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Cape Town - “I am haywire. I’m up, down, hot, cold. I’m all over the place.”

This is how Whoopi Goldberg, 55, describes menopause.

'I am haywire. I'm up, down, hot, cold. I'm all over the place.' This is how Whoopi Goldberg, 55, describes menopause. Credit: REUTERS

She said it turned her life upside down.

One of the major changes the actress noticed was in her sex drive: “One minute I’m like, ‘Yeah! I can’t wait for it’. The next I’m saying, ‘Oh, God, go away’.”

As women our bodies have to endure many changes and if getting your period, going through pregnancy and giving birth isn’t bad enough, the ending of our productive cycle seems just as bad.

If you’re there yet or steadily approaching it, menopause is one of those natural phases we’ll all have to go through.

There is no way to predict when an individual will enter menopause, but the average age of menopause is 51.

Most women reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, but menopause may occur as early as the 30s or 40s or may not occur until a woman reaches her 60s.

Each woman’s experience is different. Some women may experience few or no symptoms of menopause, while others experience multiple physical and psychological symptoms.

Here are symptoms of menopause and perimenopause to look out for: