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World menopause day: From feeling ‘creakier’ to ‘sailing through it’ – some well-known Irish women speak out about menopause

More and more, women are opening up about menopause, talking candidly about their own experiences. Here, eight well-known Irish faces chat about the good, the bad and the ugly of the ‘change’

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Author Cathy Kelly finds HRT helpful but is feeling 'creakier'

Author Cathy Kelly finds HRT helpful but is feeling 'creakier'

Writer Sheila O'Flanagan

Writer Sheila O'Flanagan

Comedian June Rodgers

Comedian June Rodgers

Model agency boss Celia Holman Lee

Model agency boss Celia Holman Lee

Restaurateur Sallyanne Clarke

Restaurateur Sallyanne Clarke

TV presenter Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh

TV presenter Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh

Former minister for health Mary O'Rourke

Former minister for health Mary O'Rourke

Mary Byrne says her libido is stronger than ever. Photo: Frank McGrath

Mary Byrne says her libido is stronger than ever. Photo: Frank McGrath

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Author Cathy Kelly finds HRT helpful but is feeling 'creakier'

With today being World Menopause Day, it’s the perfect time to chat to some familiar faces about a very natural phase in every woman’s life that for too long has been shrouded in secrecy and misinformation.

Menopause is the term for the end of a woman’s menstrual cycles, marking the end of her reproductive years. It usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, but the average age for a woman to reach menopause is 51. Women’s oestrogen levels decline at different rates and perimenopause takes place when our bodies begin the natural transition to menopause.


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