences in social, occupational, and other important areas of your life affecting your ability to function. Long terms chronic stress can lead to long-term chronic anxiety. Anxiety & Stress is a complaint among people irrespective of their age. There can be various reasons for the development of Anxiety & Stress and determining the exact cause is essential to obtain proper treatment.
  • How does stress affect your health?
    It can affect your health in many ways. It can cause headaches, high blood pressure, chest pain, heart palpitation, skin rashes, loss of sleep.
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