What is the menopause anyway?

The menopause is a natural life stage where your hormones and body are in flux and despite what you might think, hear or read, it is not the end of the road.

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But the journey is, unfortunately, rarely trouble free.

Yes, coming soon to a body near you…

The menopause is essentially the end of your monthly cycle of menstruation.

But take a deep breath…

You are not alone and, unfortunately, when it comes to the menopause, shit well and truly happens! It’s a natural and inevitable biological process often referred to as ‘puberty’s evil big sister!’

Menopause and its preceding years are often burdened by the physical, mental and emotional strain of our body winding down its reproductive machinery. It’s a big deal to say the least.

Read more…

Yes, coming soon to a body near you…

The menopause is essentially the end of your monthly cycle of menstruation.

But take a deep breath…

You are not alone and, unfortunately, when it comes to the menopause shit well and truly happens! It’s a natural and inevitable biological process often referred to as ‘puberty’s evil big sister!’

Menopause and its preceding years are often burdened by the physical, mental and emotional strain of our body winding down its reproductive machinery. It’s a big deal to say the least.

Read more…

Advice can be contradictory and confusing and although we’re overloaded with information on fertility in pregnancy when it comes to menopause there is a huge void.

But it IS a change, and this transitional period in your life is both a physical and a psychological burden.

It can leave you feeling bewildered, confused, overwhelmed, embarrassed and even miserable!

Have you lost confidence and perhaps feel tearful at the slightest thing? Why is there still a stigma associated with menopause? Over the hill or past it? High profile women are starting to talk about it, but it is still steeped in negativity, it’s a natural part of a woman’s biological evolution, not a disease to cure.

Find out more about Menopausal Stages…

‘The Change’, don’t you hate that expression?

‘The Change’, don’t you hate that expression?

But it IS a change, and this transitional period in your life is both a physical and a psychological burden.

It can leave you feeling bewildered, confused, overwhelmed, embarrassed and even miserable!

Have you lost confidence and perhaps feel tearful at the slightest thing? Why is there still a stigma associated with menopause? Over the hill or past it? High profile women are starting to talk about it, but it is still steeped in negativity, it’s a natural part of a woman’s biological evolution, not a disease to cure.

Find out more about Menopausal Stages…

There’s just no predicting when your menopause will start, or how it will present. Unless it is medically induced, the start point of your menopause is always retrospective.

Menopausal Stages

Menopause officially happens when the menstrual cycle stops due to ovarian failure, surgical or otherwise.

It is actually derived from the Greek words ‘menos’ meaning month and ‘pausos’ meaning ending and the majority of women in the UK will experience menopause between the ages of 45 and 55 but typically by 51. Around 1 in 100 women will reach menopause before the age of 40 and this is known as premature ovarian deficiency.

Menopause

Menopause is the permanent cessation of monthly periods and is due to the loss of ovarian follicular activity. Medically speaking it is defined as 12 months without menstruation in the absence of any pathological or physiological causes.

Essentially, menopause is your final menstrual period and although there are many signs and symptoms in the run up to this, there is no definitive biological marker that can diagnose if menopause is happening or has happened.​

 

Perimenopause

Technically perimenopause refers to the 1 to 2 years immediately prior to menopause. However, it now has a much wider application and we could be seeing perimenopause lasting at least 10 years prior to menopause.

Menopause Transition

Menopause transition is the time frame close to the final period where hormones and periods can be extremely changeable and unpredictable. Symptoms, if experienced, tend to peak around this time.

Post-menopause

The period of time following the final menstrual period, surgical or spontaneous, is referred to as post-menopause. This can be identified 12 months after the final period.

Induced menopause

An induced menopause is triggered by the surgical removal of the ovaries or a loss of function due to treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation or medications. In some cases, especially in the absence of surgery, this can be a temporary state.

 

Hot flushes? Failing memory? Imsomnia? Menopausal symptoms are varied, and common.

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