Menopause Information – 8 Helpful Articles

Mastering The Menopause

More than half of the world’s population will go through the menopause in their lifetime; however, we are still learning how best to support women during their tumultuous hormonal upheaval. Stigma, embarrassment, insufficient research and ineffective treatment options can unite to leave many women suffering mentally and physically. Most women may have a general idea of what to expect from the menopause. Hot flushes, irregular periods, moodiness. What many don’t realise, or read about, is how disruptive, intense and severe some of these symptoms can be.

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Seven Unwelcome Symptoms of the Menopause

Remember the fairy tale story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? Well maybe experiencing the menopause doesn’t feel like a fairy tale, but eventually there will be a happy ending on the other side. For now, however, your new best friends are the seven dwarfs Itchy, Bitchy, Sweaty, Bloaty, Sleepy, Forgetful and Psycho (named by Suzanne Sommers in her book on the menopause, The Sexy Years). You may have seen this cartoon before in women’s health clinics and offices, but is it REALLY true that women turn into such unattractive creatures just because their oestrogen levels dropped? Well to varying degrees in different women, yes.


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Master your Menopause and save your Sanity
The menopause and its associated hormonal changes are a normal part of ageing for women; however, it can make you feel the furthest thing from normal. The menopause is defined as the time after a women has had an entire 12 months without a period, and
on average occurs from the age of 50–52. Perimenopause is the time before the menopause and lasts anywhere from 4 to 8 years. It can be a confusing time for women too, with some experiencing menopausal symptoms in their 40s.
The most common symptoms are changing menstrual cycles, hot flushes, mood changes, vaginal dryness, and difficulty sleeping. With nearly two-thirds of women experiencing hot flushes, this could be the most commonly reported menopausal symptom.

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Why you should Exercise during Menopause
You’ve probably heard this before: Working out, exercising regularly and being physically active has huge benefits for both your mental and physical health. This can be especially
important for women going through the menopause. Your body is experiencing a number of changes that may be uncomfortable, stressful and even painful. Menopause is an
important transition in women’s lives. Use it as a reminder to take good care of
yourself. Menopause is associated with a natural decline in oestrogen, which increases visceral fat mass, decreases bone density, decreases muscle mass and decreases strength. Exercise can help you through this phase of life andleave you feeling better than ever.
Whether you’re already an aspiring runner, yogi, or salsa dancer (or anything in between) or a ‘reluctant exerciser’, regular physical activity is crucial when facing the menopause.


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