Menopause is when you have your final period. Your periods stop because your ovaries don’t release eggs any more.
Menopause can happen naturally, at the expected age or early. Your periods can also stop unexpectedly due to premature ovarian insufficiency, surgery or cancer treatment.
Perimenopause is the stage before menopause, when your ovaries are running out of eggs. During this time, you might start experiencing symptoms of menopause, such as hot flushes, night sweats and mood swings.
Management and treatment of menopausal symptoms will depend on your stage of life, relationships and general health and wellbeing. You can try different things to relieve your symptoms. For example, healthy living, complementary therapies, menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) and some prescription medications.
Learn more about menopause, the symptoms, causes, management options and where you can get help.