Updated: May 23
SIMPLE GUIDE TO MENOPAUSE
Welcome to this simple guide to the 'least often' discussed area of women's health, the menopause.
So, some questions first. Are you in your 40's, 50's or 60's and not quite feeling yourself but can't just put your finger on why?
Maybe you're experiencing low energy, poor sleep, loss of confidence, low libido, aches and pains, mood swings or all of the above at different times?
Have you noticed a change in your body shape or have your jeans become a little bit tighter? Even though you are exercising more than you ever have..
Did you know that it could be related to a change in your hormone levels?
WHAT IS MENOPAUSE AND WHEN DOES IT HAPPEN?
Meno - menstrual cycle
Pause - to stop
Menopause - When you no longer have periods and are unable to conceive naturally.
The stage before the menopause, when you still have a menstrual cycle but hormones begin to fluctuate. There may be changes to the menstrual cycle and menopausal symptoms may be present. usually begins around the age of 45.
Twelve months without a menstrual period.
The menopause occurs when the ovaries no longer produce eggs resulting in a decline the hormones oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone. average age of menopause is 52.
The post reproductive stage of a women’s life after menopause. Menopausal symptoms usually last 3-7 years post menopause. And for some women much longer.
Primary female sex hormone that maintains the menstrual cycle.
Important role in the menstrual cycle to stimulate the womb lining to shed,
Regulates sex drive
Helps to regulate mood.
Aids sleep, mood and energy levels.
Important for heart and bone health.
Helps to maintain muscle tone.
There are over 30 symptoms associated with the menopause. Most women may not recognise that these symptoms can be related to the fluctuation of their hormones, particularly in perimenopause when symptoms can come and go.
SIGNS YOU MAY BE MENOPAUSAL
From my own experience and the feedback from the women I work with, it is often only retrospectively that we realise we had begun our menopause journey way before that first hot flush!
Recognising symptoms and their possible triggers can help us to prepare and make positive changes to your lifestyle to help you journey well through the Menopause.
Menopause Yoga brings together Western medical science and Eastern wellbeing practices to prepare, support and guide women through their menopause journey. This includes an overview of why we may experience symptoms, information on nutrition, natural remedies, HRT and more, as well as a therapeutic Yoga practice.
HOW CAN YOGA HELP?
The key to managing the transition through all stages of Menopause is self care.
To be forewarned is forearmed.
Do your own research and of course do Yoga!
Join my new Menopause Yoga class at Tessa Clemson Yoga, Great Harwood.
Every Wednesday 7.45pm
Starts 7th June
Hello, I'm Jo..
I've been practicing and teaching Yoga for many years and I'm passionate about the transformational power of Yoga particularly in terms of womens health.
I have experienced first hand just how effective Menopause Yoga can be in managing menopausal symptoms.
My intention is to share some really helpful and hopeful information to support you on your menopause journey,