Oh No, Menopause Is A Coming!
As you are maturing, especially in your late 40’s, early 50’s, you are finally reaching the point to feel you are finally getting the hang of life. You’ve probably had your fair share of hard knocks to become quite resilient and proud of who you are and your achievements in life with family and/or career. Whether you are single or have a partner, you possibly know what you want from your relationships. You may feel more confident than you have for many years…then, over the horizon looms menopause!
Your body seriously starts making changes from the first signs of perimenopause, and if you are like the thousands of women going through this, you more than likely want to make the transition as easy as possible to minimise the impacts of menopause.
What is perimenopause?
Perimenopause is the transitional time when subtle changes to your body start, which can be up to ten years before you reach full menopause. Perimenopause can begin as early as your mid to late 30’s, with the average age of menopause being 51, with most women experiencing it somewhere between the ages of 45 – 55.
What are the changes to my body?
You begin having cycles in which you stop ovulating due to the oestrogen and progesterone levels rising and falling unevenly. Your hormones start crashing about and often disappear for extended periods, so your emotions might be going through the roof. You could be feeling irritable, have problems sleeping and your sex drive may decrease.
Things are heating up.
When the first of the hot flushes hits you may wish you could to stop them. But now one of the most controversial topics in women’s health is whether taking medication for menopause symptoms, whether pills or natural supplements, is a good thing. There have been some horror stories. There is no easy answer to this, even with Mr Google and all of the professional medical studies. Do your own reading and research on what has worked and has not, speak to friends going through the same thing and discuss with your health professional. This way you will know what you are doing before going down this path, but ultimately, go with what works for you.
An interesting note on taking natural remedies is that evening primrose oil has been widely used over the years for hot flushes, and health professionals have often prescribed it, but studies have shown it to be no better than a placebo at relieving hot flushes.
What can you do?
Your lifestyle during perimenopause can make a significant impact on how you cope with the symptoms of menopause and to your health post menopause. If there was ever a time to maintain a healthy diet and begin an exercise program (please see your doctor beforehand if it’s been a while since you exercised regularly), then this is it. Exercise like walking, Pilates and yoga have huge benefits.
And if all else fails, maybe try chatting with friends who are going through this time also. Sometimes a good laugh over dinner or drinks can help you to feel normal and not so alone with the changes.
Carolyn (Caz) Rowland is a fashion designer, model, lifestyle blogger and professional Image Stylist. Caz is also a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching. Caz is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.