The menopause is the time in a woman’s life when her ovaries stop producing eggs and the oestrogen hormone level drops. Usually the transition to menopause starts between the ages of 45 and 52. In this transition period, which on average lasts 4.8 years1, up to 80% of the women suffer from menopausal complaints2. Symptoms include hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, tiredness, sleep disorder, mood swings, and a loss of interest in sex. It is important to know that every woman experiences the menopause differently; for some the occurring symptoms can have a tremendous impact on their health and life quality.
The menopause is, therefore, a predominant health issue for midlife women and it is very important to raise awareness of menopausal complaints. The IMS has provided a poster and patient information leaflet with the topic “Sexual well-being after menopause” in several languages, so that affected women are encouraged to speak to a healthcare professional about their symptoms. The menopausal transition is not a disease; it is a naturally occurring change of the female body with attendant symptoms, which when treated, can be reduced to a minimum.
1 Harlow and Paramsothy. Menstruation and the Menopause Transition (2012)
2 Avis et al. Duration of menopausal vasomotor symptoms over the menopause transition (2015)