When we think of menopause, it’s always the most common symptoms that get the spotlight. Hot flushes and mood swings are two of the most well-known symptoms of both perimenopause and menopause. They are the ones we joke about with our friends and feel most comfortable chatting about. What about the many other symptoms? Perhaps you don’t even realise that specific issues are a result of menopause. Well, we’re about to shine the light on some of those least expected areas.
‘Finally a real Summer’, you hear them chant! ‘We’re going to have two long weeks of pure heat’. Now that’s great news for our Summer deprived country, but it’s not exactly ideal if you suffer from hot flushes. In fact it sounds like the thing of nightmares. We’re here to help you beat the heat and reduce those hot flushes once and for all!
Perimenopause is the period leading up to menopause in which your hormones (estrogen and progesterone) start to deplete. This period could last for weeks, months or years. There is no way to predict how long your own perimenopausal stage will last, or when it will begin, but there are ways to determine if you’re currently in perimenopause.
Worrying about menopause and feeling unprepared? You’re in the right place. It’s normal to want to know exactly what’s going to happen. Asking our friends or Mothers about their experience is one thing, but everyone’s menopause journeys are different.
Menopause can be an extremely testing time in any woman’s life. We’ve all heard of the dreaded mood swings that are associated with menopause. The reality is, menopause is like a rollercoaster of a journey; there are ups and there are downs. A high number of women over the age of 45 suffer from anxiety, panic attacks and/or depression. So is there a connection with menopause?
During both menopause and perimenopause, hormonal imbalances can cause extreme fatigue. The drop in estrogen levels is the real culprit, but added stresses or anxieties that occur as a result of other symptoms can also contribute. As well as this, low iron levels and low functioning thyroid are more commonly seen in women of menopausal age. Both of these things can also cause fatigue.
If you only exercise to look good, you’ve got it totally wrong! Yes, of course, exercise is necessary for weight loss and improving appearance. But exercise is so much more than simply just a way to lose weight. It’s a mood and health booster too. Doing the right type of exercise can help to target different problematic areas, providing a wide range of health benefits.
It’s a strange feeling, but one that perhaps you might relate to. It can be an almost out of body experience, looking at the person you are today and feeling out of touch with who that person is. Of course, it comes from within. Despite any physical changes you might be going through, it truly is a mentality.
For most of us, menopause can be a time of uncertainty. This is especially true if you’ve never really spoken about menopause with friends or family. Some women will notice that they are already in perimenopause (the period leading up to menopause). They might be suffering from symptoms in the weeks, months or years leading up to the main event. Most of us are greatly unprepared and this leaves us with questions and concerns. Here are some of the most common worries surrounding menopause.
Confused about perimenopause? Feel too young to be going through the change? We’re here to clear up the facts. Remember, this is a natural process and the best line of defence is knowledge! Your period has been a constant in your life, so give yourself a break if you’re a bit concerned now it’s starting to shift.