Chang­ing times

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Ageing With Attitude -

MENOPAUSE which is of­fi­cially de­fined at the point when a woman has had no pe­ri­ods for a year, may be a pre­cise guide­line, but the phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal changes that ac­com­pany it can last for many years, says Ais­ling Grim­ley, right, the Ir­ish-based founder of My Sec­ond Spring, the web­site which dis­cusses openly this tran­si­tion for women. The most-re­ported symp­toms of menopause that she says women share are hot flushes and night sweats, anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion, in­som­nia, brain fog, fa­tigue, loss of li­bido, painful sex, vagi­nal at­ro­phy, hair loss, weight gain, mus­cle and joint pain and dry eyes. The web­site which cel­e­brated its fifth birth­day last month has built up an ac­tive com­mu­nity of two mil­lion-plus vis­i­tors.­sec­ond­

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