What signals the end of menopause?
Although symptoms of menopause do not tend to stop suddenly, there are certain changes in the body which signify the menopause is coming to an end. Women will generally see disruptive symptoms like difficulty sleeping and low mood begin to ease as they become better adjusted to their new hormonal balance.
As a result, women may experience a rejuvenation of energy and libido as well as an improvement in focus. It is important to note that certain menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes and mood swings, may occasionally reappear due to changing hormone levels, particularly a decrease in oestrogen.
However, if a menopausal woman feels her symptoms begin to ease alongside a new lease of energy, it is likely the menopause is coming to an end.
What happens after menopause?
Once a woman has gone through the menopausal transition she enters the postmenopausal phase of their life. This period will likely require some level of physical or emotional adjustment. After menopause, some women may experience physical changes such as weight gain, vaginal dryness and urinary incontinence. Although vaginal bleeding after menopause is unlikely to indicate an underlying medical condition, you should still consult a healthcare professional.
More information about postmenopause and hormone therapy can be found on the NHS information page.