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June 20, 2023

In this post, we’re going to give you an overview of everything that happens to your body during menopause and what you might feel or experience as you move through this stage of your life.

Whether you’re in the lead up to menopause, currently going through it, or hoping to support someone in your family who is, we’ll be sharing everything that you need to know. 

Signs that you might be starting menopause

As you move towards menopause, the first thing you’ll notice are a few of the following tell-tale signs.

  • Irregular periods
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Chills
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • A change in your mood
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Weight gain
  • Slower metabolism

Normally, you’ll start noticing these signs in your late 40s or early 50s. However, it is possible to go through menopause earlier or later than this. You’ll know that you’ve entered menopause when you haven’t had a period for 12 months in a row. 

Hormones during menopause

Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone will all be affected during menopause. But estrogen, in particular, will drop significantly. Because estrogen affects the hypothalamus, this is what will be causing your hot flashes and night sweats. Unfortunately, these are two of the most frustrating and unavoidable symptoms of menopause. 

But it’s not all bad news…

How menopause can positively impact your life

Menopause marks an enormous milestone in a woman’s life. And though it can be tough, it’s also something to celebrate. You still have half of your life to live, this is when the real fun begins!

Not only do you no longer have to deal with the monthly fuss of periods, but you won’t have any of the symptoms associated with it. No more period pains, hormone-induced headaches, or PMS! You also never have to worry about birth control again - it can be pretty empowering to know that you’ll be able to avoid hormonal contraception without the chance of getting pregnant for the rest of your life. 

Many women also report that they feel a greater zest for life and more empowerment following the onset of menopause. It’s a great time to take stock of your life, dive deeper into relationships, and take those big risks that you’ve always dreamt of.

How to make menopause easier 

The best way to prepare for menopause is to do your research. Buy books written by health practitioners who specialise in menopause, follow them on social media for daily tips, and learn how to look after your body and reduce the more difficult symptoms during this time. 

Sit down with your loved ones and explain to them what’s going to be happening to your body over the next few months. Decide on the ways in which they can best support you and make this time easier for you.

Pay attention to the food and drink that you’re putting in your body, as well as remembering to do at least a little exercise every day. Not only will this keep your energy levels up, but you’ll benefit from the happy hormones that come with exercising.

Are you moving into menopause? How are you looking after your body and mind?

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