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6 Steps To Restful Sleep For More Energy & Less Weight Gain

Sleep often becomes something of a holy grail once you enter perimenopause. And if you can’t find a way to navigate sleep issues it may travel with you through the menopause transition into post-menopause. For some women, sleeplessness only becomes an issue once they’ve transitioned through menopause. Since sleep disorders can increase with age, this in …

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Why am I putting on weight?

Recipe: Why Am I Putting On Weight? Hormone Health Salad Recipe

Why am I putting on weight? We hear that question frequently from many of you – I know the feeling and it’s not a fun one. But let me be clear. It’s not about going on a diet. In fact, in two words? Please don’t. That doesn’t mean you can’t lose weight though. If you’ve …

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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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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.