Hot flushes are probably one of the most talked about and most common symptoms of menopause. If you’ve never had a hot flush, it’s quite difficult to explain just how dilapidating they can be to one’s life. However, if you’re reading this, it’s likely you know exactly what it’s like to experience them on a regular basis.
Like most big challenging changes in life, a supportive partner, family member or friend can make all the difference to your experience and the way in which you deal with something. Menopause is no different, but having a strong support system in place is not something we immediately associate with menopause. Why is this? Possibly because going through the change is natural and inevitable, it’s an expected part of life and often we simply don’t anticipate the fact that we might need support.
There are so many different symptoms of menopause, each affecting us all differently. We thought it would be beneficial to put one symptom in the spotlight every other week on our blog, and take a further look at what goes on and the steps we can take to reduce the effects. This week we’ve chosen skin related issues and conditions that can develop as a result of menopause. Typically we tend to focus on the most unbearable symptoms and forget those more subtle signs, such as changes in the skin.
Weight gain is a very common symptom of both perimenopause and menopause.
Women who have been a steady weight all their lives, might suddenly find they are going up at least a couple of dress sizes as they enter menopause.
To coincide with the NICE clinical guidelines which have recently been published, we want to remind you about LadyCare; a totally drug-free device which has helped almost a million of women suffering from menopause.
Menopause can be a difficult and confusing time for many women. It’s certainly not helped by all the myths that seem to get thrown around, so today we wanted to debunk some of the most common menopause myths we’ve heard women talking about.
A hysterectomy is the removal of the womb in a female. Once the womb has been removed you are no longer able to conceive, your periods will of course stop immediately following a hysterectomy no matter how old you are. A surgical procedure is involved to remove the womb, most hysterectomies are carried out in women aged 40-50, but you can have a hysterectomy earlier or later than this, depending on requirements.
A oophorectomy removes the womb as well as both ovaries, this causes your body to go into immediate menopause.
This month we held a Facebook competition and invited all our wonderful LadyCare customers to leave their stories on our Facebook page, with the chance of winning a hotel stay for two in London. We were completely overwhelmed with all the amazing entries we received. Reading the stories and chatting with some of you, it was wonderful to see how many of you felt like LadyCare had really changed your lives, or made a huge difference in your life during menopause.
Perimenopause is the stage at which your body begins to reduce the production of hormones in the body, it’s therefore the transitional phase between menopause.
You are considered to be ‘perimenopausal’ until your ovaries stop releasing eggs. It can occur much earlier than most women think. The early to mid 40’s is the most common time for perimenopause to occur, but in some cases it can even be as early as the mid to late 30’s.
For many women, menopause can be an extremely stressful time. Coping with the effects of hormonal changes as well as other menopausal symptoms such as lack of sleep, can result in anxiety and depression.
Add to this the fact that menopause is often accompanied by other lifestyle changes, such as empty nest syndrome or caring for elderly parents, and it’s not surprising many women find their symptoms worsened by additional external stress.