So... the menopause occurs on average at the age of 51 years, but symptoms and signs of menopause are noted [and perhaps most troublesome] in the ten years leading up to the menopause -
However, it is only about one in ten women who will suffer symptoms troublesome enough to seek medical treatment. Others may benefit from self-help techniques and natural remedies, and some will only remember mild symptoms in retrospect.
Despite all this attention being focused on the years leading up to the menopause itself, it is equally important that we learn about the long term effects of the post menopause years. Early attention to lifestyle can help to prevent some of these serious and debilitating problems.
Short Term Effects
I have included in this category those symptoms and signs which are primarily related to the changing hormonal levels of the perimenopause and early menopause but which tend to naturally resolve either during or in the year or two after the menopause once hormonal levels begin to settle.
January 2011: They say there is always a silver lining, and for those of you who are suffering with troublesome menopausal symptoms - here it is. The results of this new medical study are due to be published in one of the major cancer medical journals next month.
It appears that women who have suffered perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms - and particularly those who experienced more intense symtoms, for example hot flushes severe enough to wake them at night - show a 40%-60% reduction in the risk of the most common types of breast cancer.