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Darin Professional Centre
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Greenslopes, QLD 4120


Menopause is the final menstrual (monthly) period in a woman’s life. It is a natural occurrence and marks the end of the reproductive years. You will know that the menopause has taken place if you have not had any bleeding for 12 months. Most women reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, the average being around 50. Menopause before the age of 40 is called ‘premature menopause’ and ‘early menopause’ before 45.

As you approach menopause, the production of hormones (such as oestrogen) by the ovaries starts to slow down. Hormone levels tend to fluctuate and you may notice changes in your menstrual cycle. For example: Cycles may become longer, shorter or totally irregular; bleeding may become lighter; bleeding may become unpredictable and heavy. Eventually your hormone levels will fall to a point where menstruation (periods) will cease altogether and the menopause is reached.

Although fertility after the age of 45 is low, you still need to use contraception to prevent pregnancy (even if only barrier contraception such as male or female condoms) until you have had one year without a natural period.

Some of the symptoms that women may experience include:

If you think you may be experiencing the symptoms above, phone 3394 4644 to arrange an appointment with one of our Doctor's.

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