Around 3.5 million women aged over 50 years are currently in employment in the UK, yet the subject of menopause and menopause-related symptoms remains under-discussed. Menopause can present in a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms, including hot flushes and night sweats, brain fog, insomnia and even depression.
Studies have shown that:
Whilst some women embrace menopause, some struggle with it and many women do not realise peri-menopause can start as early as 40 years of age or younger. Therefore, I feel it is essential for all women to be informed about menopause and be empowered to approach it positively. Menopause needs to be less taboo.
All women are different, which means the symptoms of menopause can differ between women. Generally, however, women should be aware of the following changes to their body:
Treatments range from prescribed medication such as HRT, to more holistic methods that target the mind over the body. Again, the effectiveness of treatments may vary from woman to woman. Before embarking on a treatment plan, do your research from trusted sources and speak with your GP to identify your options and what is right for you.
Knowledge is power, so being informed is important when it comes to manging menopause. There is lots of information out there but it is also important to discuss concerns with a qualified health professional if you struggle with symptoms.
As with many health-related issues, being in tune with your body can also help women understand and manage the effects of menopause. There are many ways to track health, from an old fashioned paper calendar to more high-tech methods such as apps like Balance. Women can then present this data to their GP for review and diagnosis.
Menopause symptoms can affect mental and physical health, so having a positive approach to wellbeing can, at times, help deal with symptoms. Women should consider putting in place actions to alleviate mental strain, such as a good night’s sleep, exercise, mindfulness, pilates, healthy eating and reduced alcohol consumption.
Finally, opening up conversations about menopause is a great way to learn more and identify support. Shared knowledge and experiences can help with overcoming challenges. Also, talking through issues can sometimes help lighten burdens, dissipate worries, and unite through shared knowledge and experiences. Knowning your mother’s experience may also be valuable in determining the age she went through menopause as this can at times relate to your own experience.
At TY Health and Fitness, I aim to support women at all life stages and specialise in the menopausal years. I’m currently planning my next PRIME Menopause Retreat. You can register your interest in the next retreat by completing this form.
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