Let’s Talk About Menopause
Menopause symptoms are insidious and it can be difficult to join the dots together so being aware of the symptoms can really help. These symptoms occur, because of oestrogen depletion. Oestrogen is an anti-inflammatory, and most of the symptoms are a direct result of inflammation increasing.
The average age of menopause is 51 (12 months and 1 day of no periods). Peri-menopause occurs in the run up to this time, and this can last 10 years or more. 10 years of fluctuating hormones that can impact your brain function and cognitive ability, reproductive function, heart and bone health and insulin management (middle age spread anyone?). It also causes low mood, rage and increased body odour, it’s like puberty in reverse (but we expect teenagers to act out, not grown up women. I saw a meme recently referring to menopausal women as ‘QUEENAGERS’ ). It’s also worth pointing out that 1 in 100 women, will be menopausal by the age of 40, meaning all these symptoms will happen in their 30’s. Once you understand what is happening to you, treating menopause symptoms with HRT can be life changing. The new modern transdermal, body-identical HRT is extremely safe for most women, with no evidence of increase in breast cancer or blood clots. It will almost immediately reduce symptoms.
- Balance - Homepage (balance-menopause.com) - Dr Louise Newson menopause specialist’s page
- Balance - Balance app (balance-menopause.com) - Free app, with loads of information and a symptom tracker facility that allows you to print a report for your GP
- Overview | Menopause: diagnosis and management | Guidance | NICE - NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) produce these guidelines for GP’s to help diagnose and treat menopause. GP’s can be unaware of these
- menopausesupport.co.uk – Supporting You Through Change