Menopause: diagnosis and management

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


Menopause is a gradual process that occurs on average for women in the UK at 51 years of age. An estimated 1.5 million women—around 80% of those going through menopause will experience common symptoms such as, hot flushes and night sweats. Other symptoms include vaginal dryness, mood changes, joint and muscle pain, and headaches. These symptoms can significantly affect quality of life.

Women with the menopause should be advised on the available options and their risks and benefits, and be empowered to make informed choices about their treatment.

This Guidelines summary covers diagnosis, treatment options, and includes a care algorithm for the management of menopause.


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