Menopause is also called "the change". This is a natural point in the ageing process but it can be a challenging time for many women. Both physically and mentally.
Women can also go through early menopause if the ovaries are removed surgically or during treatment such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
”NICE guidelines estimate that eight out of 10 women in the UK experience some menopause symptoms” and therefore it is so important that women have access to professionals and get the right help and support.
The peri-menopause can start at anytime but is most common in the mid-40s onwards and the symptoms can include hot flushes, night sweats, joint pain, mood swings, irritability, forgetfulness, anxiety and tiredness. Some of the more ‘sensitive’ symptoms such as low libido, vaginal dryness and painful intercourse can leave women feeling embarrassed and less confident. I hear many women say “I don’t feel like a woman anymore”. So, it’s not surprising that many women suffer from depression and anxiety at this time in their lives (1).
To all women out there - it’s inevitable (unless you have been through it already) and so it’s a good idea to be prepared. Many women dread this stage in their lives and often you only hear about the bad experiences. However, every woman is different and whilst some may seem to breeze through this life stage, for others it can be a very different story. Change can be unnerving and frightening. This is about not suffering in silence.
What many women don’t realise is that what you do NOW will have a direct impact on how you can progress smoothly through this life stage. It’s the difference between a smooth transition or a rocky road ahead.
Nutrition plays a vital role as certain foods may trigger hot flushes, night sweats and mood swings and lifestyle factors including stress and poor sleep can have a huge impact, particularly at this stage of a woman’s life.
Here are my top 5 tips for managing the menopause:
Reduce alcohol, caffeine and don’t smoke
I run workshops that will help you to gain a deeper understanding about:
How to get support to help you to cope with and manage this inevitable life stage
I share my experience and expertise with you so that you come away with practical tips and tools that you can include as part of your daily life to help to manage your symptoms and fully prepare yourself
This is about what you can do now……. rather than pretend it isn’t going to happen. If you haven’t thought about it yet, I would strongly advise that you do.
Are you between 40-55? Do you have irregular periods?
Are you experiencing menopausal symptoms and need help?
Getting support so that you can flourish and increase your happiness is key.
Knowledge is power, and I feel very strongly that education around women’s health leads to empowerment and happiness.
Click here to find out more about ‘Managing the Menopause Naturally’.
Remember, your health is your greatest asset.