Ever fancied an omelette for dinner and realised you’ve run out of eggs? All you do is pop down to the local shop and buy some more. However, for women going through perimenopause, the egg supply is not as easily stocked up. It is an inevitable ‘rite of passage’ leading up the menopause (when egg ovulation stops) and affects all women differently. Common symptoms include changes in your periods and the amount of blood you lose, as well as hot flushes, night sweats, as well as vaginal and urinary complaints. Treatments are available if symptoms start to take over your life, with 10% of women seeking medical advice. The remainder rely on self-help methods, including stress management and regular exercise.
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