Menopause Explained

“The Change”, “that time of life”, call it what you will, it is an unavoidable fact that all women go through the menopause. It is a time when women become anxious and distressed due to the unknown changes that are occurring.

The menopause refers to that time in every woman’s life when her periods stop and her ovaries lose their reproductive function.

The average age this occurs from is between 45 and 55 years of age.

There are some women for whatever reason who will go through the menopause earlier. The menopause is influenced by the change in hormones that we women already experience namely oestrogen.

Oestrogen

As we get older, our bodies start producing less and less oestrogen, our storage of eggs decreases and we will stop ovulating too.

This change causes our body to behave differently and this behaviour can last for many years before it finally stops.

Did you know that the menopause is actually just the last day of your last ever period?  Most women will go through what we call the “peri-menopause” which is when you start getting symptoms and changes of what you think is the menopause.

Peri-Menopause

So what happens during the “peri-menopause”? During this period, women often experience the following symptoms:

  • Hot Flushes
  • Night Sweats
  • Sleepiness
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Irritated Skin
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Low Mood
  • Low Libido/Sex Drive

 

What can be done to help menopause?

Look into your lifestyle and make healthy changes here that will help with the symptoms you are experiencing such as:

  • Healthy Eating
    • Good saturated fats
    • Low salt
    • Foods rich in Calcium and Vit D (to help against osteoporosis developing and strengthen bones)
    • Foods rich in phytoestrogens
    • Plenty of water
  • Keep Active
    • Regular exercise can help keep symptoms at bay and convert stress into energy. It can also help with the “fat around the middle” syndrome too
  • Limit your Alcohol
    • Excessive consumption of alcohol and hormonal instability can lead to you getting extra hot flushes. Now you really do not want that!
  • Stay calm
    • Easier said than done but the added stress during the menopause can lead to depression. Stress depletes the body of Vitamin B’s and these are needed for a healthy nervous system.
  • Complementary and Alternative therapies
    • More and more women are turning to alternative therapies to help with hormonal imbalances. From Aromatherapy to Acupuncture, from homeopathy to hypnotherapy – these can all help.  At Fertility, Bump and Beyond we offer Fertility Massage™ and Fertility Reflexology which can be of great benefit too (these are not just for conception issues). Together with nutritional support and emotional support, let me help make this transitional change easier to get through.

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