The joys of the M word

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Today my guest BLOGGER on the newsletter is KSFL Franchisee
for LEEDS Andrea Riddoch with an article all about the joys of the
M word –  Let me know what you think.
 
Andrea Riddoch
First of all, apologies if you are male,
but as the vast majority of my demographic
are females I am talking to you.
And hence the subject title.
What will?
Menopause!!!!!!
Yes it will…
and itl shouldnt be feared or dreaded.
Its a completely natural process
and one  celebrated in a lot of other cultures.
And it will happen to you all.
Tbh, perimenopause starts in your early 30s
so you may be starting your journey
already without even realising it!
So what is it, how can you ‘survive; it?
Yes there may be several unpleasant symptoms
such as hot flushes, sleep trouble, belly fat, weight gain/tight clothes, brain fog,
changes in appetite and cravings, emotional roller coasters,
vaginal dryness and a host of digestive symptoms.
BUT
lets put this in perspective too…
some women sail through it and positively
glow, truly find themselves
and celebrate the ever changing beauty
of femininity.
So….
Over the course of several emails I aim to
give you more information
and hopefully
dispel some myths,
put your mind at rest
and perhaps give you some tools to help
with any or all of the symptoms.
So today
Lets focus on the 3 distinct phases.

Perimenopause: this is the period of time approaching menopause ) during which time progesterone is decreasing and oestrogen levels are fluctuating.

It is these fluctuating oestrogen levels that can lead to hot flushes and night sweats.

Perimenopause can last anywhere from 1-10 years. Symptoms can be mild or extreme. Onset can occur any time from the mid to late thirties all the way to the mid to late 50s.

 

 

Menopause: menopause is defined as the loss of periods for one full year

In menopause, progesterone is low and oestrogen is low.

 

 

 

Post-menopause: after a woman has had an absence of a period for a year and symptoms of hot flushes are waning, she is said to be post-menopausal. It’s like the settling in of your body to the changes that have occurred.

In post menopause, both oestrogen and progesterone are low. Often, testosterone is low too.

 

 

Obviously you can go to your GP and get things checked out.

 

They may do hormonal tests

but as is often the case with us clever females

we know whats going on ourselves.

 

 

So more tomorrow.

 

THANKS ANDREA – 

What do you think?

 

Let me know

 

Have a great THURSDAY

 

Love Rachel xxx

 

 

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