In your mid-30s, you are still producing enough hormones to give you good energy, skin, muscle tone and a sex drive, but subtle changes are happening in your ovaries as your egg supply starts to dwindle. ⠀
During the early stages of this phase, your cycle may still be arriving like clockwork, but in the later years it may start to vary in length and/or you could start to skip periods entirely. ⠀
Phase One is a crucial time to start looking after you hormonal health so you can reduce or avoid many of the symptoms of the Perimenopause that occur in phase two.
In Phase Two our hormone levels start to change dramatically and over time we stop having a regular Menstrual Cycle. Our egg supply has shrunk, making pregnancy less likely but not impossible, beware!⠀
Progesterone, oestrogen and testosterone levels decline which lead to irregular cycles. You may skip two or more cycles, going more than sixty days without a period. Your period may also increase or decrease in duration and your flow becomes heavier or lighter. ⠀
Hormones at this time can fluctuate to extremes and this leads to many of the symptoms of the Perimenopause. But many of the symptoms are your mind and body screaming at you to look at your lifestyle.
NOW is the time to make the changes you need to improve your mental and physical health and lay the foundations for a healthy and happy life Post Menopause.
Your Menopause is ONE day, it is the very last of your last period, your last day of bleeding. Once you have a clear 12 months without a period you are in Post Menopause.
Our average life expectancy is 81, the average age of the Menopause is 51, that’s 30 years of life without sex hormones, almost a third of our lives. This is why it is so important to prepare ourselves mentally and physically during our 30s, 40s and 50s so we can continue to thrive during this final stage of life.
Welcome to The Merry Menopause, it’s not just about hormones, it’s about connecting, wellbeing and enjoying life even when it gets tough. Women everywhere, I invite you to join the conversation.