The menopause (also known as ‘the change’) is naturally a part of getting older for every woman.

There are three types of menopause:

First of all, premature menopause. For whatever reason, this is menopause that starts before the age of 40.
And then, peri-menopause. This will usually start when you reach around 40. Your monthly cycle will start to change because oestrogen and progesterone levels start to drop. As a result, your cycle can get lighter, heavier, longer or shorter and, gradually, less frequent. This can take several months to several years.
Finally, full menopause. As a result, your monthly cycle stops and your ovaries no longer produce eggs. This is usually between the ages of 45 and 55, and the average age, in the UK, is 51.

There are three types of menopause:

Consequently, having lower levels of oestrogen can cause you problematic symptoms. These symptoms vary a lot – especially how long they last, and how mild or severe they are. Most of all, the impact on your sleep, work and private life can seem overwhelming at times.

The most common symptoms include:

• Hot flushes, night sweats and chills
• Sleeping problems
• Headaches
• Palpitations
• Mood swings, anger, irritability and impatience
• Anxiety and/or depression
• Memory and concentration difficulties
• Reduced interest in sex (libido)
• Vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex
• Itchy or ‘crawling’ feeling
• Joint stiffness and aches
• Weight gain

Clinical hypnotherapy can help to reduce the effects of many menopausal symptoms without the need for medication. If you would like to find out more about getting help, please contact us.

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