Menopause is the period in woman’s life where her menstrual cycles end. It is diagnosed after a woman has not had a menstrual period for at least 12 months. Menopause typically occurs when a woman is in her 40s or 50s.

While menopause is a natural biological process that occurs in all women, some experience more severe physical symptoms than others. These can include symptoms such as hot flushes. Often the most common effects are emotional symptoms that disrupt a woman’s sleep, lowers her energy or affects her emotional well-being.

Menopause treatment can include the following:

• Hormone therapy where estrogen therapy is used to relieve hot flushes.

• Anti depressants may be prescribed to help with mood disorders

• Clonidine (normally used for high blood pressure) may also be prescribed for hot flushes

• Medications to help treat osteoparosis (a weakening of bone structure) which can sometimes occur during menopause