I'm experiencing the menopause
It can negatively affect your mental health by causing symptoms such as anxiety, mood swings, low self-esteem and difficulty sleeping, as well as the impact of physical symptoms such as hot flushes, all of which can contribute to a higher risk of suicidal thoughts.
Menopause occurs when a woman’s periods stop due to lower hormone levels, usually between the ages of 45 and 55.
It can have a huge impact on your life, including work and relationships, and symptoms can last for months or years as well as change with time.
Getting advice early can reduce the impact menopause has on your health and your life.
Eating well, exercising and looking after your mental wellbeing can help with symptoms.
The main medicine treatment is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), which replaces the low-level hormones, but there are other treatments available.
Here are some suggested support resources we hope you find helpful:
Menopause NHS is an NHS resource site which explains about the symptoms to look out for and things you can do to alleviate these. The site also provides guidance about available treatments and signposting to other help and support.
Menopause Experts is a mission led social enterprise, founded by Dee Murray, which provides a range of support, resources and community opportunities to get involved in supporting women in the workplace and at home.
Women’s Health Concern was established in 1972 and has been the patient arm of the BMS since 2012. WHC provides a confidential, independent service to advise, inform and reassure women about their gynaecological, sexual and post reproductive health.
Menopause Matters is an award winning, independent website providing up-to-date, accurate information about the menopause, menopausal symptoms and treatment options. Here you will find information on what happens leading up to, during and after the menopause, what the consequences can be, what you can do to help and what treatments are available.
Menopause Cafe Rachel Weiss had the idea for Menopause Cafe in 2017, inspired by Kirsty Wark’s BBC programme “Menopause and Me”. The world’s first Menopause Cafe opened in Perth, Scotland in June 2017.
Menopause Support Menopause Support is a not for profit community interest company and the home of the national #MakeMenopauseMatter campaign. Menopause Support provides many free resources on their website, as well as private support via telephone and video consultations and bespoke menopause training and support solutions for businesses and organisations and menopause training days for therapists and well-being professionals.
BUPA – Menopause Support is a resources guide provided by the private health and medical company on their website. There are a number of extremely useful resources provided.