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7 Unexpected Ways My Life Has Changed After 50 (blessings and unknowns)

Turning 50 heralds the beginning of a new life stage for women. It’s the point when our fertile years come to an end, and we move on to the next phase. It’s also undoubtedly a time when we experience late perimenopause (peri meaning ‘around’) before transitioning into menopause and then post-menopause. Just like puberty and …

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Why Community Is Important For Health & Happiness During Menopause

Community. Interaction. Human to human contact. Did you know these things are key to our health and happiness and how we go through life? And also – importantly for us – how we get through perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause. Women in midlife need support, understanding and a sounding board. It empowers us. It makes us …

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Mythbusting Menopause – Four Things It IS, and Four Things It ISN’T

According to Ms Google, a lot of ladies search the question ‘when does menopause start?’ And Ms G knows everything right? Well, maybe not quite everything, but pretty close! So let us address this common query for you. When Does Menopause Start? To be honest, the question is something of a misnomer. It would be …

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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.