Today we’re talking about the Menopause. Whilst there’s still a stigma attached around the subject, Menopause is becoming more mainstream (it’s about time too!).
Based on today’s population stats, 3 billion women will go through Menopause. It’s definitely a subject that we empathise with more than men (they just don’t get how our hormones work!).
In the hope that a man might stumble across this post; as well as raising awareness for Menopause, we hope to educate and teach our community more about this important life change. It’s not all bad news! Hot flushes aside, it can be a very liberating time for many women.
It must be my hormones!
Menopause can take over our lives (and affect those of our nearest and dearest too).
We might find ourselves saying “It must be my hormones” several times a week when we’re absolutely sweltering from a hot flush, or feeling wide awake all night long.
The good news is that you’re not alone. So many have a hard time getting through this period of their lives and at Reverse Life we empathise and what’s more, we’re here to help.
What is Menopause?
Do you remember the dreaded teen years when we all went through puberty? Well, Menopause is like puberty’s bigger, badder sister!
The Menopause is a completely natural part to ageing, and usually occurs to women between the ages of 45-55. It’s caused by a change in the balance of the body’s sex hormones and happens when our ovaries stop producing as much of the hormone oestrogen.
Our bodies stop releasing an egg each month which explains why our periods change/stop. Some women experience perimenopause and endure symptoms at the most 10 years before Menopause.
Signs you’re going through the Menopause
Each woman will have their own individual and unique journey during menopause which can make it a little tricky to navigate. Here are some classic symptoms that you might experience:
- Changes to your period
- Hot flushes and night sweats
- Bad quality of sleep
- Reduced libido
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
- Vaginal dryness or soreness and recurring UTIs/cystitis
- Foggy memory and lack of concentration
- Breast tenderness
- Changes to your hair and skin
- Joint and muscle pain
Around 8 out of 10 women will experience symptoms, and 25% of these unfortunately will experience severe symptoms.
If you’re worried about changes to your hair and skin and in particular how to tone and tighten sagging skin then you’ll enjoy this BLOG on the subject.
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How to adjust to the transition
Menopause can make us feel completely MEH! When our hormones are out of whack sometimes you can’t even put your finger on how you’re feeling, you just know you’re not feeling quite right. But there are definitely ways to help with the transition, and also help with your menopausal symptoms.
From keeping a mini fan next to you or in your purse to running your wrists under cold water, or slipping cooling gel pads under your pillows, there’s ways to help deal with your hot flushes and night sweats.
Menopause doesn’t just cause physical symptoms, it can also affect your mental wellbeing. The change can be overwhelming for those who are struggling with the symptoms, and the mood swings and lack of sleep can mentally make us feel rather down.
Make good use of mindfulness and practice yoga/meditation to relax the mind. This is good to do first thing in the morning and before you go to bed. Talk to your family and friends, particularly those who are going through the same thing (sharing your experiences can make you feel a whole lot better!)
Your diet can really help you out here. We suggest getting plenty of calcium and Vitamin D and B, iron and omega 3 in your meals. Carbohydrate rich snacks, eggs and almonds provide excellent nutritional support!
If you’re really struggling with Menopause your doctor can help with hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and you may be given tablets, skin patches, gels and implants that relieve menopausal symptoms by replacing oestrogen
How can collagen help with the menopause
Collagen is an excellent supplement to take for Menopause. From our mid-20s we begin to lose 1% of our collagen every year. This is what causes our skin to lack hydration and allows it to become thin and wrinkly.
During the first five years of Menopause women lose 30% of their collagen meaning that our skin becomes even drier and thin.
Taking a collagen supplement can help our skin to become plumper, brighter and also reduce our fine lines and wrinkles. It’s good to go for one that has Hyaluronic acid in it to improve your skin hydration and so you can get that lovely glow!
As well as seeing skin benefits, collagen can help to rejuvenate your hair, strengthen your nails, relieve joint pain and improve gut health.
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6 ways collagen helps menopause:
- Dull Skin - Vitamin C & collagen improves skin radiance
- Hair Loss - Biotin & collagen helps reverse thinning hair
- Brittle Nails - Biotin & collagen strengthens nails
- Aching Bones - Vitamin D & collagen decreases joint inflammation
- Skin Ageing - Hyaluronic acid & collagen plumps the skin and reduces wrinkles
- Weight Gain - Protein & collagen stabilises metabolism and helps support healthy weight
Our community’s menopause journey with Reverse Life
Just take a look at some of the feedback we’ve received from women loving the benefits of our NHS approved Reverse Life collagen supplement to help ease their menopausal symptoms.
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