World Menopause Day is October 18, Here’s What You Need To Know…

World Menopause day

World Menopause Day (WMD) falls on October 18 every year.

Its goal, along with the entire month of October being World Menopause Month, is to raise awareness of menopause.

The focus of World Menopause Day is always options for improving health and wellbeing during our ‘second spring’. This is what menopause is known as in China – isn’t that beautiful?

Each year WMD focuses on a different aspect of menopause which might be heart health or sexual wellbeing.

It’s what we’re all about here at MenoMe® too. Empowering women in pre-, peri and post-menopause through knowledge and awareness.

This Year's Theme Is Bones

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Bones are integral to our bodies and our wellbeing, particularly as we grow older.

Most of us don’t give them much thought except that they’re hard, ‘bony things’ that lie under our skin. Unless we break one and then the pain can’t be ignored!

But did you know that just like our skin our bones are active, living tissue? Bone is made up of a hard outer shell and an inner honeycomb-like mesh. And our entire skeleton remodels itself every 8-10 years?

Wow!

Like most things that make up the human body it’s pretty awe-inspiring.

But just as our skin changes and our hair alters as we grow older our bones age too. This process begins after we reach the ripe old age of 40.
The ‘remodelling’ process slows down and our bones become less strong and more vulnerable.

In fact, this happens rapidly for women during the first five years after their last period and the transition into post-menopause

At this stage, we can become more vulnerable to osteoporosis (brittle bone disease) or osteopenia (low bone density).

Build Up A Bone 'Bank Account

The good news is if you’ve focused on bone health in your 20s and 30s you will have built a robust bone ‘bank account’ you can draw on.

You can do this through bone-loving nutrition (lean protein, calcium, vitamin D) and regular exercise.

Osteoporosis

According to bones.org.nz osteoporosis is often called the ‘silent disease’ because it doesn’t have any symptoms. In fact, the only reason we may know we’ve developed it is if we break a bone. 

The statistics are sobering.  Know Your Bones tells us that one in three women and one in five men will suffer an osteoporotic fracture in their lifetime.

Hip fractures are of particular concern as 50% of people never return to full mobility again and 25% will die.

So it pays to love your bones!

We’ll tell you in more depth how you can do that next week on World Osteoporosis Day (October 20).

In the meantime, know that lean proteinvitamin D, calcium and exercise (particularly resistance exercise) are your bone health BFFs.

MenoMe® and Bone Density

We include vitamin D3 in MenoMe 55+ which you can purchase here.

What’s more, the EstroG-100 we use in both 40+ and 55+ has been clinically shown to improve bone mass density after 12 weeks. 

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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.