Menopause – Female Hormones & HRT


In this comprehensive leaflet, we consider all aspects of the menopause including diagnosis, symptoms, and treatments, and discuss the effect it can have on women with ME/CFS.

The menopause occurs when your monthly periods (menstruation) stop and pregnancy becomes less likely. The ovaries stop producing an egg every four weeks. It is sometimes referred to as the “change of life”. Around 70% of women experience physical, gynaecological and psychological symptoms during the menopause – some of which are the same or similar to those found in ME/CFS. So it’s not surprising to find that the menopause can sometimes cause a significant flare-up of ME/CFS symptoms.

Topics covered in this leaflet, include: What is the menopause? Symptoms – physical, gynaecological, sexual, psychological, What causes the menopause? Diagnosis, Investigations and blood tests, General management, Research, Drug treatments, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), Tibolone, Contraception during menopause, Alternative and complementary management.

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The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

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