Many women suffer menopause in silence.

Very often, women endure the effects of the menopause in silence because it’s a taboo subject, a survey claimed yesterday.

Many women said that their doctor didn't really understand the physical and emotional problems that come with ‘the change of life’.

Practically half of all women questioned (46 per cent) blame the menopause for ruining their sex life. Some 38 per cent say it also hits their self-esteem.

Unfortunately, many feel unable to discuss the issues concerning menopause, even with their partner.

In Britain, the average age of the menopause is 51,. This is when periods stop and many women develop symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, depression, ­irritability, and loss of concentration.Having said that, many lucky women don't get these symptoms. For the ones that do, there are quite a lot of things, even natural things, that a woman can do to help her at this time.

In fact it can often benefit women to try and prepare themselves beforehand by keeping fit and healthy before the onset of menopause.

According to the report, one in six women say hot flushes and anxiety affected their work life.

Some 20 per cent claim their doctor did not understand the problems they were going through. But one third of couples said they would not be comfortable talking about their own or their partner’s menopause. (Editor - This is one of the reasons that we will have a confidential forum on this site. So that women can share ideas and the good, the bad and the ugly of menopause).

Some researchers suggest taht women in the UK often ahve a harder time in meopause that in many other countries.

More than half feel tired all the time and suffer aching joints, compared with much lower levels in Japan, China, the U.S. and Canada. It is thought stress could be responsible.

Perhaps as a starting point, we should not suffer in silence any more. Share your feelings with others, your partner or people here on this site.