Peri to Post Menopause
The menopause is the absence of periods for 1 year after which the woman is post-menopausal. The average age for the menopause is 51, however the peri-menopause can begin 10-15 years before this. During this time a woman will experience menopausal symptoms due to hormone changes (particularly a reduction in oestrogen), but will still have periods, which will change in frequency or nature. There are approximately 41 symptoms of the peri-menopause the most common being night sweats, hot flushes, brain fog, joint aches, and vaginal dryness and/or itching. Women can experience changes to their bodies during the peri-menopause and beyond. These may include a sudden urgent need to urinate, needing to urinate more often, a dry vulva (the external genitalia) and/or vagina, or a bulge, heaviness or dragging in their vagina, which may be due to a prolapse. These symptoms can be distressing, but in conjunction with your GP can be effectively managed with women’s health physiotherapy.
Women's Physiotherapy Reigate offers a peri/menopause MOT check to help with any pelvic health problems due to the peri/menopause.