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PMS and the menopause

Published on
14 Mar

Everyone who has periods will go through the menopause. The word menopause is derived from the Greek words mēn (“month”) and pausis (“pause”), meaning the end of monthly cycles. It usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 as the natural levels of oestrogen in a female’s body drop. The postmenopausal years are often a time of relief for those with PMS and PMDD, as both conditions also disappear during this time.

There is often some confusion about perimenopause (the time leading up to menopause) and menopause itself. Many of us use the terms interchangeably, which adds to the lack of clarity. While being postmenopausal (the time after menopause) is associated with the end of PMS or PMDD, many people find that their PMS gets worse during perimenopause. The thought of more hormonal changes in the lead-up to menopause can understandably provoke anxiety or fear in those with PMS or PMDD.

With the right support and access to treatment, you need not fear menopause. There are numerous options to help you manage any PMS symptoms you might experience during perimenopause, so you can look forward to being free from PMS and PMDD in menopause and beyond.

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