menopause and summer

Hot Flushes Driving You Crazy? Here Are 5 Ways To Beat ‘Em

Summer + hot flushes. Somehow just using the words ‘hot flushes’ and ‘summer’ in the same sentence is enough to set off my own internal heatwave! And the temperature’s rising. So if you were suffering from hot flushes already chances are you’ll be feeling under siege right now. Five things you can do that may …

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3 Signs That Point To You Being In Perimenopause

Perimenopause. Perimenopause is a bit of a quandary for women. We’re woefully uneducated about the third part of our menstrual cycle – I’m referring to: Puberty  Fertility Menopause Most women aren’t even aware that menopause only occurs when one year has passed since our last period, and that the lead-up to menopause is usually years …

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Hot Flushes or Hot Flashes – Why Do They Happen?

Body temperature fluctuations? Today it’s all about them, one of the peskiest signs of menopause. Our resident biochemist Peter Lehrke talks us through the science of hot flushes. Hot flushes are worth knowing a bit about because they last for several years. Arrgh! What’s Happening To Our Body? Let’s talk about what is actually happening …

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Recipe: Hormone Friendly Raw Chocolate-Almond Cups

Did you know chocolate is one of the top cravings for Meno Women? Would you agree? Are you a chocolate fiend? While that’s OK sometimes, a lot of chocolate these days is filled with not-so-great ingredients. As well as lots of refined sugar which is not kind to our insulin, our waistlines or our hormones. So this makes …

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Recipe: Oh-So-Nutritious and Delicious Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Pizza. I don’t know about you, but I’m totally addicted.  In fact, when I was in Italy, I had it for dinner just about every night! However, now that I’m back to ‘real life’ my body functions better when I don’t eat too many refined carbohydrates. Have you heard me mention before that the body …

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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.