Hi gorgeous friends
As you can imagine working on our brand means I spend a fair amount of time immersed in menopause info and research so as September took hold I discovered it was Menopause Awareness Month.
Argh! How did we miss that one I thought to myself. Well, the answer is quite simple….it’s Menopause Awareness Month in the good ol’ US of A but not here downunder in Australasia.
Not to worry ☺. We like to think we’ve got an awareness movement going 24/7 in this, our little corner of the internet. So here’s some facts and figures for you.
The Science of Menopause
The meno years come about as part of our normal ageing process and are the result of hormonal shifts, imbalances and the decline of the hormones estrogen and progesterone.
The biology isn’t rocket science but it gets a little more complicated when we consider that no two women are alike making it deeply problematic for some while others sail through.
One study showed that 80% of women experienced no impact on the quality of their life during the meno years. Hallelujah!
However, another statistic tells us that 22% find it quite debilitating.
One thing we do know to be true is that most women will experience at least some of the 34 symptoms of menopause such as hot flushes, mood swings, brain fog, dizziness or weight gain.
Because we are all bioindividuals it can be very hard to predict how one will fare but whatever way it rolls for you menopause is a non-negotiable rite of passage.
- The word menopause means the end of menstrual cycles.
- The term was first coined as ménopause in the 1800s by a French doctor named de Gardanne. It came from the medical Latin word “menopausis”. Men means month (which is closely related to ‘mene’ for moon). ‘Pausis’ means to cease or stop.
- The average age of menopause is 51 though anywhere between 45-55 is quite normal. Symptoms may begin much earlier in a time known as perimenopause.
- The meno years can last from 6-13 years but on average roll out at four years.
- Premature menopause can be caused by ovarian insufficiency, chemotherapy treatment, radiation and hormone therapies.
- Smoking can trigger early menopause.
- It is projected that by the year 2025 there will be 1.1 billion postmenopausal women in the world.
- Menopause is genetically linked so you will likely follow similar time frames to your mother.
- 57% of women experience more than one menopausal symptom
43% experience only irregular periods
75% of meno women go through hot flushes
40% of meno women suffer from mood swings
22% experience intense symptoms
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