What most of us know about menopause is that it is unpredictable, topsy turvy and ridiculously turbulent. While it may be scary to deal with alone, it’s important that you remember – YOU AREN’T ALONE IN THIS. There is help and support.
You can expect upheaval – from restless sleep to major sleep disturbances and insomnia; from light discomfort, pains and aches to heavy spasms and cramps; from mood swings to fogginess, fatigue and hormonal imbalances; from irregular periods to heavy bleeding, hot flashes, and night sweats.
Of course, there’s more. The severity, intensity, and range of symptoms differ from case to case – so there’s no predicting what you will experience. And, there is no clear starting pointing or ending point in this journey – so there’s no guessing when your symptoms will start or end.
There are, however, a few indicators based on some general patterns that I have observed. These indicators can guide you on your way and help you figure out what you need before major occurrences impact your life. Stay informed, check your body for signs regularly, and get the required help in a timely and effective manner – that’s the crux.
In this blog post, I draw a picture of the everyday “normal” events that you may experience during the various stages of menopause. I recommend certain improvements – in nutrition, exercise, and general lifestyle, that may make a difference to your health and wellbeing. I suggest that you make time in your schedule to talk to a Health Coach and create your own personalised plan.
Signs that you’ve entered perimenopause
You experience an array of symptoms as your hormones shift during the months/years leading up to menopause. Perimenopause is an extended transitional state and a natural end to your menstruation cycle (peri, Greek for “around” or “near” + menopause.)
For most women, perimenopause may last from three to four years. Whereas, for others, it can last for just a few months or extend as long as a decade.
What’s normal during perimenopause
You’re in your 40’s (or rarely in your 30’s). You wake up drenched in a sweat at night. Your periods are erratic, and you experience heavy bleeding on some days. You also experience vaginal dryness and a few, intermittent mood swings.
Signs that you’ve crossed the threshold into menopause
Menopause is a normal, natural and permanent event. As you age, your body produces less and less estrogen until you no longer menstruate. Once you stop menstruating and have had no periods for 12 months – you will have reached menopause.
You can also experience sudden menopause when your ovaries are surgically removed as a part of a medical procedure.
What’s normal during menopause
You are likely between the ages of 40 and 55. You experience night sweats, hot flashes, and cold sweats. This is often accompanied by vaginal changes – dryness, reduced libido and discomfort during sex. You have insomnia and show signs of mild depression and anxiety.
Signs that you’re postmenopausal
Postmenopause is the stage after menopause starting when a woman has not bled for a whole year. During this phase symptoms, such as hot flashes and cold and hot sweats, may ease for many women. However, some women continue to experience menopausal symptoms for a decade or longer.
What’s normal during postmenopause
At this stage, you are at an increased risk of contracting several health conditions, such as osteoporosis and heart disease. Supplementing your diet, exercising regularly, and incorporating healthy lifestyle changes, may reduce the risk of some of these conditions.
I suggest talking to a trusted Health Coach about managing your symptoms and to rule out other conditions that may be causing them. And, join a support group for women in menopause that you find safe and comfortable to share your concerns and issues in.
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Most women are scared, insecure and/or uncertain about the changes that their bodies are experiencing during menopause. They keep it all in and refrain from talking about it. Some changes are challenging and complex – and it is difficult to work through them without first acknowledging their existence and impact on your life.
Women! Stop doing this. You need to talk, vent and explore solutions that work for you.
My Menopausal Solutions Via Gut Health Healing group is designed to help! It is a natural and comfortable setting between friends where you can feel safe and included. You can discuss the issues you’re facing and find answers that you’re looking for.
Sign up today! I look forward to seeing you there!