They Think It’s All Ovary

by | 2, Apr 20 | Hysterectomy, Menopause | 0 comments

I can imagine you’re wondering where the title of this blog came from. Well, over the last few years I’ve noticed the growing number of misconceptions surrounding the menopause.

I’m sure I’ll get around to sharing with you at some point but for now please indulge me and let me focus on my number one grudge!

The biggest misunderstanding is the idea that when you’ve fallen over the menopause cliff, you’re done, and you can simply dust yourself down and get on with life. If only it was that simple.

Let me explain… when you’ve technically gone through the menopause you still need to pay close attention to your hormonal health. Even if you sailed through your perimenopausal and menopausal years it’s crucial that you continue supporting your hormones because making babies isn’t their only job.

For example, oestrogen is vasculo-protective, promotes bone density, encourages healthy metabolism and helps maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract. So, if your oestrogen starts to drop and you don’t pay attention to the wider implications of your hormonal health, reproduction isn’t the only thing that will start to wind down.

 

Then throw in stress, work, family, elderly parents, children, husband or partner…can you see where this is going?

 

‘They think it’s all ovary’ refers to the fact that it’s never really over, whether that’s a temporary hormone imbalance, perimenopause or full-blown menopause. I know that sounds ever so dramatic but please bear with me. After menopause we continue to produce and utilise hormones for the rest of our lives.

To put this in perspective the life expectancy of women is about 83 years while the average age of menopause is 51. That’s at least a whopping 32 years of good health to look forward to.

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