World Menopause Day is held every year on 18 October.
This year’s theme is “Testosterone for Women at Midlife”.
Testosterone can help to alleviate some health-related issues of menopause.
The menopause is a natural part of ageing in women that usually occurs between the ages of 45-55 years as a woman’s oestrogen levels decline. In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51, but around one in 100 women experience the menopause before the age of 40.
There are many symptoms of the menopause which can include hot flushes, night sweats, difficulty sleeping, low mood and problems with memory or concentration.
It is worth seeing your GP if you have menopausal symptoms that are troubling you or if you’re experiencing the symptoms of the menopause before 45 years of age.
There are a number of treatments for the symptoms which your GP can discuss with you and they include lifestyle changes, hormone replacement therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.