WE’RE HERE TO HELP
GEN M is a site for everyone – whether you’re here for yourself or you’re a partner, friend, relative or colleague supporting someone else. We’ve spent hours trawling all the information out there on the signs and symptoms of the menopause to bring the best of it into one space.
If you’re here for yourself: read the ‘self-analysis’ section below to work out where you are on your journey, then head to the ‘Perimenopause’ or ‘Menopause’ section depending on your result. Here you’ll find all the potential symptoms, and we’ll explain what’s causing them, as well as share top tips with you on how to best manage them.
If you’re here for someone else: if you’re not sure what stage of the menopause they’re in, read the ‘self-analysis’ section below to increase your understanding. Then, select ‘Perimenopause’ or ‘Menopause’ from the boxes at the bottom of the page to read up on the symptoms and discover how they might be feeling. You’ll find a toggle on every page to switch the top tips to those ‘For Others’, where you’ll find practical advice you can put to use straight away.
SELF-ANALYSIS: WHAT'S GOING ON AND OUR TOP TIPS.
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Out-of-the-ordinary things going on with your body and mind? Wondering if it’s just part of getting older or down to stress? It could be connected to a bigger change...
The change, to be exact.
The different stages of the menopause mean you could start with symptoms years before you stop bleeding.
This is called the perimenopause and begins on average four years before your last period, though it could be much, much longer – which is why so many of us end up tearing our hair out trying to work out what the hell’s going on.
In complete contrast to this perplexing perimenopause detective work, there’s a straight-forward signpost you’ve reached the menopause (or postmenopause depending on who you talk to) – it’s twelve consecutive months without a period.
The average age in the UK for this to happen is 51, and for the majority it occurs somewhere between the ages of 45 and 55. Reaching the menopause before 45 is known as early menopause. This can occur naturally due to Premature Ovarian Failure (POI) or be medically-induced by surgery or treatments such as chemo.
In the UK, there are a whopping 13 million of us somewhere on this journey, yet everyone is affected differently. Our personal menopause experience comes down to a host of factors, including health, genes and ethnicity.
Then there’s all the people around us who are affected too – partners, family members, friends and workmates – who often don’t know how to help.
to an easier ride?
TO AN EASIER RIDE
The six steps may seem pretty obvious, but actually putting them into practice will make a huge difference. They truly are the foundations for a better menopause.
Drink at least two litres of water every single day to help ward off changes to your skin, hair and nails, keep your organs in check and your brain firing on all cylinders.
Whether it’s a walk or full-blown workout, lifting your heart-rate will release endorphins – your brain’s own pick-me-up for both mental and physical symptoms.
EAT THE RAINBOW
No, not Skittles. Up the amount of veg, protein, calcium and magnesium in your diet to give your body the good stuff it needs to deal with the changes it's going through.
GET A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP
Getting six to eight hours sleep a night is the cornerstone of a better day with less intense symptoms. Avoid screens and stimulants like caffeine before bed.
SEEK OUT SUPPLEMENTS
Finding the right supplements for you can work wonders – whether it’s Omega-3s to fire up your brain through to sage extract to keep hot flushes at bay.
DON’T DISMISS HRT
It’s well worth investigating whether or not you can take it. Track your symptoms on paper or via an app and show your doctor to find the right type and dose for you.