Menopause

For many women experiencing physical and psychological symptoms of
transition, the process of navigating uncharted waters may feel immense. 

I am available to help you rationalise and normalise your thoughts through
therapy, and assist you to feel supported through this process.

The reality of menopause

Menopause often referred to as ‘the change’ is a biological occurrence that all women will experience at some point in their life.

It is the biological stage during which a woman stops having menstrual periods as she reaches the conclusion of her natural reproductive life. For many women who are suffering the physical and/or psychological symptoms of transition, the process of navigating such unchartered waters can be immense. Due to lack of awareness and understanding, may result in them feeling isolated, lonely and frustrated.

Psychological symptoms.

With such physical upheaval it is no wonder that affected women may suffer emotional effects including mood swings, which may result in them becoming psychologically unwell. These symptoms can result in loss of self- esteem and other underlying issues that many would not think to attribute to menopause, such as depression, anxiety, and even in some cases suicidal ideation.

Additionally, some women experience feelings of grief for their youth and loss of fertility and/or an unfulfilled ambition of having children. This is worsened by the fact that for many, menopause coincides with the time at which teenage children leave home, or elderly parents become unwell or pass away.

Anyone showing psychological indicators should seek professional support and guidance.

Menopause need not necessarily be a negative experience and with
the correct support and guidance the load can be lightened. If
transition is having a significant impact on your daily life, I can help
you to help process and understand the turmoil going on for you right
now.

You do not have to do this on your own. Please contact me to seek
support, so you are not suffering in silence.

Physical symptoms

The decrease in oestrogen levels often causes affected women to complain of symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats and palpitations. In addition to this, women may experience vaginal dryness or low sexual desire, which can negatively impact intimacy and the relationship between couples. Other disparate symptoms may include headaches, neck and backache, bloating, breast discomfort, difficulty sleeping, fatigue and weight gain.

What age may this transition occur?

In the UK, the average age is of the transition is 51, but this varies widely depending on factors such as ethnicity and lifestyle. Additionally, premature menopause affects one in 100 women under the age of 40, some may be launched into this transition early because of hormone-dependent cancer or gynaecological conditions.

Management of symptoms

The National Institute for Health Care Excellence (NICE) has guidance on menopause, including how to determine if menopause has started, along with the drug and non-drug treatment options that may assist with physical and psychological symptoms. It also clarifies both the potential risks and benefits of taking Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).

Adopting a healthier lifestyle which includes a reduced alcohol intake, adequate sleep and participation in exercise such as yoga, walking outdoors or other forms of exercise, in addition to talking therapies may also be of help.

If this resonates with you and you wish to see if I may be able to assist you, please contact me to arrange a confidential discovery call. You have the right to an informed choice and support through this transition, and I am here to support you.

Useful Links:

NICE guideline, Menopause: diagnosis and management: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng23

Menopause Matters: https://www.menopausematters.co.uk/

Menopause Treatment- NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/menopause/treatment/

The British Menopause Society https://thebms.org.uk/

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