This week’s weekly wisdom is all about Perimenopause. ‘Peri’ means around the time of, and perimenopause can begin about five years before the actual menopause.
According to our latest survey over two-thirds of women feel completely unprepared for menopause. They are often completely confused and alarmed by the sudden onset of a variety of symptoms leaving them feeling like a shadow of their former selves and totally clueless.
Despite all the changes you may be experiencing, it is important to keep things in perspective. The menopause need not be the end of life as you once knew it, but rather the beginning of a new phase that can be just as exciting and rewarding as your earlier years.
Take a look at Fiona’s story, which I think will resonate a lot of women who are going through or approaching perimenopause:
Fiona began her perimenopause at 37, but it was misdiagnosed for many years. “I started to lose myself at the age of 37. For the last 10 years I have felt progressively worse before I realised it was due to the menopause. My memory went blank and I couldn’t sleep. I had terrible aches and pains and body stiffness. I suffered palpitations, sometimes up to five in an hour, and the heat permeating from my body made me feel unattractive and claustrophobic. My periods suddenly became a major disruption on my life and I felt anxious and irritable most of the time. My confidence was very low, and I felt confused and afraid when my mind failed me, as it did on many occasions, plus I had severe constipation and bloating”.
At the age of 47 Fiona eventually found out how to get her body back into balance naturally. “I enrolled on Maryon Stewart’s 6-week Boot Camp in June, made the changes she suggested to my diet and lifestyle and took some of her recommended supplements. I now feel like a different person. I feel like me again. I sleep. I wake up feeling refreshed. I can think. I’m clear headed and no longer have brain fog. I am able to work, and I’m even managing a house move now which I couldn’t have even thought about before. I no longer have bloating or constipation and am in the process of weaning off HRT which gave me headaches, non-stop bleeding and made me put on masses of weight”.
To find out more about the different stage of menopause, watch the video below: