Written by Perfecting Pilates on 25-Mar-2022
Menopause is the time that marks the end of your menstrual cycles. It's diagnosed after you've gone 12 months without a menstrual period. Menopause can happen in your 40's or 50's, but the average age is 51 in the United Kingdom.
Menopause is a natural biological process. But the physical symptoms, such as hot sweats, and emotional symptoms of menopause may disrupt your sleep, lower your energy or affect emotional health. There are many effective treatments available, from lifestyle adjustments, Exercise and Nutrition to hormone replacement therapy.
Are you worried about taking hormone replacement therapy?
You have to choose what's right for you. It all depends on your family history, whether or not you've had cancer, or it's in your family history. A chemical based one wont be the best option. Don't worry there is different options if that's the case.
What are the options, you may ask yourself?
. Mirena Coil - releases a small amount of Progesterone steadily into the system
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy - is a non chemical, it mimics your hormones. It comes in patches or gel. You will also need a progesterone tablets, that you take for 14 days a month.
These options are available through the NHS, but are not advertised as its costly to your G.P practise.
What are the Symptoms of Menopause?
In the months or years leading up to menopause (perimenopause), you might experience these signs and symptoms:
- Irregular periods
- Vaginal dryness
- Day Sweats
- Night sweats
- Sleep problems
- Mood changes
- Weight gain and slowed metabolism
- Thinning hair and dry skin
- Loss of breast fullness.
I work on a one to one with many women going through the pre / menopause and making the lifestyle changes first are the best option before trying other methods as eventually it will help you in the long term.
If you would like to work with me on Fitness / Pilates or Nutrition to help you get your Hormones in check, schedule a free consultation with me.
You do not need to suffer. I look at the whole picture on one to one looking at small changes that make a huge outcome.
If you don’t enjoy exercise, Pilates maybe for you, it’s fantastic for many of the above symptoms.