Menopause

The menopause is when a woman stops ovulating and having periods, so is unlikely to become pregnant. The average age of the menopause in the UK is around 51. If you reach the menopause before the age of 40, it’s known as a ‘premature menopause’. At the Agora, we see women who are worried that they might be entering the menopause, as well as those who have reached the menopause and are confused about the treatment options that are available to relieve symptoms and maintain their long term health.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of the menopause, which are caused by lower levels of oestrogen, include:

How is it treated?

For many people, the menopause is a natural part of growing older and they do not have symptoms that affect their everyday life enough to need treatment. However, for people who do need treatment, or who are worried about their long term health, we can offer advice about the advantages and risks of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), as well as offering a diet and lifestyle programme to help reduce symptoms. We also offer advice about fertility services available for women who have had a premature menopause.