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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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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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Important Question: Are You Getting Enough Magnesium?

Magnesium is one of our favourite nutrients – even more so now we’re in midlife. It’s essential for those of us in pre-, peri- and post-menopause. Why? Well, as you may know, our hormones start fluctuating from the late-30s/early-40s (on average) on our journey to and through menopause. And once we’re on the other side …

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Osteoporosis: Why Strong Bones Are So Important At Post-Menopause

Today we’re going to talk about bones. And more specifically osteoporosis, because it’s something that we all need to know about. Especially if we’re in pre-, peri- or post-menopause. If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that many of us are woefully uneducated when it comes to menopause and health. Particularly when it comes to …

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7 Unexpected Ways My Life Has Changed After 50 (blessings and unknowns)

Turning 50 heralds the beginning of a new life stage for women. It’s the point when our fertile years come to an end, and we move on to the next phase. It’s also undoubtedly a time when we experience late perimenopause (peri meaning ‘around’) before transitioning into menopause and then post-menopause. Just like puberty and …

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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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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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The 8 Questions We’re Most Asked About Perimenopause And Post-Menopause

We often get some great questions from the community so we’ve put seven of the most asked questions together. 1. What’s the difference between perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause? Most people, even doctors, talk about menopause as an umbrella term. However, this isn’t technically correct because many of the – sometimes life-disrupting – signs begin in …

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Important: Here’s What Happens To Your Body During The Menopause Transition

When we published 3 Signs That Point To You Being In Perimenopause, so many people read it we realised you’re starved of information. We get it. We totally do, and I definitely do, because that’s where I was. These days, since working with MenoMe®, my knowledge of the meno years has grown exponentially 😀. I’m …

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New Research Shows Women Report Feeling Less Stress As They Age

A new study tells us that women feel less stress as they grow older. Isn’t that good news? Hallelujah! Sayonara stress. 👋 We won’t miss you. That may sound a little bit too simplistic and unfortunately, it is. However, nothing can detract from the findings of the Study of Women’s Health. They ascertained that women in midlife reported less …

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Did You Know? Your Weight Could Affect The Age You Begin Menopause

Menopause. Perimenopause. Midlife Hormone Dance. Whatever you want to call it, it seems there are more and more studies being conducted on menopause. And that’s a good thing because the more aware we are the better off we are. Knowledge is power. A recent study conducted by the University of Queensland found that being over- …

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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.