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Nine in 10 menopausal women suffer mental health issues, research suggests

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Saturday 12 June 2021 15:21 BST
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Majority of 3.4 million women between 50 and 64 in UK will be experiencing symptoms of menopause
Majority of 3.4 million women between 50 and 64 in UK will be experiencing symptoms of menopause (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Nine in 10 women going through menopause experience mental health issues, with many suffering “crippling” anxiety and depression, new research has suggested.

Healthcare providers told The Independent many people only associate menopause with physical symptoms such as hot flushes but the mental health repercussions are far more “crippling”.

The majority of the 3.4 million women between 50 and 64 in the UK will be experiencing symptoms of the menopause – with these ranging from heart palpitations to hot flushes, vaginal pain and changes in mood.

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