For the majority of women, symptoms of menopause (which you experience because your hormones are becoming unbalanced) start appearing before periods come to a stop. Check this list, and if you find that any of these symptoms sound familiar, speak with your GP; you may be approaching menopause.

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Dry hair or skin

  • Feeling irritable

  • Frequent urination

  • Hot flushes

  • Inability to sleep, or interrupted sleep

  • Incontinence

  • Irregular periods

  • Lapses of memory

  • Mood swings

  • Rapid heartbeats (or ‘heart flutters’)

  • Vaginal dryness