The average age for a woman in the UK to start the menopause is 52 but, as many women start experiencing symptoms before they reach 40, this figure does not give a true indication of when it is likely to happen to you. And just as the menopausal age has a vast range, so does the list of possible signs, and the degree to which you will suffer – if at all.

What are the symptoms of the menopause?

Often, one of the first signs is a change to your menstrual cycle, with your periods getting lighter or heavier, or more or less frequent. Many women report a loss of libido and vaginal dryness that can make sex uncomfortable or even painful. Hot flushes are a very common symptom; the feeling that your body is burning is usually more pronounced over the chest area and the head. Much research has been done on hot flushes but as yet there are no conclusive explanations. Other symptoms include headaches, heart palpitations, insomnia and mood changes. These symptoms usually, but not always, clear once the menopause is behind you; by seeking the advice of an expert such as London female gynaecologist Miss Amanda Tozer, you give yourself the best chance of dealing effectively with everything the menopause throws at you.

Is there a cure?

There is no cure for the menopause itself but it is possible to treat most of the symptoms with medication and hormone replacement therapy. The menopause can be both physically and emotionally challenging for some women and it is important that they are supported through this difficult time. At Miss Amanda Tozer’s menopause clinic in London’s Harley Street, menopausal women can get the help they need to manage the side effects. An experienced female gynaecologist, Miss Tozer has helped hundreds of women through their menopause, offering effective treatments and sound advice and support.