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Discover 9 Amazing Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

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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Did You Know? Your Girlfriends Are Good For Your Health

There’s an old saying ‘you can’t pick your relatives’ – you know that one right? It’s soooo true, but let’s not go there. The good news is that we can (and do) pick our girlfriends. Of course, that’s not news; it’s simply a no-brainer. But did you know that science has shown that having great …

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Menopause And Why You Need To Exercise For Your Health & Your Weight

If you want to do everything you can to deter menopausal weight gain and combat an expanding waistline you need to exercise. Let’s talk about exercise and why it’s one of the best things you can do at menopause. For both your health and your weight. Did you read “Menopausal weight gain – it’s real, …

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Why calorie restricted diets make you fat

Following on from my previous blog; where I explained why not to diet because of the Diet Cycle… Today you will gain some educated understanding on why calorie restricted diets actually make you fat! That’s right your diet could be working in reverse. Restricted calorie diets, where you count calories, watch everything you eat, and …

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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.