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Hot Flushes: Discover The How’s, The Why’s & 6 Easy Ways To Manage Them

When you think menopause, do you also think hot flushes? Most people do! While the signs of menopause go well beyond out of control body temperature, if you’re experiencing hot flushes, this is the time of the year when they become – well, simply unbearable. I went to pick summer fruit today at the local …

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Hot Flushes Driving You Crazy? Here Are 5 Ways To Beat ‘Em

Summer + hot flushes. Somehow just using the words ‘hot flushes’ and ‘summer’ in the same sentence is enough to set off my own internal heatwave! And the temperature’s rising. So if you were suffering from hot flushes already chances are you’ll be feeling under siege right now. Five things you can do that may …

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An Eye Opening Tedx Talk On Perimenopause

Listening to this TEDx talk – Menopause is Misunderstood – feels like hearing our MenoMe® message being played back to us. The speaker is Shirley Weir, the founder of Menopause Chicks. It’s an eye-opener too. To know that the taboos around talking about menopause are obviously present in the United States as well. The most gobsmacking …

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Menopause And Why You Need To Exercise For Your Health & Your Weight

If you want to do everything you can to deter menopausal weight gain and combat an expanding waistline you need to exercise. Let’s talk about exercise and why it’s one of the best things you can do at menopause. For both your health and your weight. Did you read “Menopausal weight gain – it’s real, …

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Menopausal Weight Gain. It’s Real, It’s Necessary And It’s Stubborn

Menopausal weight gain? Of all the menopause signs, the weight gain is the one I find the most distressing and the most pervasive. And it’s all about my expanding waistline. I hate that it’s now almost as hard to bend over and paint my toenails as it was when I was pregnant. Additionally, I hate …

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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.