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Why You Need To Exercise Less and Eat More In Menopause

Exercise less and eat more? Are you serious? Yes, we most definitely are. Indeed, we know that one of the biggest challenges for women entering perimenopause and moving through to post-menopause is weight gain.  It’s a common complaint and the research in our own community confirms it. All too often we hear women saying they’ve …

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5 Foods To Kick To The Kerb During The Menopausal Years

When it comes to the menopausal years, regular readers know we’re all about natural solutions here at MenoMe. And one of the most powerful ways of handling menopause symptoms is by removing food that can exacerbate the signs. Yes, it’s true. Some ladies can get away with the odd splurge but for the comfort of …

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Recipe: Menopause-Friendly ANZAC Biscuits

One of the secrets to getting through perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause is making some lifestyle changes. Finding good support (like our 40+ and 55+), moving your body and good nutrition are all factors. The Six Wellness Pillars For Your Best Menopause We recommend six pillars for your happiest menopause transition. Regular readers will know we recommend food …

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Bone Density: Why Milk’s Not The Secret To Strength

Hey there Goddesses! Have you noticed that this Meno sisterhood of ours is all about learning? It’s like all the other life stages really – it’s a thing called life – but if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that our age group is woefully uneducated when it comes to menopause and health. Particularly when …

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6 Steps To Restful Sleep For More Energy & Less Weight Gain

Sleep often becomes something of a holy grail once we enter perimenopause. And if we can’t find a way to navigate sleep issues it may travel with us through the menopause transition into post-menopause. For some women sleeplessness only becomes an issue once they’ve transitioned through menopause as sleep disorders increase with age. For others, …

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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.