There are good books out there. I don't think doctors really understand it.

Age when symptoms started: 45

Even though you have insomnia but are tired and wired at the same time, don’t delay going to bed to make sure you are really tired as although you get to sleep you don’t get enough and wake feeling groggy from lack of enough sleep!! Don’t do stress - try and take time out to do something relaxing for yourself and plenty of deep breathing exercises helps. Read an article some years ago from a gynaecologist who said “plenty of sex/masturbation to keep your vagina healthy and that women should take as much care moisturising this area as their faces!” Probably true but sex was so painful I couldn’t enjoy it due to pain and no amount of lubricants helped with that! 10 years later still the same and wishing I could enjoy sex like I used too. Tried HRT which did help but had to come off it due to it causing hyperplasia of womb/bleeding and they wouldn’t even let me use pessaries because the oestrogen would travel upwards to the womb!! Still longing for sex which isn’t painful! There needs to be more menopause clinics available for women to address/discuss issues as Doctors/Consultants don’t have time any more!

Age when symptoms started: 49

Yes take care of self. Eat well and exercise, especially walking. Avoid smoking. Take good supplements like evening primrose. Take regular massages to relax and avoid stress.

Symptoms:

Flushed face

Age when symptoms started: 45

It happens to all women, it isn't an illness and don't worry about symptoms because you may not have any like me!

Symptoms:

Other

Age when symptoms started: 57

Try to eat healthily, exercise, take lots of walks in nature.. and take time out for yourself to relax, listen to your body.. and talk about how your feeling with friends.. they’re probably feeling the same!

Age when symptoms started: 51

Do kegels. Be careful about pilates - I made my prolapse worse by pushing myself. Find a teacher who understands. Get help - menopause should not be that hard.

Age when symptoms started: 52

Once you enter the journey of menopausal life you need to change your diet and the way you eat and nourish your body. There will be things you can no longer digest, for me it was red meat. It is now a heath road journey and the walnut affects and your responses depends on your diet.

Age when symptoms started: 40

Be confident that your body knows what it is doing and be reassured that it won't go on forever. You were awesome yesterday, you are awesome today and you will be awesome tomorrow! If others notice you getting hot and sweating, you are not responsible for how this impacts on them or for how they react. Try and stay calm and let it wash over you rather than trying to fight or suppress it. With other symptoms, talk to your GP where appropriate and accept any help they can offer (that you are comfortable with). Also consider alternative therapies and treatments, although it is easy to get ripped off looking for the magic bullet so seek proper and professional advice. Finally, getting a counsellor who can help you focus on you and the changes you and your body are going through could be very helpful. You are entering the next stage of your life so there is potentially some work around letting go of what is passing as well as preparing for what is to come.

Age when symptoms started: 36

Just put yourself first a few times a week and do something for you that you really enjoy. Talk to your partner about how you are feeling, confide in friends and ask for support at work - a lot of employers have menopause policies now to support women going through this big change in their life. Try meditation or other relaxation techniques to counter stress and anxiety. Eat healthily - lots of fruit and vegetables and wholegrains, and go easy on caffeine and alcohol as both can disrupt your sleep.

Age when symptoms started: 48

Eat veg and fruit, and exercise every day. Talk to other women of the same age, it helps to talk. Evening primrose for hormones. Drink lots of water, moisturise and go to bed when tired. Try to get 7hrs sleep.

Age when symptoms started: 44

Be kind to yourself, pamper yourself more with warm baths, body butter, perfume, nice food and always tell someone how you feel. See a specialist at a menopause clinic, they understand more and every menopause is different. I personally couldn’t handle the sweats they made me feel miserable. Eat healthier too.

Age when symptoms started: 38

Be kind and patient to yourself. Don’t fight or try to control the many changes. Express and share your feelings with loved ones so that you can be supported. Hang out with your peers, that way you never feel different or the odd one out. You can learn and share experiences, often laughing and joking about what is such a life changing time.

Age when symptoms started: 48

Good healthy diet, exercise and beware of physically repetitive jobs in the workplace...Fall in love and be worshipped and adored, the love of a good man makes life easier.

Age when symptoms started: 40

Talking about it.

Symptoms:

Other

Age when symptoms started: 42

Eat & drink healthily, exercise.

Symptoms:

Other

Age when symptoms started: 47

Acknowledge it. Discuss with your partner.

Symptoms:

Low period

Age when symptoms started: 46

Be kind to yourself and be honest and open with your partner about how you are feeling.

Age when symptoms started: 43

I would say to talk to people they trust about what they are going through if it helps them, to also take time out, not to blame themselves for it or think that something bad is happening to them and to also seek professional advice or join groups of women who are going through the same thing and may be able to share their stories or advice.

Age when symptoms started: 35