On Valentine’s Day… For some of us instead of visions of kisses, cuddles and hugs, we find ourselves cringing at the thought of just being touched. Does that sound familiar? In my recent survey on Women’s Attitudes at Menopause, a large portion of the women sampled were not even talking to their best friend about what’s going on below the waist. More than half of the women complained of vaginal dryness and half stated that they were unable to achieve an orgasim during sexual intercourse. Those who engaged in sex often found it uncomfortable and at times painful only making the effort to please their partner aka “mercy sex”. If this sounds like your situation, the good news is that you can take action to get your mojo back on track. Did you know that having sex regularly helps clear your brain, keeps your metabolic rate up – burning calories … Read More
What are nutritional deficiencies and why do they occur? At the Women’s Nutritional Advisory Service we undertook 5 studies looking at nutrient levels in women, focussing on how they affected our hormone function. We were stunned to find that between 50 – 80% of women had low levels of key nutrients, necessary for both normal brain chemistry and hormone function. There’s been much more research in the last few years showing that billions of women have nutritional deficiencies so is it any wonder that women are experiencing hormone problems as they make the transition through menopause. Perhaps because we often naturally put the needs of others before our own, many of us don’t make time to eat well or look after ourselves properly. Low levels of important nutrients at midlife could be the underlying cause of many of your debilitating symptoms. Some patients get misdiagnosed with mental illness or dementia … Read More
During the menopause, we experience many changes, and one of the biggest differences we notice are overwhelming mood swings. According to a recent survey 90% percent of women suffer with mood swings as they go through menopause. Women who experienced mood swings premenstrually, are likely to feel like they have PMS all the time as they approach menopause. Mood swings can make us argumentative, depressed and anxious, and they can happen at the drop of a hat. For many, these changes are terrifying, even embarrassing, making us say things we later regret, damaging our relationships. Despite the fact that menopause is a transition, it doesn’t mean this is how life has to be from here on. A lot of women struggle with mood swings during the menopause, but with the right information, come to understand the underlying causes and learn how to overcome the symptoms, making their good mood a … Read More
My heart goes out to women like Yasmin Le Bon who says that her menopause has left her with a layer of padding all over her body and affected her memory. Women are often taken by surprise, and not in a good way, by the often-debilitating symptoms of menopause. Fat around the middle, brain fog, mood swings, aching to the point of feeling old prematurely, and experiencing uncharacteristic anxiety, as well as the hot flushes and night sweats are hard to live with; but it must be particularly devastating for a woman who was once the highest paid supermodel in the world. There is an overwhelming consensus among many women that menopause signals the end of life as they knew it. Often feeling like an alien has taken possession of their mind and body, as well as feeling switched off below the waist resulting in zero libido. It seems … Read More
Going through menopause you will experience all types of symptoms and I like to break down menopausal symptoms into two categories: Recently, I discussed the physical symptoms of menopause (if you missed it, you can read it here). So as promised, in this week’s ‘Weekly Wisdom’ I’m focusing on the mental symptoms of menopause. Irritability and feelings of sadness are the most common mental symptoms of menopause. Often, they can be managed through lifestyle changes, such as a good diet and learning ways to relax and reduce stress.Here are just a few of the mental symptoms women can experience during the menopause: If you are feeling irritable and sad, there is a good chance it could be related to menopause, however, if you’re worried about how you’re feeling you should go and see your local GP. Tell your doctor how you are feeling, so he or she can rule out … Read More
Keeping Your Cool for the Holidays – Emotions. Tis the season to be jolly but that’s the last thing you feel like. Your hormones are running riot and your moods are swinging up and down like a yo-yo. One moment you feel like laughing the next your eyes are welling up with tears. Stay informed about the latest innovations and technology for treating menopause symptoms. Learn tips and tricks on keeping your own symptoms at bay.
There are times in our life that stop us in our tracks. Experiences that are forever imprinted on our minds. Some of them are due to joyful moments and others because of sad and tragic times. Today was one of those days for me and I wanted to share it with you in the hope that you will feel inspired. I’ve had bereaved families in Manchester on my mind this week, especially as I lost my youngest daughter tragically and unexpectedly. I know only too well the devastation and shock those parents are experiencing and the fact that their recent experience will change the course of their lives. It takes longer than forever to come to terms with these needless losses but I came to realise that, as unlikely as it seemed in the beginning, it is possible to still experience joy. When I’m in Florida I love to attend … Read More