The Menopause, often referred to as "The Change of Life". The root of the word Menopause can be traced back to the ancient Greeks, where "Men" referred to month and was connected to the moon and "pauein" meaning to cease or stop, in short, the Menopause means "the ceasing of the monthly cycle".
The Peri - Menopause
can be defined as the time leading up to the Menopause where we experience some but not all symptoms of the Menopause, and we still get a period whereas the Menopause can be defined as a time where no period has occurred for the past twelve months. The physical and hormonal symptoms that occur in the peri - menopause are:
- Changes in your period (heavier, lighter, irregular), hot flushes, night sweats, changes in mood, fatigue, poor sleep, brain fog, loss of sexual desire, joint pains and muscle aches, hair and skin changes, vaginal and urinary tract issues.
- Hormonal changes are triggered by your ovaries slowing down and significant fluctuations in the hormone levels: of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone occur and start to drop.
- You can be in Perimenopause for up to ten years before entering the Menopause.
- It most commonly occurs in women in their forties but conditions such as Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) can bring it about earlier.