MENOPAUSE

100 years ago the average age for menopause was 55, if women actually made it to 55 that is, and the average life expectancy was 57 so women didn’t really have too many post-menopause years

Fast forward to 2020 and we now live a third of our lives post-menopause yet the poor health it can create is not highlighted.

Menopause is actually only one day in your life, the 365th day without a period. The lead up to that day is Perimenopause and this is the time when the symptoms associated with dropping hormone levels such as hot flushes, mood swings and sleep disruption come on, perimenopause starts on average at 43 and can last 4 to 10 years and ends when you have gone 12 months without a period, from then you are post menopausal

For most women menopause is not really on their radar and we are not taught anything about it so when symptoms start to appear we may not even recognise what they are. Time to educate ourselves, to talk about it and to get proper treatment

 

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The Low Down

HRT

For around 90% of women HRT is the best way to manage the symptoms of their menopause, unfortunately, currently only 10% of women take it.
This is due to a lack of knowledge for both women and healthcare professionals mostly because of the unfounded health risks still associated with older types of HRT meaning too many women are suffering un-nescessarily
For around 90% of women HRT is the best way to manage the symptoms of their menopause, unfortunately, currently only 10% of women take it. This is due to a lack of knowledge for both women and healthcare professionals mostly because of the unfounded health risks still associated with older types of HRT meaning too many women are suffering un-nescessarily

Alternative & Complementary

Menopause management should be looked at as a whole body treatment and as no two women experience the same symptoms the way they manage them will also be different and that should include complementary and alternative therapies, especially if you do not want or can go the medical route
Menopause management should be looked at as a whole body treatment and as no two women experience the same symptoms the way they manage them will also be different and that should include complementary and alternative therapies, especially if you do not want or can go the medical route

Exercise

Taking up or changing a current exercise regime is a fabulous way to help tackle some of the symptoms of Menopause. One of the main symptoms caused by the drop in Oestrogen is joint and muscle pain/stiffness and a loss of suppleness. Switching to less high impact types of exercise such as cycling or swimming, introducing weight training and taking up yoga are all good types of exercise
Taking up or changing a current exercise regime is a fabulous way to help tackle some of the symptoms of Menopause. One of the main symptoms caused by the drop in Oestrogen is joint and muscle pain/stiffness and a loss of suppleness. Switching to less high impact types of exercise such as cycling or swimming, introducing weight training and taking up yoga are all good types of exercise

Nutrition

As metabolism changes happen during Menopause re-evaluating your nutritional needs and your diet is a vital way to help control symptoms, weight gain and help your body adjust.  Research shows switching to an intermittent  fasting regime (eating in a 8-10 hour time slot) for example can help with the metabolic changes that occur
As metabolism changes happen during Menopause re-evaluating your nutritional needs and your diet is a vital way to help control symptoms, weight gain and help your body adjust. Research shows switching to an intermittent fasting regime (eating in a 8-10 hour time slot) for example can help with the metabolic changes that occur

HRT Myth Busting

There is no upper limit for HRT usage.

Every women should be made aware of the benefits and potential risks of continue use and as long as she believes the benefits outweigh the risks her choice should be respected

HRT Myth Busting

Taking HRT between the ages of 45 to 60 provides the maximum benefit for symptom management, heart disease protection and bone health.

HRT remains the most effective treatment for hot/night sweats, low energy, vaginal dryness, brain fog and sleep disturbance.

For the majority of women under 60 the benefits far outweigh the risks

HRT Myth Busting

HRT will make me gain weight

Weight gain during menopause is generally due to metabolic changes caused in part by hormone imbalance

HRT Myth Busting

If you suffer from Migraines you may not have been able to take oral contraceptives in the past.

This does not necessarily mean you cannot take HRT, you may be able to use gels or patches so speak to a Doctor who specializes in Menopause

HRT Myth Busting

HRT does not delay the menopause, your Oestrogen, and progesterone,  levels will continue to drop as they would if you were not taking HRT.

HRT replaces those hormones to manage symptoms and also protect against Oestoporosis, heart disease and dementia in the future

If, when you stop taking HRT your symptoms return it may mean you need to continue for a further period, remember as long as you feel the benefits of taking HRT outweigh the risks there is no specific age at which you need to stop taking it

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