#gezondheid During menopause, the female body must adapt to these natural changes. In the hormonal household, symptoms such as hot flashes and palpitations may occur. With a hot flush, the woman suddenly feels very warm, she starts to sweat and turns red in the face. In addition, women may experience psychological symptoms such as depression, anxiety and lack of concentration, as well as urogenital symptoms such as inflammation of the vagina, pain or discomfort during urination and difficulty in stopping the urination.

Menopause usually arises naturally, but can also be the result of the removal of the ovaries. In Europe, menopause usually occurs in women between 48 and 55 years of age and the average age at which menopause occurs is 51 years. In some women, it occurs much earlier, especially in women who have undergone radio- or chemotherapy treatment. Early menopause can also have a genetic cause. A so-called premature menopause is defined as menopause that occurs before the 40th year of life and occurs in 1 to 2% of women.

Postmenopausal women, especially of European origin, are at increased risk of developing bone decalcification and Alzheimer's disease. This is mainly due to the low levels of estrogen after menopause.