Excerpt from Louise Skeen's book "Hot Flush to Hot Body in Just 6 Weeks"
Now here’s a topic that you may want to know more about because it’s not every day you share menopause symptom stories openly. Have you ever tried to discuss or elaborate to a male or to a female much younger than you who’s never experienced menopause, how your hormones are giving you grief? They may tell you they “understand”, but there’s no way they can, I guess.
I do believe it’s important to have some basic knowledge on what happens with your hormones when menopausal.
Not understanding your hormones and the effect they have on you from the average age of 45 years onward, may be good reason why you may struggle understanding your behaviour, emotions, thoughts and rapid body shape changes.
A hormone is a chemical substance made by an organ like the thyroid gland or ovary. These hormones send messages through your blood stream to help control many body functions such as digestion, repair of cells, body temperature, reproduction and sexual function. They alert the body to eat, to sleep, to grow, to store fat, to build muscle – to keep conversations going between cells and organs.
Menopause alters these stable hormones…. And this is when the roulette wheel may begin to spin.
The years and months before menopause (peri or pre-menopause) see levels of some hormones fluctuate irregularly and this happens as your ovaries function less and therefore produce fewer hormones. The two main hormones that have regulated and protected your body up to pre-menopause are oestrogen and progesterone.
Oestrogens role is to protect your heart and bones, as well as maintain healthy organs and body function. Progesterone means “promoting gestation” so clearly this female sex hormone’s role is essential for fertility and sustaining a pregnancy. With these hormones now depleting from your body, protection and fertility reduce greatly and although progesterone may seem unnecessary after menopause, a balance of oestrogen and progesterone are needed to avoid dominating hormones that could cause weight gain, depression, mood swings, thyroid dysfunction, low sex drive and other symptoms.
At pre-menopause you may begin to experience interesting symptoms that ring an alarm that your body is beginning to change. As you reach post menopause, when you haven’t had a menstrual period for 12 months or more, some of the symptoms may disappear however, but be prepared because your symptoms may get worse. There’s no way to determine what your hormones will do.
If all your symptoms disappear when post-menopause, then you’re remarkably fortunate and many women may be awfully envious, including me, because several symptoms decided to hitch a ride in my body for a good number of years.
Some women, however, are not so fortunate and the change in their hormones greatly affect their quality of life. Statistics find that 94% of women have difficulty sleeping, 92% complain of severe forgetfulness, over 85% have night sweats and 87% report irregular irritability. I don’t write this to scare you, or prepare you for the worst, but to offer you the awareness that every female body will experience menopause differently. Keep in mind though, these studies do not offer information on how many women actually exercised daily and had a healthy daily diet.
I do strongly believe, that a healthy lifestyle with regular movement to challenge your fitness and strength, a balanced daily diet to suit your dominating hormone and with a reduced intake of inflammation creating foods such as sugar, plus sufficient quality sleep to allow your body to repair, all contribute toward a more regular transition through menopause and post-menopause.
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