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Some women dread en­ter­ing their 50s, feel­ing it rep­re­sents a decade of phys­i­cal and emo­tional chal­lenges. Main­tain­ing a healthy weight, espe­cially around the belly, get­ting qual­ity sleep and un­der­tak­ing reg­u­lar ex­er­cise can off­set some of the dif­fi­cul­ties dur­ing per­i­menopause and menopause (the av­er­age age when this oc­curs is 55, says Dr Tan­ner) for some women.

This is when hav­ing es­tab­lished a good re­la­tion­ship with your fam­ily GP or gy­nae­col­o­gist can come in handy as they can guide you through what may or may not work for you med­i­cally dur­ing this phase. Symp­toms in­clude ir­reg­u­lar men­strual pat­terns dur­ing per­i­menopause and bloat­ing. Mood changes, anx­i­ety, hot flushes and re­duced li­bido can oc­cur dur­ing menopause. It’s im­por­tant to look af­ter your­self dur­ing this time.

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