Do you have a long-term hormone health strategy?
Many people are misinformed that menopause is just about ‘getting though it’. This is very far from the truth. Every choice and action you take now, will affect your well-being for the rest of your life. “Menopause is for life, not just for Christmas”.
As our sex hormones shift during a 10-15 year time span, our bodies try and adapt as much as possible. This process, alongside other factors like stress, what we eat, our sleep cycle and lifestyle, triggers symptoms. But what about the long term consequences of hormonal decline?
Once a periods have stopped those once protective hormones are very low, for around 32 years. Can we live without them? Yes we can, but do you want to? I believe the modern menopause needs an updated approach.
Our life expectancy in the UK is 83.1 years for females, but our ‘healthy’ life expectancy (disability free) is as low as 63.3 years. Many of the health conditions we are at risk of as we age are associated with oestrogen deficiency, such as dementia, heart disease, diabetes, bowel cancer and osteoporosis. Your ‘menopausing’ tool kit therefore needs to take account of these upcoming challenges. What will you put in yours?
Making sense of menopause
The reproductive ageing pattern, destined from birth, means ovaries will start to slow down the creation of oestrogen in your late 30s or early 40s. This is the trigger of (peri)menopausal symptoms. You may well have other health challenges that accompany the process, but the ovaries will retire and your periods will stop. That is menopause day.
The food and drink you consume from midlife and beyond needs be as nutrient dense as possible to fuel your mind & body in the way it deserves. Simple sustainable solutions. I don’t do complicated. Real food is my foundation starting point, and then personalised to you.
Typical perimenopause symptoms, like anxiety, depression and forgetfulness, often occur near the beginning of the transition toward menopause day. The impact of these can result in secondary symptoms and consequences that far out reach the original symptom. Early intervention is key to effectively managing this aspect of menopause transition.
“We are what we repeatedly do”, said Aristotle. Menopausal symptoms are most certainly not in the mind, but your mindset toward the daily step by step journey, will most definitely affect how your mind and body responds, and therefore how quickly you heal. There will be easy days and not so easy ones.
such as aching joints, digestive issues, skin irritation, hair loss and vaginal dryness are some of the lesser known physical symptoms of perimenopause, compared to hot flushes and irregular or heavy bleeding. There are many (34+) different signs & symptoms related to oestrogen deficiency.
I know that the combination of challenges you face at this time are the least inspiring to get you moving. However, this one is non-negotiable. Moving matters, even if it’s small amounts to start with. Your target is to move with intent and joy. If you can’t mange the moving, then at least try the laughing!
How will I know I am perimenopausal?
What is perimenopause?
The time directly preceding and leading up to menopause day. Periods change from regular, predictable events, to irregular unpredictable events. Some might say chaotic and confusing.
What is menopause?
The one day you have gone 12 consecutive months without a period. 24 hours later you are postmenopausal. Menopause can happen at any age. It may occur early, induced by medication or surgery.
Could my symptoms be caused by something else?
You may well have secondary health challenges such as nutrient deficiency or high levels of stress. They too can have an impact on how, and when, your symptoms appear. However, your reproductive hormonal decline is part of your DNA, so will be happening in the background as well as, not instead of, other reasons.
Can you help me see the wood for the trees?
Definitely. Tuning into you and mapping out your best route today, is easy when you know how.
What age does ‘menopausing’ start?
We do not have a crystal ball, but typically in your early 40s. The average age of when your periods stop is 51. The transition zone to that day can be 5- 10 years, hence the possibility of hormonal decline starting in your early 40s.
When do you notice symptoms?
The decline of oestrogen output from your ovaries may not become noticeable as symptoms until your early 40s. It depends on your personal starting point.
Is hormone replacement therapy necessary?
If you want to replace the lost hormones for symptom relief and long term health benefits, then yes. You cannot replace hormones with nutrition and exercise. However, symptom relief is also possible with nutrient dense foods, stress reduction, lifestyle adaptions and regular movement.
Can I do both HRT and other methods of symptom relief?
Absolutely. That was my choice. A 360 approach. I managed my symptoms for a long time using nutrition, stress reduction and movement, and now also use HRT for the long term health benefits.
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If you are looking for answers and solutions to effectively managing menopause transition for yourself or someone you know, please get in touch today.