Things I Wish I’d Known About Peri Menopause

Another guest post today, this time the lovely Michelle at Fifty & Fab

When I turned 40, I didn’t even know that peri menopause was a thing!  I knew that menopause would happen ‘sometime near 50’ and that because I was a bit older when I had my children, I’d probably feel menopausal about the same time as my daughter was experiencing puberty.  I joked about it!  My mother had a surgical menopause at 40 due to a hysterectomy so I didn’t even have her experience to learn from.

When I turned 40, I didn’t even know that peri menopause was a thing!  I knew that menopause would happen ‘sometime near 50’ and that because I was a bit older when I had my children, I’d probably feel menopausal about the same time as my daughter was experiencing puberty.  I joked about it!  My mother had a surgical menopause at 40 due to a hysterectomy so I didn’t even have her experience to learn from.

Natural menopause can happen at any time from your early to mid-’40s (there are of course some exceptions) and peri menopause is the term used for the years building up to the day of your last period.  If you have been period free for one year, then that day is your ‘menopause’ and if you remain period free after a year then you are considered post menopause.

Start making lifestyle changes around the time of your 40th birthday, focus on better nutrition and mindset so you can be prepared for the hormonal imbalances that may occur.

You will still need to use some form a contraception until age 55!  You can get pregnant even if you think your periods have stopped!  Periods can be erratic for quite a few years!

Anxiety, depression, and mood swings can all be part of peri menopause due to the fluctuating oestrogen in your body.  Don’t let a GP fob you off with anti-depressants!  If you are under 45 ask for a hormone blood test.  If you are over 45 then peri menopause should be a clinical diagnosis based on your symptoms.  Familiarise yourself with the NICE guidelines on menopause.  Ask for a referral if the GP does not follow the guidance.

 

Peri Menopause

I wish I’d know that alcohol and crap food would make me feel worse and that weight gain and bloating are common in peri menopause.  And that stress, insomnia and fatigue are all symptoms.

I used to be a master at multi-tasking, but hormonal brain fog left me confused and wondering about my sanity!  Learn to write everything down!  I have lost count of the number of friends who have confided they think they have dementia and I have reassured them it is just peri menopause!

That not everyone gets hot flushes!  For me, it was the dreaded night sweats and there are products that can help, buy a wool duvet for example, so much better at regulating temperature.

Do your research, and get educated on the subject, there are so many great resources and campaigns now.  My top recommendations would be Dr Louise Newson, The Menopause Doctor (website and podcast) and the Menopause Support website with Diane Danzebrink.

Menopause isn’t a medical condition, it is a life stage, but fluctuating hormones can make you feel really rubbish, don’t delay asking for help!

I’d love you to visit my blog at www.fiftyandfab.co.uk where I write about ‘being fifty and fab …‘ in your 50’s and share inspiration on style, health, fitness, beauty, menopause, days out and holidays!

I’m a full-time mum (even if my children are grown up and have mostly flown the nest), wife and blogger, when time allows – it is a little bit of space for me!  I’m not an expert but I do share what works for me, a bit like chatting with a friend over coffee (or wine).

The Lucha Libre Team

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