Menopause

Are you going through the menopause?

Do you notice physical changes, or changes in the way that you think, feel and behave?

Are these affecting you in a negative way?

Menopause is the time when your periods stop. The levels of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone in your body fall, and you stop producing eggs. But for years leading up to your last period, and for years afterwards, your body goes through a time of immense transition and change. You may be a woman for whom these changes are gradual and subtle – so much so that you hardly notice them. On the other hand, you might find yourself thrown into physical, emotional and mental disarray as your hormones appear to have a wild party - at your expense.

In the UK the average age for the final period is about 51-52 years, but it may be that you experience menopause much, much sooner – perhaps in your twenties or thirties, although this is comparatively rare. Or maybe you still have periods in your 60s. Every woman is different.

Signs and Symptoms of Menopause

Many woman move through menopause with ease, but it is thought that about half of all women experience some uncomfortable physical, mental and emotional changes before, during and after their periods have stopped. The following is a list of some of the most common changes that women experience. Some of these are more usual before your periods stop altogether (and the build up to this can take years), and some may continue throughout the process.

Typical physical changes:

  • Changes in length and frequency of periods until they stop
  • Hot flushes and night sweats
  • Insomnia and sleep disturbance
  • Feeling exhausted, and as though you have 'lost your sparkle'
  • Dry or sore vagina, and often a loss of interest in sex
  • Bladder problems – you may be prone to infections
  • Aches and pains
  • Possible weight gain, due to water retention
  • You may notice changes in your hair and skin

Typical mental and emotional changes are:

Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and that these discomforts do not last forever. They are part of a natural process, and can be managed with the right treatment.

Information

Although you can't predict when your own personal menopause will begin, or how it will effect you, you will help yourself tremendously by being informed about it, and developing a positive attitude to it. My book: MENOPAUSE - The Guide for Real Women offers masses of information about how the menopause comes about, and the signs and symptoms at different stages of menopause. There are also lots of tips about how to manage these, and a variety of women helpfully share their own experiences.

Treatment for Menopausal Symptoms

You may wonder if you are in the lead up to your menopause, or you may be in the middle of it. Or your periods may have stopped long ago, but you are experiencing some of the changes and symptoms now. If you are really suffering, or are worried about the way that you feel, you should always see your doctor in the first instance. Lots of women have used complimentary treatments to relieve some of their symptoms, and I have found that hypnotherapy has helped many women, during this challenging time.

Hypnotherapy is a particularly safe and gentle option, which can be very beneficial when dealing with some menopausal symptoms.

Call me on 07846 208 378, and I will explain the process in more detail and answer your questions.