During the menopause, oestrogen levels decrease. This results in increased loss of calcium from the bone, which in the long term can lead to weak bones in some women.
Some women may be prescribed calcium and/or vitamin D supplements during the menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) containing oestrogen which can support bone health. Speak to your doctor about HRT and vitamin supplements.
Eating foods rich in calcium (2-3 portions a day) and adopting a healthy lifestyle, that includes a healthy diet can help to prevent the loss of bone density, as well as help to manage other symptoms of the menopause.