Menopause is a natural event and transition that women experience, however, the timing and symptoms are different for everyone. You can look at your family history to get an idea of when you might go through it. It’s likely to be a similar age to when your mother or older sisters started theirs.

Perimenopause is the time from the start of menopausal symptoms until after a woman has experienced her last period. Periods will usually start to become less frequent over a few months or years before they stop altogether. They might be more irregular and become heavier or lighter. For some women, they can stop suddenly.

Perimenopause and menopause are a natural part of a woman’s life course and usually occur between the ages 45 and 55 years of age, as a woman’s oestrogen levels drop ( although it can start earlier) . In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach menopause is 51.


Please explore this page for more information and resources to support you

Menopause Warriors Scotland Support Group

Menopause Reading List- Glasgow Libraries

Please find a reading list created by our Libraries team 

NHS Inform - Menopause & post menopausal health


Menopause Matters

Menopause at work- Menopause matters

Menopause & mental health

Information for men on menopause- The Man Shed

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