Menopause sure can be mean! Sometimes it starts as early as the mid 30’s and even as late as the 60’s with the average age being around 52 in the U.S and 51 in the UK.
My own experience of Menopause began around the age 48 and even though it is a ‘normal part of life’, there was nothing normal about breaking out in an embarrassing hot flush or wrestling with unpredictable moods swings from day to day! Yes Menopause can be mean but I hope after reading my blog, I can help make Menopause a bit more Manageable!
What is Menopause?
Do you remember, way back when, way, way back when, to the awkward days of puberty? You started growing all sorts of strange hairs and humps and your body became barely recognizable? Things were changing at such a fast pace, you were growing into an adult before you knew it!
Well Menopause signals another change in your life and marks the permanent end of your menstrual cycle. And though the symptoms may be mean, it is actually a milestone and a stage in your life that should be celebrated.
It is the natural rebalancing of hormones in your body as you transition to the after-child-bearing years.
Menopause can be liberating and an amazing time for growth. A period of reflection and letting go. A time of acceptance and moving in to a new and zesty time of your life!
If you have experienced the worst side of Menopause, you’re probably thinking ‘Is she crazy?’ There’s nothing zesty about waking up in a smelly pool of sweat or cleaning out clumps of hair from a hairbrush! And really I’m not trying to down play some of the awful symptoms, but change is inevitable and it’s impact is determined by the way we embrace it.
And besides Menopause may not even affect you to any great extend because the ‘change of life’ varies from women to women.
You may be one of the lucky ones to avoid hot flashes, cold shivering, sleepless nights, mood swings, moodiness, hair loss and vaginal dryness! For some women Menopause is a breeze with very little change at all.
The Stages of Change
Perimenopause (meaning around Menopause) can happen several years before Menopause, as much as 10 to 13 years and you may go in and out of this stage. Your ovaries produce less of the female hormone estrogen and progesterone resulting in lower fertility.
The symptoms of this normal hormonal fluctuation can be wide-ranging as your body moves closer to Menopause.
You may experience hot flashes, night sweats, irregular and/or heavy bleeding, migraine, disturbed sleep, thinning hair, urinary problems, vaginal dryness, worsening PMS, and increased fat build up in the abdomen.
This hormone imbalance is also linked to depression, anxiety and irritability. And if you find yourself belly laughing one minute and crying buckets of tears the next, a change in your hormones is more than likely the culprit of these intense mood swings.
Many women report a decreased libido and vaginal dryness may cause discomfort during sex.
A lack of estrogen can cause shrinking and thinning of vaginal tissue as well as decrease lubrication. This can lead to inflammation of your vagina and is commonly known as vaginal atrophy.
‘Approximately 30% of women experience vaginal atrophy symptoms during the early post-menopausal period, while 47% do so during the later post-menopausal period’.
At Menopause you can finally wave goodbye to your menstrual cycle. After a full year without a period, you have officially gone through Menopause and perimenopause is over. Phew! 🙂
Yes! But don’t go celebrating yet, there are two common health problems related to menopause that you should be aware of. Osteoporosis and Heart Disease.
Your body is constantly breaking down old bone and replacing it with new healthy bone. As you get older your bones begin to break down faster than they can rebuild.
Estrogen plays a major role in bone health and during menopause when you are losing excessive amounts of estrogen, you lose more bone that is replaced. Your bones become weak and brittle.
Changes in estrogen levels at menopause also put women at greater risk to heart disease.
There are other factors such as age and weight gain that can lead to high blood pressure and increase your chances of heart disease.
Postmenopause follows menopause and lasts the rest of your life. But you haven’t hit home base yet! Your hormone levels may continue to fluctuate resulting in persistent menopause-related symptoms.
The pendulum can swing wildly between different symptoms at postmenopause and may certainly include some of the symptoms mentioned above.
On the flip side however many women report an easing of the more common symptoms and experience a heightened sense of well-being.
I found an interesting article that describes some common symptoms at postmenopause. Click to read more
Making Menopause More Manageable
As in most health conditions there are factors that either help or hinder the process.
I thought it would be helpful to put together a list of healthy lifestyle choices to help you make the most of Menopause and beyond.
What may surprise you is that simple adjustments can go a long way in supporting, not just Menopause, but your overall health as well!
The small things you do today can have a major impact on how your life looks tomorrow! So let’s get started! 🙂
- Quit smoking! Research shows a link between smoking and early signs of menopause.Get the Scientific Facts here
- Eat a Healthy Diet. Fill up on low-calorie fruits and vegetables and a diet of low fat, high fibre food. Whole grain food such as steel-cut oatmeal, quinoa, barley, and brown rice are excellent for providing B vitamins. Read more about Whole food
The Magic of Maca! Modern research has shown that maca has the potential to balance hormone levels and alleviate perimenopausal symptoms. Read more and while you’re there, grab a couple of delicious maca recipes too!
- Calcium and Vitamin D. These are essential and protect your bones during menopause. Calcium rich foods include, Spinach Kale Okra, Collards White beans. Fish such as like sardines, perch, and rainbow trout. The best source of Vitamin D is the sunshine which unfortunately is not always available depending on where you live. Other sources of Vitamin D include fatty fish (full of omega 3 fatty acids), like tuna, mackerel, and salmon, dairy products, beef liver cheese and egg yolks
- Stay Hydrated. Hormonal changes can bring about dehydration. The loss of water due to excess sweating can also leave you feeling dry. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. Read why I love♥ water
- Resistance or Weight Training. A great form of exercise to help increase muscle mass and build bone. Resistance training can stop, prevent and even reverse bone and muscle loss. Read more reasons why you should incorporate it as a regular part of your exercise regime.
And here’s another one that might surprise you, stomping! Yes feet stomping or impact exercise improves bone density. Sports such as tennis where there is a direct impact to the arm, helps to replace lost bone. I found an excellent article packed full of great info on a range of physical exercise especially for menopause. Get it here
- Physical Exercise. Apart from boosting your mood, physical exercise is essential during menopause. A regular exercise program will prevent weight gain and reduce the risk of other diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Try these fitness tips for Menopause. Yoga is also a good choice for core strengthening.
- Stay Positive! Honestly it works! Staying positive and surrounding yourself with women on a similar journey will lighten the load!
Embrace Menopause as a transformative and empowering journey. Put some fun into it! There are some great women support network’s out there.
I love this one! Hot Flash Mob Movement. It is a worldwide, synchronized dance flash mob movement held to honor peri-menopausal and menopausal women everywhere. Why not find out more and sign up today!
It is perfectly natural to go through a hormonal transition but nature did not intend for women to suffer the painful and sometimes unbearable conditions of Menopause.
And if like some women perimenopause began in your 30’s, which is not uncommon, your suffering probably feels like a lifetime.
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You can manage your Menopause! Don’t let it take control of your life.
I recall some of my worst menopausal days being in a hot mess with hot flushes. I was in turmoil with tears and frustration and it was definitely NOT the best time to watch reruns of Bambi or Finding Nemo!
But you know, I was so determined to Master my Menopause! From the get go, I let it know who was boss! My attitude probably got me 75% of the way and the rest was education, support and lifestyle.
I embrace Menopause as a new adventure! Actually in some ways I was happy to wave goodbye to messy monthlies and much prefer life in the ‘accident-stain free’ zone!
I think about it as a time to reclaim the new me, without society-imposed inhibitions, and a personal declaration of my sexual and sensual liberation!
I wish you well on your Menopause journey.
Be Blessed, Stay Beautiful
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