Deanne McCrea

Deanne’s Story

Dee McCrea - Director MenoMe

At the end of 2014, at the age of 45, my first symptoms of menopause started. I began experiencing sleepless nights, night sweats and occasional vertigo. It didn’t occur to me that these signs might be related to menopause at the time. I simply wondered what was going on and began taking Rescue Remedy.

Peter Lehrke approached me about starting a company, MenoMe, at the end of 2014. As we were discussing EstroG-100™* and menopause symptoms it dawned on me – “I’ve started experiencing the first stage of menopause – perimenopause”. It all made sense. After all, my monthly cycle had started to change about a year before I started experiencing the signs.

So I began taking 40+ and started sleeping better within two days. Fast forward to 2021. I’m now 51 and I still take 40/55+. In fact, I wouldn’t be without it.  While things are changing as I get closer to post-menopause, I feel like things are under control.

*EstroG-100™ is the patented herbal formulation used in MenoMe® 40+ and 55+.

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This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.


Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.