Menopause, often referred to as ‘the change of life’, can be upsetting, uncomfortable and worrying for some women. This time in a woman’s life marks the end of the menstrual cycle and usually leads to a loss of sex drive. The average age of the onset of menopause in women in the United Kingdom is 52, but many women go through the change much sooner – this is known as premature menopause. The main cause of menopause in older women is lowered oestrogen levels – as oestrogen production in the ovaries is gradually reduced, the menstrual cycle winds down before eventually stopping completely.
The menopause can be both physically and mentally draining on a woman’s well-being, impacting hugely on hormone balance and leading to a variety of symptoms including hot flushes, night sweats and anxiety.
For many women, the biggest complaint relating to the menopause is the effect it has on libido – many women no longer feel the urge to have sex following the menopause, developing vaginal dryness and even the inability to reach orgasm. After years of intensive research, there are now a number of options which work to help reverse these effects. The most popular solution to this issue is hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – however, if you would prefer not to opt for this costly and invasive treatment supplements and creams are out on the market.