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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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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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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.