Leigh Kite

Leigh’s Story

Leigh Kite

I reached menopause at the age of 55, some four years later than the national average. My children were born when I was more mature. I remember reading somewhere that because of this I could expect my menopause to be later than normal. It seemed my body would be tricked into thinking that it was younger than it actually was. As it turned out, this was true, except it was my body that tricked me not the other way round.

In hindsight, I was perimenopausal four years earlier than I realised but I had no idea. I knew about hot flushes but I wasn’t experiencing any. However, sleeplessness, anxiety, feelings of dread, and fatigue were becoming my norm.

I put this down to stressors that were present at home and at work at the time. The sensations got so bad I thought I was losing my mind and ended up speaking with a counsellor. Fortunately, she was female and over 50. She looked at me and gently asked “are you in menopause yet?”

I have a family history of breast cancer and blood clots so I couldn’t go on to HRT. In addition, I found many natural remedies cautioned usage for those at risk of hormone-related cancers. So I boxed along making some lifestyle changes.

When Pete, who I knew professionally, contacted me out of the blue about a menopause product called EstroG-100™, my interest was piqued. This was something I wanted to share with New Zealand and Australian women. I wanted to build a community that helped women recognise the signs of menopause early (way earlier than me!) And one that would give them the tools and encouragement to experience freedom during their change of life.

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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.