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The Menopause

Updated: Dec 27, 2022

It is World Menopause Day on the 18th October in the UK therefore I thought I would pop this post up today to talk about the Menopause! 💕

There are so many symptoms of the menopause it would be impossible to list them all as EVERYONE goes through it differently! I understand in exercise it can be uncomfortable and sometimes you feel like your body is a radiator about to explode!!!

Please don’t worry I will support you however I can in classes... even if it means dabbing you’re forehead in a cold flannel and telling you everything will be okay! 😊💗

If you think you might be going through the menopause it is always worth going to get yourself checked out at the doctors to be sure and if you’re not happy with an outcome, please push them or get a second opinion! I see loads of women unfortunately getting fobbed off especially when they are younger! 🥺

The menopause starts typically for women aged between 45 and 55, however we all know this is untrue at times when people can start in their 30s and sometimes even younger!! Mental isn’t it! 😲😩

Did you know there are 3 stages of the Menopause?

Perimenopause - This typically begins several years before menopause, when the ovaries gradually make less oestragen. Perimenopause lasts up until menopause, the point when the ovaries stop releasing eggs. In the last 1 to 2 years of Perimenopause, the drop in oestrogen quickens. At this stage, many women have menopause symptoms.

Menopause - This is the point when it's been a year since a woman last had her last menstrual period. At this stage, the ovaries have stopped releasing eggs and making most of their oestrogen.

Postmenopause - These are the years after menopause. During this stage, menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes ease for most women. But health risks related to the loss of oestrogen rise as the woman ages.

Symptoms of the Menopause

Most women approaching menopause will have hot flushes, a sudden feeling of warmth that spreads over the upper body, often with blushing and some sweating. The severity of hot flushes varies from mild in most women to severe in others.

Other common symptoms around the time of menopause include:

  • Irregular or skipped periods

  • Insomnia

  • Mood Swings

  • Fatigue

  • Depression

  • Irritability

  • Racing hear

  • Headaches

  • Joint and muscle aches and pains

  • Changes in libido (sex drive)

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Bladder control problems

Not all women get all of these symptoms.

How will I know when I am going through the Menopause?

Don't panic, if you are worrying - go and see your GP and they can run blood tests for you. It is also worth taking a note and tracking your periods especially when they become irregular!

Have you heard of the 34 common Menopause symptoms?

They always say there are 34 potential symptoms you might, or might not get! That's ridiculous isn't it! So here are the big 34 you could get;

Hot flushes, Night Sweats, Irregular Periods, Loss of Libido, Vaginal Dryness, Mood Swings, Breast Pain, Headaches, Joint Pain, Burning Tongue, Electric Shocks, Digestive Problems, Gum Problems, Muscle Tension, Itchy Skin, Tingling Extremities, Fatigue, Hair Loss, Sleep Disorders, Difficulty in Concentrating, Memory Lapses, Dizziness, Weight Gain, Incontinence, Bloating, Allergies, Brittle Nails, Changes in Odour, Irregular Heartbeat, Depression, Anxiety, Irritability, Panic Disorder and Osteoporosis.

So to summarise... being a woman is bloody hard work! We get dealt the shit bits in life all the time so give yourself a pat on the back today and celebrate how bloody amazing our bodies are and we are! 💕💗 #WOMENUNITE #GIRLPOWER

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