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What is Menopause?

Menopause is officially diagnosed when a woman has not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. It marks the end of her reproductive years as her ovaries no longer produce eggs. During this time, a woman is no longer able to get pregnant in a natural way but the body starts making the transition to menopause well in advance.

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Are you a woman in her 30s or early 40s who is absolutely terrified of the M-word? Or maybe you’re simply looking for the best information you can find to manage your transition into menopause or life after menopause.

Whatever the case, be assured that menopause is a natural part of ageing. It is a time for new beginnings, and for many women, it can be an opportunity to gain knowledge about your health and body; the best time to spend more time being good to yourself.

With the right resources, we can manage the physical and mental changes taking place during menopause and set you on a path to feeling better than ever!

Below we’ll discuss some facts and tips about menopause and the menopause transition to equip you with the tools you need.

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Perimenopause

The menopause transition, or perimenopause, is the period leading up to menopause. It can begin in a woman’s late 30s or early 40s and typically lasts between two and eight years. That said, some women experience it for just a few months. Conversely others, perimenopause can last as long as 15 years. We are all unique and this is our journey.

During perimenopause, hormone levels fluctuate because our ovaries produce less estrogen, the hormone that controls the menstrual cycle. As a result, our periods may become irregular and we may experience symptoms like:

  • Hot flashes (a sudden increase in body temperature)
  • Night sweats (hot flashes at night)
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Mood changes
  • Increased cholesterol, including a rise in bad cholesterol (LDL) or decrease in good cholesterol (HDL).

 

Some ladies may also experience changing levels of testosterone. Women don’t produce the same levels of testosterone as men but it regulates sexual desire. For this reason, you may experience lower libido and reduced vaginal lubrication. All because you have started perimenopause.

It’s important to note that perimenopause is experienced differently by every woman. Some women never experience any challenging symptoms during perimenopause whilst symptoms may come on quite gradually over a period of years for others. Women who experience perimenopause very gradually over several years may not easily identify the natural transition their body is going through. Making this connection is important to avoid the growing frustration of repeated doctor’s visits with no answer for each of the individual symptoms as they appear.

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NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP)

As the definitive resource for menopause and other midlife healthcare issues,
NAMS developed a competency examination program in 2002 to

  • Set the standards for menopause practice
  • Assist women in locating clinicians who could provide optimal menopause-related healthcare

To learn more please view the NAMS website here.