Resources to support you every step of your menopause journey.
It’s one of the greatest workplace issues that many have never heard of, and even less are willing to talk about: menopause. When almost 4,000 women were surveyed in the UK, a massive 99% said their menopause symptoms had negatively impacted their careers, and 59% said symptoms had forced them to take time off.
As anyone who has had their day stopped short by a hot flash (or five) knows, these are one of the most frustrating symptoms of menopause. Most hot flashes last between 30 seconds and 10 minutes, and while many women experience them a handful of times a day, others can have them almost hourly.
If you have had a hysterectomy and are experiencing hot flashes, know that you are not alone. Over 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year in the U.S., and while hot flash symptoms after your surgery may be intense and frustrating, there are management tools available to help.
Once upon a time, there were three women⸺the maiden, the mother, and the crone. The maiden was pure and idolized for her beauty and youth. The mother was caring but firm, often a background character that kept the show running while all the real action happened. And then there was the crone⸺an hag-like woman, postmenopausal, and nasty to her core. While the maiden would eat the apple and the mother would cook the apple, the crone was more likely to curse the apple.
The menopause club is a big one. Millions of women, all around the world are experiencing menopause, or perimenopause, every single day. And while your experiences can be deeply personal and as unique as you are, there is research that suggests that your culture, and where you live, may affect your menopause experiences.
Natural remedies for hot flashes promise relief that comes straight from nature⸺an appealing idea for anyone looking for an alternative to hormone replacement therapy.
One of the most effective hot flash management tools available is literally all in your head. Hypnotherapy, while not widely understood by many people, can help regulate hot flashes by managing how temperatures are perceived and regulated in the brain.
Menopause supplements are big business. Each year around 64% of women in the US use supplements to improve their well-being, sleep better, strengthen bones and reduce hot flashes (among other things). As a treatment for menopause symptoms, they seem like a no-brainer⸺they're natural, easy to find in any drug store, supermarket or health shop, and seem to be a no-risk option. But are they too good to be true?
Chances are that if you’ve Googled hot flash, or chatted to friends about menopause, you’ve found a lot of confusing, contradictory, and downright strange information. You might even have found some very convincing misinformation⸺it can be really hard to tell!
There seem to be as many opinions about menopause treatment as there are stars in the sky. But it’s not really the opinion that matters, it’s the science. To help you navigate your way, let’s look at how effective the most common treatments really are.
Hot flashes. You know that feeling; you’re either in the middle of an important meeting, or cooking dinner, or perhaps you’re fast asleep, when suddenly, a rush of heat starts to spread through your body. You find yourself sweating, your skin flushed and red, and your heart racing.
Are night sweats causing you to wake up during the night, with your clothes and sheets wet with perspiration? Night sweats in women are one of the most common symptoms of menopause, affecting up to four out of five menopausal women.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a common treatment for difficult menopause symptoms. If you’re suffering from some of the more uncomfortable side effects of menopause, like hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia, you may wish to select from a range of natural treatment options to keep symptoms at bay. However, if your symptoms are severely impacting your daily life, you may want to speak to your doctor about the benefits and risks of HRT or look into another alternative treatment, like menopause hypnotherapy. Estrogen and progesterone deficiency during menopause causes various changes in the body. Let’s discuss what you can expect when entering menopause and whether it might be time to bring up HRT with your doctor.
What is menopause and when will it start? While some people call the time leading up to their last period ‘menopause’, menopause is actually when your period stops permanently. The process of menopause usually starts when a woman is around 45 years old and is a natural part of aging whereby the ovaries slowly stop producing hormones, such as estrogen.