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Meet Goodbye Skincare

Meet Goodbye, the skincare brand with a difference. Goodbye was developed by American-born Becky Cashman over 20 years ago when she visited New Zealand. Inspiration hit while she was working

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Why Is Your Hair Thinning?

Thinning hair – its causes and treatments by David Roe A dear friend once asked my thoughts on hair thinning. To be honest, there are many considerations. First, let’s chat

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Hair loss

Are You Losing Your Hair?

Hair loss. It can be one of the distressing things about the menopause journey. Even if it doesn’t shed it often loses its lustrous, glossy volume. We’re sorry to be the

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itchy skin during menopause

6 Ways to Tame Itchy Skin

One of the most annoying and lesser-known signs of the meno years is itchy skin. It’s so frustrating. Often we put it down to dryness (which is true in part)

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Beautiful nails

Soft & Brittle Nails

Your nails, or more specifically, fingernails. Have you noticed – along with your hair – they’ve become less robust and brittle? Fingernails that have always been strong and sturdy are

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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.