The beginner's guide to menopause:
I'm so used to talking about menopause - I forget other women aren't!
So if you're just getting started talking about or understanding menopause...
Or if you're looking for the elusive info that will help you understand menopause treatments and which ones are right for you...
Here's my guide on
- Where to start
- How the whole hormonal puzzle fits together
- And my three-part plan for feeling great
Here's a quick video walkthrough of exactly what you'll find in this blog:
What is menopause - when does it start - how long does it last ?
A: The menopausal transition is the whole time when your hormone levels are decreasing. They change from their highest levels (when you're your most fertile) to their lowest levels - after "the moment of menopause" is a couple of years past.
The moment that is actually called menopause is the day when you have had no menstrual bleeding for 12 months in a row.
On average, your hormone levels dropping starts around age 28 - really pick up speed around 38 - hit a critical low point where your period stops around 45 or 50 - and then continue to drop until they levels off at your postmenopausal levels 2-4 years later.
And it's very normal for it to start earlier - or later - or go more quickly or slowly. (See the PS if you've had a hysterectomy)
What if you've had a hysterectomy?
If your ovaries were removed, you entered "surgical menopause" the day of your surgery, and you're post-menopause from then on.
If you kept one or both ovaries, you will follow the same hormonal timeline you would have anyway. You just won't have periods helping to let you know what's happening when.
What are the most common symptoms women feel during this transition?
The most common are
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Trouble sleeping
- Brain fog
- And increased anxiety or stress...
But these are really common too:
- Weight gain
- New food allergies and bloating
- Body aches, frozen shoulder, or tendinitis
- Dry eyes, mouth, or skin
- Heavy bleeding
- Bone loss or muscle loss
- Thinning hair
- Vaginal dryness, low libido, or recurring UTIs
- And MUCH more
What can you do to relieve symptoms of menopause?
There are three approaches to dealing with these symptoms:
#1: Ignore them till menopause is "over."
I strongly disagree with this option because
#2: Use symptomatic treatment only
This is when you treat individual symptoms, as they pop up, with things like painkillers, sleeping pills, anti-depressants, fans, cooling sprays, and cooling nightgowns.
#3: Treat the underlying hormonal imbalance or cause of your symptoms
This is my favorite approach because it:
What about after menopause?
About 90% of women have what they think are just normal signs of aging after menopause that are actually preventable symptoms of low or imbalanced hormone levels!
(Especially if you include and address male and female sex hormone and everything they affect like metabolism hormones, blood sugar hormones, stress hormones, and inflammatory chemicals in the body.)
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So if you're still with me and...
After looking at your three options
- Ignore symptoms till menopause is over
- Use symptomatic treatment only
- Treat the underlying hormonal imbalance or cause of your symptoms
You want to do #3...
Here's Your 3-Part Plan for Feeling Great During & After Menopause:
Adopt a hormone-friendly diet & lifestyle
Add in customized herbal remedies and key supplements
If those two steps aren't enough add in gentle HRT
So if you're thinking...
Find out why HRT is not a complete solution - and how to get relief from any and all of these plus more - here's how. Get started with the smoothie recipes that'll start supporting your hormones -and watch your email for an exclusive invitation to my next FREE online class.
Guide: Use Smoothies to Manage Menopause Without Drugs
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