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As we all know one of the bugbears of the ‘meno’ years is weight gain. To be clear, in this context, the ‘meno‘ years means perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause. Indeed, it’s something to be aware of as early as premenopause so you can take control early. Debra Waterhouse explains it in her book Menopause Without …

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Menopausal Weight Gain. It’s Real, It’s Necessary And It’s Stubborn

Menopausal weight gain? Of all the menopause signs, the weight gain is the one I find the most distressing and the most pervasive. And it’s all about my expanding waistline. I hate that it’s now almost as hard to bend over and paint my toenails as it was when I was pregnant. Additionally, I hate …

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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.