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How can I have a positive menopause?

Each month, bestselling author and speaker, Henrietta Norton, answers a health question and offers her professional advice. In her first column, she discusses ‘the change’, and how we can support ourselves through it

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The menopause is a natural transitionary process moving a woman away from her child-bearing years into a stage that, according to Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, is characterised by ‘soul development’. Obstetrician Christiane Northrup explains that ‘our fertility stops being about having children and starts being about what we create for ourselves that benefits us and the people around us’, and author and healer Donna Eden describes it as the gateway to our second prime of life. Full menopause is usually determined by the absence of a menstrual period for more than a year, and your GP may conduct a blood test to measure changes in the determining hormones. Menopause usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, with the average age being 51 in the UK. Prior to full menopause is a stage called perimenopause.

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