Suffering with menopausal symptoms or hot flushes?
Due to my own experiences I have found a way to suppress the symptoms of menopause, and I am now supporting lots of other women with my
Seed and menopause programme.
Even if you’re not approaching or going through the menopause, chances are someone close to you is. it shouldn’t be an awkward conversation but sadly it is, and considering that every woman will go through it we still don’t openly talk about it. I think it’s because it’s associated with ageing, and us women don’t want to really think our bodies are changing and aging.
Ladies just remember it’s a natural transition, don’t be afraid to talk to your family, ask for support, also find other women who are going through the same experiences.
Menopause is not a medical illness. Even so, the physical and emotional symptoms of menopause can disrupt a woman’s life, I know that from personal experience.
Most women don’t realise that they are two phases to menopause. The first phase is called perimenopause and the signs and symptoms are the same of menopause, but you are still ovulating and can still become pregnant at this stage.
Perimenopause begins in the years prior to menopause when your hormones begin to change, and your periods become irregular. The ovaries start to slow down and produce less oestrogen. What a lot of women don’t realise is that this often begins when you are in your 40s, and that menopause is a very gradual process.
Then menopause phase is when a woman hasn’t had a period for a full year and this normally happens around the age of 50. The average woman might experience menopause symptoms for around four years after that last period however, one in 10 of us can have symptoms for up to 10 maybe 12 years.
If you smoke, you can expect to
experience the menopause almost two years earlier than non-smokers
because the chemicals in cigarette smoke damage oestrogen.
If you are experiencing lighter menstrual cycles, or they have stopped, and you are under the age of 45, you may be going through early menopause. Most of the symptoms associated with menopause happen during the perimenopause stage.
I think I first started experiencing symptoms around 5 years ago, but I didn’t actually associate the symptoms with the changes that were happing to my body. (My mother told me nothing ha). It was affecting me physically, and emotionally. At times I really don’t know myself, and my family couldn’t understand what was happening to me. I was crying at the drop of a hat, lashing out for no reason. I am sure some of the ladies reading this can recognise that in themselves.
Some women go through menopause without any complications or unpleasant symptoms. But others find the symptoms lasting for many years and causing big changes to their lifestyle. A lot the women that I work with, say they feel unprepared for what menopause may bring, and they are surprised how its affected their health, their work, and their personal lives.
Some women are still fertile and can still get pregnant, and here is an interesting fact, taking hormonal birth control could help suppress the symptoms. Up to 90 % of women gain weight and may feel hungrier or more fatigued.
Now is the time to start taking really good care of our self-ladies.
Women over the age of 50 are a big part of the workforce, and most will go through the menopause transition during their working lives. For every 10 women experiencing menopausal symptoms, 6 say it has a negative effect on their work, and relationships at work.
Menopause has been referred to as the “change” and it can be stressful for a lot of women and their partners. It occurs around the age of 50/51. The transition can begin on average up to 4 years before the final period and can last up to 10 years, which I was really shocked about when I first heard this.
As our child-bearing years come to an end, our ovaries stop producing oestrogen, and women experience hormonal changes as our hormone levels decrease. The symptoms of menopause vary greatly for each woman. In fact, in one study up to 84% of women said their symptoms interfere with their lives.
Although the age you start
menopause is partly genetically determined, this does not mean that you will
have the same experience as your Mother or Sister. Your symptoms can vary
considerably despite being in the same family.
common symptoms of menopause are:
Hot flashes, mood swings, depression,
or anxiety. Many of the women I work with say they suffer with Irritability, and
some women tell me they cannot control their mood swings.
Environmental factors can bring on early menopause, and certain things like: Smoking, chemotherapy, poor nutrition, and of course a hysterectomy can bring on early menopause. Some of these things are avoidable, but others can be managed such as your diet and lifestyle choices.
SO what are
the main symptoms that most women notice
The first and most common are:
Hot flushes, this can be night sweats or day sweats, and some of the ladies I
work with say they can change clothing several times a day. Some ladies notice
their body odour becomes stronger.
What can you
do about it?
Dress in layers, be prepared to remove layers. Use breathing techniques, breathe slowly and deeply. This sort of controlled breathing just as you start a hot flash can shorten and lessen it quite a lot. Drink plenty water can regulate your temperature and turn down the heating.
Brain fog, to me this seemed to happen overnight, I just couldn’t think straight. I am still going through these symptoms and at times I cannot even remember common words, or even the kid’s names. I do laugh it off, but it did worry me.
What can we
do about brain fog? Exercise your
brain, play word gamesor learn a new language. I started studying again.
You may also experience more
migraines or headaches more frequently. This is because the imbalance of
these hormones causes the blood vessels to keep expanding and contract, and
eventually the pressure causes the pain.
Anxiety, I was never an anxious person, until recently, I would wake
up in the middle of the night from nightmares.
I found myself worrying about
everything, and always assuming the worst outcomes for everything.
Anxiety can affect your life; it
can cause doubt and unease. However, you can work on mindset and regain more
control of your thoughts. Taking care of your mental health should be a huge
priority, women already have twice the risk of anxiety and stress than men.
How I deal with it, Deep breathing and meditation really helps me, I do more exercise, yoga, and I walk for miles getting plenty fresh air.
Your Sex life, A lot of ladies say the symptoms disrupt their sex lives, which may even affect relationships, and some of the ladies I work with have even experience slight Incontinence, which is really embarrassing. This is something I work closely on with ladies. Also, you may find that you go to the loo more often than normal especially during the night. Don’t stop drinking water, this will help your hot flushes at night.
Most women will gain weight, go out walking, it is easy on your joints, and it burns calories. As oestrogen levels decrease, your bad cholesterol levels can begin to rise therefore, look at your diet and include all food groups.
Another symptom is Hair loss, don’t worry this is hormonal and will stop falling out. Visit your hairdresser regularly. Change your hair style maybe have it layered, highlights make your hair look thicker.
The fatigue during menopause can consume you. Sometimes, I’d wake up after a full night’s sleep still feeling tired. But most nights I just cannot not sleep. I have started having a regular massage, I go to yoga and meditation, and I have learnt to slow down and rest when I know I need to rest.
Immune system, some of my ladies I work with have experienced outbreaks of shingles. To support your immune system exercise, and healthy eating. The most important thing to remember is that these are symptoms are normal.
Menopause may seem scary, involve your family with your experience and ask for support. Because of what I am going through I have now set up a support system for women. I help women by adding a hand full of cold pressed seeds to their diets. The seeds remove inflammation naturally, and my ladies are seeing amazing results: They are seeing a big reduction in hot flushes, improvement in join pain, they are sleeping much better, nearly all my ladies tell me they mood changed for the better, and they are experiencing less brain fog.
I work closely with the ladies because each lady is different and results may vary, and I have put together a programme for each lady to follow. I am also working with younger ladies who are experiencing menstrual problems. Many young women can be bed-bound for 3 or 4 days. My programme is help so many women. If you would like to know more about my programme I am running contact me directly 07920729394 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep in mind that menopause is just another stage in your life rather than a disease or a medical condition, lets kick the taboo from Menopause together. Join my programme today and let me help you.
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