Middle Sizzle: How to Get Your Mojo Back on Track!

Maryon StewartBlog, Menopause, Perimenopause, Postmenopause

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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

Sabrina Successfully Gets Her Sexy Back

Maryon StewartBlog, Menopause, Menopause Symptoms, Perimenopause

In a series of surveys of thousands of women my team and I conducted over the past year, we established that 79% report experiencing difficulty having an orgasm and over two-thirds of the women were suffering with vaginal dryness. No surprising that sex isn’t in the forefront of their minds, as it often really hurts. I have worked with thousands of women who suffer from vaginal dryness over the years, most of whom were unable to have sexual intercourse any longer with their partners when we first met and I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way, instead we can put comfortable sex back on the menu. Why is it that then that so many women suffer in silence and have no clue that they can rejuvenate their tissues naturally, getting back to feeling switched on below the waist. Let’s look at what’s going on … 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

Feeling Moody At Menopause

Maryon StewartBlog, Menopause

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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

What’s the best first thing to do when you’re facing menopause?

Maryon StewartBlog, Menopause, Menopause Symptoms, Perimenopause

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In my opinion, there’s so much conflicting information available about HRT, hot flushes, night sweats, sleep difficulties, irregular periods, vaginal dryness, fatigue, and everything else related to menopause – and for us women going through it, it can all be a little overwhelming and confusing. There are 5 tried and tested ways to help you manage your menopause better. And these are the things you need to do first! Stay informed about the latest innovations and technology for treating menopause symptoms. Learn tips and tricks on keeping your own symptoms at bay.

The 4 different stages of menopause and how to tell when you are at which stage

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I’m often asked… ‘What are the different stages of menopause’ and ‘How do I know what stage of menopause I am at’? POSTMENOPAUSE: You postmenopausal years are all of those years after the menopause.  During this stage, menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes, can ease for many women. However, as a result of a lower level of oestrogen, postmenopausal women are at increased risk for a number of health conditions, such as osteoporosis and heart disease. The experience of menopause is different for every woman, based on how her body uniquely adapts to her process of ageing. It’s important to remember that you’re not suddenly going to wake up one day and be symptom-free because you’ve got lots of things to address in your body like low levels of nutrients low levels of oestrogen and so on. So you need to learn how to meet your needs because there are … Read More

Life After Menopause: What Happens Next?

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I’m often asked… ‘When does menopause end? and ‘How long does it last?’ So today I wanted to focus on what happens after menopause because as you go through menopause most people don’t even know when they’ve come out the end of it. So let’s straighten out the facts. The perimenopause is the five years before the time of the menopause. The average age of menopause is 51 and you will be surprised to hear that menopause is really only one day. In fact menopause is the anniversary of one year since you last had a period…. the next day you’re postmenopausal. However, women may experience symptoms for up to 10 years before this day. I had a patient last week who came to me and said that she was 74 years old and still having her menopause symptoms, and was that normal? It’s certainly not abnormal. If you would … 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

A whole new beginning at menopause (or Cruise through menopause)

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With science-based education for women on my mind, this summer I developed, and launched, a 6-week Cruising Through the Menopause Boot Camp.  The goal was to provide women with the tools from the Natural Health Advisory Service Programme to devise a tailor-made version for themselves to help manage their perimenopause and the often depressing and debilitating symptoms of the menopause.  The degree of positive change after just six weeks is heart-warming as many women report feeling much more like their old selves and no longer scared or plagued by severe symptoms. A poll of menopause women in my Facebook Group Natural Menopause – Making the Midlife Switch revealed that many women at perimenopause and menopause are feeling confused and overwhelmed by their symptoms; unsure about how to deal with them and not even certain that they can.  They often feel distraught, depressed and desperate at this life stage, clinging on … Read More

Help, I’m having hot flushes at 42! Am I menopausal?

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‘I’m only 42 and my PMS is getting worse, and i’m starting to get hot flushes. Could this be the beginning of the menopause?’ I hear this question so often and you’d be surprised to hear that research shows many more women are going through an early menopause these days than ever before. So do hot flushes at 42 mean menopause? Usually, the answer will be yes, but there are other conditions that could cause them. If you’re worried about the changes in your body and you think there could be a problem, do go and visit your local GP. Help, I’m having hot flushes at 42! Am I menopausal? However, if you are also experiencing anxiety,  aches and pains, difficulty in sleeping at night, and you’re feeling that your PMS is stretched out to more days than usual, then you might be going through perimenopause, which is the five … Read More