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Mental health and menopause: how to identify symptoms and offer support

RCN guidance on the psychological symptoms of the menopause
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RCN guidance on the psychological symptoms of the menopause

Essential facts

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) defines the menopause as the biological stage in a woman’s life when menstruation stops permanently. A woman is in the menopause when she has not had a period for 12 consecutive months.

The average age of the menopause is 51, although it varies between 45 and 57. Women may experience a variety of physical and psychological symptoms due to changing hormone levels.

Browse RCNi menopause resources

What’s new

The RCN has published a Menopause and Mental Health pocket guide to help nurses provide women with information on living well and managing menopause-related issues.

Sections include some common myths, tips on diet and exercise, prescribed

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