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.