With Menopause day on 18th Oct, I thought I would share some of my story , and how I have used this to help clients . As a woman we spend around 40% of our life in Menopause so it really is an area that needs to be understood by us. Luckily in the last 5 years it is being more spoken about in the mainstream media , but it is still a much under researched area.
🌟 Perimenopause can start in your early 40s ( I was around 42)
🌟 Period changes and hot flushes can be some of the last symptoms to appear
🌟 Mood swings, anxiety, depression are often the first signs
🌟 Sleep becomes something you dream of !
🌟 Motivation to train disappears
🌟 Weight gain occurs from eating "normally"
🌟 Most menopause supplements are a waste of money ( marketeers profiting from our worries, insecurities and anxiety)
🌟 Brain fog and memory changes can be quite scary
🌟 It is "normal" you are not alone and most women experience some of the 37 symptoms.
Menopause can be a scary and lonely time, our bodies are changing, there is nothing we can do to stop the change occurring, and often it feels as if it is too soon. There is a whole load of emotion attached to it . Menopause signifies the end of our fertility which in itself can bring up a whole load of emotions, as it closes the chapter on a part of our lives whether we are ready for it or not. It is perceived to be something that happens when we are old, and so denial is a very common theme during perimenopause, as we think we are not old enough.
Uncertainty about what to do for the best, where to turn to, often having preconceived ideas about treatments especially HRT due to ill represented media about research.
Luckily in the last 5 years there is a lot of change in the information that is available to us, it is more widely spoken about , there are programmes on mainstream TV. The research into treatments available is much better , and reported accurately , as well as using the current forms of HRT and a relevant population for the studies. This research is only increasing as more focus is being given to something that affects 50% of the population for 40% of their lives.
We can now be so much better informed, be aware of symptoms as they start to show themselves and armed with the research available it can help us to make informed fact based decisions to enable us to head into the next chapter in our lives with a positive outlook .