MAKING THE MIDLIFE SWITCH: Overcoming Menopause Symptoms Using the Natural Menopause Approach

Maryon StewartBlog, Menopause, Natural Menopause, Perimenopause, Postmenopause

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So many women feel alone and isolated when the dreaded midlife symptoms descend upon them. But that needn’t be the case. Millions of women experience these symptoms everyday in every walk of life, making them one of many ‘sisters’ suffering from the same symptoms simultaneously. By 2020 it is estimated that there will be 1 billion women going through the menopause across the world. Almost three-quarters of menopausal women report symptoms of hot flushes or night sweats and often experience these symptoms for a decade or longer unless they learn how to switch them off. The other day I wrote down on a piece of paper the word S.W.I.T.C.H. Since this is about midlife, I wanted each letter in this word to represent what can happen to you at this time of life. S: Stressed because many people feel stressed about the changes and symptoms they experience during menopause W: … Read More

Wise up at Perimenopause

Maryon StewartBlog, Menopause, Menopause Symptoms

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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 … Read More

5 Common Side Effects Of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

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There are a number of well-documented risks that may be associated with using HRT, so in this week’s Weekly Wisdom I want to talk specifically about 5 common side effects associated with taking HRT. There are a lot of things that you can do to help yourself naturally without taking Hormone Replacement Therapy. I have a programme that’s been running for many, many years, helping women through menopause naturally. I’ve talked a lot about my thoughts about HRT in the past, so if you want to know more about HRT here are some videos that might be helpful: To find out more about what’s really going on in your body at the time of the menopause and how you can overcome symptoms without having to take HRT or any drugs. join me at my next free Master Class. Stay informed about the latest innovations and technology for treating menopause symptoms. … Read More

6 Tips For Headache Relief During Menopause

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This week on the blog I am focusing on a topic that comes up time and time again in my Facebook group and virtualclass, and that’s headaches. Headaches during menopause are very common and can sadly incapacitate the women who experience them. I so commonly get asked for help with this awful symptom, and sometimes women who take Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) find that their migraine headaches get worse. There are lots of things that you can do to help yourself with headaches, And as always, here’s your cheat sheet summary If you haven’t tried any of these tips, give them a go one by one and see what suits you the best. I would love to hear about what works for you, so join my Facebook group and leave a comment. If you would like to find out more about what’s going on in your body as you hit … Read More

The risks of HRT at menopause

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Today I’m going to be focusing on hormone replacement therapy because there’s been so much information in the media recently and I think it’s become a very confusing picture – maybe even more confusing than before. I just wanted to talk a little bit about the research to try and interpret it for you so that you can make a choice about whether you’re going to take HRT or not as you go through this transition known as the menopause. Firstly, many of us will remember the big studies from not that long ago that linked HRT with an increased risk of cancer particularly breast cancer and heart disease, stroke and clotting. As a result, many doctors chose not to prescribe HRT because they were uncertain about the outcomes. Over the years since, the pendulum has swung back more in favour of HRT and a recent study found that if … Read More

Let’s talk positively about menopause on World Menopause Day

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This is in addition to research from The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which found that over 56% of perimenopausal women are getting less than seven hours of sleep a night, and are at high risk of heart attack. What’s more, the changes in hormone levels during menopause said to be a double threat to our hearts, because menopause increases the amount of plaque build-up in the arteries, increasing blood pressure and the risk of a stroke. Meanwhile, 80% of women experience menopausal symptoms, including the physical – hot flushes, insomnia and weight gain, and the psychological and emotional, including mood changes, depression and anxiety. These revelations, coupled with the apparent positive news that HRT won’t kill you and merely increases your chances of getting cancer or having a stroke, is not how we best prepare 14 million women a year for entering what is just a natural phase of … Read More

In The News: HRT Safe Or Not?

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Having been successfully helping women all over the world to overcome their symptoms without having to resort to the use of drugs or hormones for over 25 years, my ears perked up this morning when I read the news that HRT is safely back on the menu. Call me cynical but I always get suspicious when research produces completely different findings to studies on millions of women that were previously published, which is what happened this week.  The new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women who take Hormone Replacement Therapy are at no greater risk of dying from heart disease or cancer than women who don’t take it.  On the surface of it, that would appear great news.  However, Professor Manson, who conducted the study, said that the risks of blood clots, stroke and breast cancer are all known to be increased by … Read More

How To Choose Between Natural Menopause & HRT

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This week’s Weekly Wisdom is all about making choices before, during and after menopause. We read so much conflicting information about menopause and often the experiences that your family and friends have had dictates how you’re going to deal with menopause. Most of us have heard of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). At one point, it was very fashionable to take HRT, and everyone thought they would do that for the rest of their lives. Subsequently however,  there has been a lot of research around the world to show that it wasn’t a great idea, and even worse related to issues like increased breast cancer and heart disease. Then some other researchers say, “Well maybe they had analysed the data wrong, but it’s still very confusing.” What is certain is that even for those women who choose HRT, it’s not a long term solution or treatment. You’ve really got to learn … Read More

Cutting through the confusion of managing your menopause

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Recently, a friend of a friend posted on Facebook that she feels she has been hit by a steamroller as her menopause arrived and that her doctor advised her to take HRT. She was asking her friends for their advice. One of her contacts and a friend of mine recommended that she got in touch with me for some expert advice as I pioneered a scientifically based non-drug approach to menopause, have written several books on the subject, and have been helping women overcome their symptoms for more than 20 years. In fact, over ninety per cent of women on our programme report being symptom-free within five months; I, therefore, felt qualified to offer help. What then followed on Facebook turned out to be incredibly insightful. Following her post, she was inundated with advice from friends who were offering ‘solutions’ and mostly warning her not to take HRT at all … Read More

Muddled messages magnifying menopause mayhem

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Numerous medical publications from around the world containing conflicting findings relating to menopause have entered the public arena this week causing ever increasing confusion about treatment options and long-term health prospects. With muddled messages in the news, it’s understandable that women, as well as their health care providers, are feeling utterly bewildered.   No one seems to be interpreting the science providing clear understanding what the research really means to a woman going through the menopause. The United States Preventive Services Task Force, in their latest draft recommendations, have given HRT a D Notice which means they are voting against the use of HRT as a treatment for women going through the menopause.   Imagine how many other experts are leaping up and down accusing them of misconstruing the research. HRT might be a small term but it certainly is a huge subject surrounded by uncertainty and even fear about long-term health … Read More