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Menopause Unleashed: Riding on the Hormonal Symptoms Roller Coaster with Style

“Life doesn't end with menopause; it's the beginning of a new adventure. Strap in and enjoy the ride!”- Helen Mirren, actor


Menopause Symptoms, it can be a wild ride!

It’s time for menopause to take a step back and for you to be centre stage! Menopause is a natural phase in a woman's life when hormones can get a bit wild. But guess what? We're here to help you ride that roller coaster with a lighter, laid-back approach. Let's dive into the role of oestrogen during this adventure!


As you approach menopause, your hormones start doing their own funky dance. Oestrogen and progesterone, those two rockstars synthesised in your ovaries, have kept things interesting throughout your reproductive journey. They've been in charge of regulating your menstrual cycle and even played a part for some of us with pregnancy. But now, it's time for some changes!


During the early phase of menopausal transition, aka perimenopause, oestrogen likes to show off with its unpredictable surges. Yep, you heard that right! It's not just about dwindling levels but also unexpected spikes. Talk about keeping you on your toes!


These hormone fluctuations directly mess with your menstrual cycle. Oestrogen, the party starter, prepares your uterus for a potential pregnancy. But with its inconsistent production, things can get a little topsy-turvy. You might experience heavy bleeding or, on the flip side, super light periods. And let's remember ovulation, which becomes as unpredictable as the weather forecast. It's like your ovaries are having a game of hide-and-seek with those mature eggs!


As you move closer to the end of perimenopause, oestrogen decides to take a breather. It starts to decline, and that's when the quintessential menopausal symptoms kick in. Hello, hot flushes and night sweats! Blame it on oestrogen, which is messing with the thermostat in your brain, making it hypersensitive and causing sudden temperature shifts, called the hypothalamus. It's like your body is having its own private fiesta!


But wait, there's more! Reduced oestrogen also affects other parts of your body. Your skin and vaginal tissues might feel a bit drier and less elastic. Don't worry, and it's not just you—reduced collagen production due to waning oestrogen levels can accelerate skin aging. And let's not forget about your bones. Oestrogen plays a role in bone turnover, so bone loss becomes a concern. Time to watch out for osteoporosis and fractures!


Even your cardiovascular system joins the party. Oestrogen, the heart protector, decides to take a back seat during menopause, which can increase the risk of atherosclerosis. It's like your heart and blood vessels are saying, "Hey, where's our VIP pass?"


But remember, it's not just about hormones. Your genetics, lifestyle habits and overall health also shape your menopausal journey. So, let's take a lighter, laid-back approach to this wild ride.


To nurture yourself during menopause, try incorporating whole plant-based foods into your lifestyle. Think flaxseeds, soy, peaches, garlic, sesame seeds, nuts, and those fabulous cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. They're like little superheroes called phytoestrogens, giving you a boost of dietary oestrogen. They can mimic or enhance your natural hormones, making you feel like a boss during all stages of menopause and beyond.


Understanding the role of oestrogen empowers you to embrace this hormonal roller coaster with a smile. So, grab your sunglasses, turn up the music, and enjoy the ride. You've got this! If you need more support, just click on the link below and we can start a journey together to help you through this time.

 

Note: The information provided in this blog is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with a qualified healthcare professional before making any dietary changes.



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