“The menopause crept up on me. It probably started when I was around 54 and it got gradually worse and worse, until one day it was unbearable."
When Denise Harding went through the menopause aged 32, she could never have imagined the toll it would take on her body and her mental health.
"[The migraines] were completely debilitating. I was always having time off work because the pain meant I couldn't get out of bed - no amount of painkillers would work."
Australian pop star Kylie Minogue, 49, says she’s preparing for her second round of menopause, after first experiencing the loss of menstruation during treatment for breast cancer 12 years ago.
"This is quite shocking to people. This is me. This is endometriosis," she wrote. "I never intended to share these photos."
Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that women who begin their periods at age 12 or older - and experience menopause at 50 or older - are more likely to live until they’re 90. The study tracked 16,000 women over 21 years, and also found that late bloomers were less likely to deal with coronary heart disease and diabetes.
You don’t need to be a yoga fanatic to feel its benefits, it turns out, as a study has revealed that just 10 minutes of it a day could help to ease menopause symptoms and even depression. In a study published in the journal Menopause, women who stretched for 10 minutes before bed, five times a week had reduced symptoms of menopause compared to those who did no yoga at all. Yoga didn’t solve hot flushes, but it did improve the womens’ sleep quality, reduced aches and pains, and boosted their mood.