About Menopause

It's time to tell it like it is

Did you know?

Menopause symptoms are typically experienced for 5-10 years
Perimenopause is the first menopause stage, starting around age 45
1 in 5 women experience menopause symptoms that interfere with daily life1
There are more than 20 recognised menopause symptoms2
20% of women experience no symptoms during menopause1
The term 'Menopause' originates from Greek words for 'month' & 'stop'

Menopause - the stages of change

Menopause, commonly referred to as "the change of life" or "the climacteric" in medical terms, occurs over three stages – perimenopause, menopause & post-menopause and can span a 5–10-year period.

Menopause symptoms typically arise in perimenopause, though can continue through early menopause. Common symptoms experienced by women in menopause are;

Hot flushes & night sweats
Sleep disturbances & insomnia
Irritability & mood swings
Muscle tension & joint pain
Low libido & sexual dysfunction
Vaginal dryness & urinary changes
Fatigue & brain fog
45-50 Years
55-60 Years


Perimenopause is first stage where the body starts to transition before entering menopause, typically occurring between 45 and 50 years old. During this period, hormone levels such as estrogen, progesterone, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) & luteinising hormone (LH), start to become erratic.

Perimenopause is generally characterised by unpredictable menstrual cycles (irregular periods with varying durations & flows) and the onset of other symptoms, as outlined above. Effectively, the ovaries gradually decrease their production of estrogen which results in a decline of fertility, though it is still possible for women to become pregnant during perimenopause.


Menopause is officially defined as the point where a woman has had 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period.

During this stage, hormone levels start to decline more rapidly than in perimenopause. Effectively, the ovaries stop releasing eggs and ovulation ceases, meaning pregnancy is no longer possible.

The menopause symptoms outlined above may commence, continue or fluctuate in severity and frequency during the menopause stage.


Postmenopause is the final stage of menopause where the body is transitioning out of menopause.

During this stage, hormone levels will stop dropping & start to stabilise.

This is the point where the body reaches a new equilibrium which results in menopause symptoms beginning to subside.

Once post-menopausal, women will remain in this stage for the rest of their lives.

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  • Relieve hot flushes & irritability
  • Reduce restless sleep & fatigue
  • Support healthy libido
  • Decrease vaginal dryness
  • Reduce muscle aches & mild joint pain

This is a practitioner only medicine. Please consult with a healthcare professional to ensure it is right for you. Always read the label and follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, consult your pharmacist or healthcare professional.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does menopause start?
Perimenopause, the first stage of menopause, typically begins between the ages of 45 and 55. Though the average age of onset is 51, everyone's experience of menopause is different, and it can start at various times.
How do I know it's menopause?
Menopause is officially defined as the point where a woman has had 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period. The average age this occurs is 51 years, though varies widely.
What is perimenopause & how does it differ to menopause?
Perimenopause is the first stage of menopause, where symptoms generally start to occur. Typically, women experience irregular periods along with hot flushes, night sweat, mood swings, muscle pain, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, and sleep issues. Perimenopause typically starts between 45 and 51 years old.
What can I do to relieve menopause symptoms naturally?

There are many avenues for managing menopause symptoms, depending on the severity and how frequently they occur. Eating nutritious food and exercising regularly are great ways to help manage symptoms naturally.

There are also plant-derived complementary medicines such as Estrovera, that can help manage common menopause symptoms. You can also speak with healthcare professionals to understand your options.

What are the symptoms of menopause?
Menopause shows up differently in every woman, and symptoms range from hot flushes, muscle aches and mood swings to low libido, sleeplessness and fatigue. Women may also experience night sweats, joint pain, brain fog and urinary changes
How can I support someone during menopause?

As menopause can manifest in many ways, it's a good idea to start a conversation to understand support the woman wants.

As a guide, you may want to help them unwind to combat fatigue and sleep issues, lend a listening ear to their frustrations, provide a massage for aching muscle or joints, and encourage healthy lifestyle practices to help their body best adapt.

The body undergoes many changes during menopause which may be frustrating, frightening, exhilarating or a combination of these feelings, so patience and understanding is key.

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1 Symptoms of Menopause, Jean Hailes, 19 August 2022

2 Based on the Greene Climacteric Scale, used worldwide to measure menopause symptoms