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Alzheimer's and Dementia

What Can You Do To Prevent Dementia/Alzheimer’s?

Sometimes women connect common menopausal symptoms like brain fog and forgetfulness with dementia which is a legitimate worry given the statistics. Indeed, dementia has taken over from heart disease as the number one killer of women in Australia and in New Zealand it affects over 70,000 Kiwis. Lisa Genova Below is a wonderful TED talk …

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Menopause and the Brain

How Menopause Affects Your Brain

The brain and menopause. This is a very important subject as peri/menopause and diminishing estrogen can have a profound effect on our brains. Brain Changes During Menopause You might have noticed you’re experiencing things like brain fog and forgetting where you’ve put your keys. These are very common symptoms of peri and post-menopause. They’re inconvenient …

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How Will Post-Menopause Change My Life?

How will post-menopause change your life? We’re so glad you asked. Post-menopause leads to several physiological changes and there are certain health factors you need to be increasingly mindful of. But first? The basics. What does post-menopause mean? Post-menopause is the term for the time in our lives that follows perimenopause (and menopause). Our estrogen …

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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.