Have you noticed a lack for physical strength…loosing your train of thought or forgetting where you put the car keys???
Peri-menopause & menopause symptoms can be so much more than hot flushes & night sweats, or bodily aches & pains. We can also experience dry skin, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, urinary frequency, & sleeping difficulties. How many of you reading this right now toss & turn all night….& wake up in a pool of sweat??? Maybe you’ve even noticed you may have some unwanted hair growth, or thinning of scalp & pubic hair.
As we go into peri-menopause our oestrogen levels drop. Low levels of oestrogen are associated with lower levels of serotonin, a chemical that regulates mood, emotions & sleep. Stress during the peri-menopause may make us more likely to succumb to mood problems such as irritability, mood swings, anxiety & trouble making decisions etc. There’s never been a better time to book in that massage or enjoy an Epsom salt foot bath.
Not every woman experiences peri-menopause symptoms to the extreme – about 60% only experience mild symptoms for 4-8 years during the transition, while 20% of lucky women have no bothersome symptoms at all – ‘smooth sailing’ some would say. Menopause truly occurs once you have not had a menstrual period for at least 12 months. During peri-menopause your menstrual bleed can become irregular with either it being more frequent or more time between your bleed, & the flow may change between lighter & heavier. Things can feel a little unpredictable.
As always, you can support your health holistically by quitting smoking, eating well, exercising regularly & incorporating some relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, & breathing exercises into your life. You may also find such things as carrying a fan, dressing in layers, always having water, & a facial water spray can be helpful – especially in Darwin! Avoiding spicy foods, caffeine & alcohol will also reduce flushing. Don’t forget to create some ‘me-time’ in your life. We are often juggling work & home life, caring for kids, & even being there for our ageing parents….but we need to have some b-a-l-a-n-c-e.
If you’d like some assistance with hormone balancing & stress support during menopause….make a booking online now. I can blend an individual herbal tonic or vaginal pessaries to support your symptoms & to help balance everything out. Or if you prefer…herbal tablets. Plus I have my “Wise Woman Tisane” to support nervous system, libido, stress, & hot flushes!!
As always…& especially now as I know what you’re going through – Everlasting Health….the natural choice for you & your family.