M word – Let me know what you think.
but as the vast majority of my demographic
are females I am talking to you.
And hence the subject title.
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.
lets put this in perspective too…
some women sail through it and positively
glow, truly find themselves
and celebrate the ever changing beauty
Over the course of several emails I aim to
give you more information
dispel some myths,
put your mind at rest
and perhaps give you some tools to help
with any or all of the symptoms.
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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