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Gut Feelings: Why Bloating, Gas & Poop Problems Happen At Menopause

Gut Feelings Q: I’ve got diarrhoea, could this be due to menopause? A: Yes, it could be. If you’re in pre-*, peri- and post-menopause and you’ve got gut issues going on you’re not alone. In fact, it’s one of the common signs and symptoms and can include acid reflux, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea and gas. Two …

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Recipe: Overnight Oats For A Healthy Gut, Weight & Menopause

Did you know the food you eat is key to your journey through pre-, peri-, meno- and post-menopause? It can play a role in whether you experience weight gain and digestive issues such as gas, bloating and constipation. Indeed, the ‘wrong’ foods can even trigger hot flushes, mood swings and insomnia. Why we love oats …

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Bloat & Menopause: Find Out How to Banish the Bloat

Bloat. Even the word’s got an ‘urgh’ feel right? Bloating is an unwelcome guest as when you’re bloated your stomach protrudes, you feel like you’ve put on 5kgs and nothing you wear looks good no matter what you do! However, it’s highly likely you’ll experience bloating on your perimenopause / menopause journey as it’s one of …

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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.