Peter Lehrke

Peter’s Story

Peter Lehrke - Director MenoMe

I have always had an interest in how the human body works, so it was natural for me to study life sciences when I went to Massey University in the late 1970s. I ended up doing a double major in physiology (how the body works) and a biochemistry honours (how the cells work).

Off into the big wide world, where I spent time in pharmaceutical companies (Glaxo and Douglas) developing medicines and learning how to make them. But the world of pharmaceuticals was changing as people got more and more interested in natural solutions to health and on maintaining wellness rather than treating illness.

I did a diploma in nutrition and decided to start formulating natural products, supplements and skincare.

Then, in 2012, when I was working on a product for menopause, I went to Vitafoods Asia conference in Hong Kong where I came across EstroG-100™*. This was an amazing find.

I signed up for the exclusive agency for EstroG-100™ active ingredient and worked for three years perfecting the formula and creating the offering that MenoMe® is proud to bring you today.

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

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Post-menopause


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.

Perimenopause

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.