Menopause Health Matters

Welcome to Menopause Health Matters

Menopause Health Matters (MHM) is an independent health and wellness website and blog. Helping women to be their own health advocate by providing answers and references to assist in making informed choices about lifestyle changes and treatments and how these can impact their transition through the stages of perimenopause through to postmenopause. Reaching menopause does not have to have a negative impact and can be a time for positive change.  In China menopause is known as the ‘Second Spring’. A time when women find a new and more confident voice, a new beginning!

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Balance Your Hormones Naturally

This is a guest post on behalf of Natural Health International by Jan Roberts, Pharmacist, Clinical Nutritionist and Best Selling Author. Looking for something to balance your hormones naturally, instead of introducing them artificially into your body? I’ve found the solution!   Natural solutions are definitely my preference. Unfortunately, when it comes to menopause, most of the natural solutions only help manage hot flashes and night sweats. But what about the mood swings, weight gain, the dryness that affects your sex life, the tossing and turning at night and the constant exhaustion? Sure, there are natural alternatives that might help with each of those problems, but if you’re like me, you have no desire to take six or more products that may or may not work. What’s more, while many supplements may improve symptoms, they’re not addressing the root cause of the issues that affect women around and after menopause – hormone imbalance. In the past, doctors prescribed hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and many of your symptoms would improve. But that was before research showed the potential dangers associated with introducing artificial hormones into your body. But even then, many of your menopause symptoms weren’t only due to loss of hormones, they were due to imbalances between all of your hormones and adding one or two via HRT never fixed all your problems. So I did some research on natural solutions that balance all of your hormones. Did you know that to date there has only been one published clinical trial of a product demonstrating statistically significant effects on hormones in peri and post-menopausal women? That was the product...

Rediscover Your Desire Naturally

For many years a woman’s sexual life was taken for granted. Women’s magazines described in detail how to achieve new heights of pleasure, how to be the perfect lover and, more importantly, how all this was really up to women themselves. Considering that not many women like to share details of their sex life with friends, there was little opportunity to question whether these expectations were unachievable and the many women falling short of these standards felt quietly inadequate for years. Sexual satisfaction is the result of many different factors, including psychological ones and the quality of the relationship. Stress can be a major passion killer for both men and women and libido is too often a casualty of too many worries and juggling numerous commitments. The increased use of antidepressants and the contraceptive pill can also negatively affect desire and interest in sex. A time that sees many women losing interest in sex is the menopause. Some women find that their libido seems to dissipate overnight. In some cases it comes back a few months, for some women it never seems quite to get back to the way it used to be, although some women find that, rather than leading to sexual activity, desire seems to grow once they engage in sex. A survey about desire run by Pharma Nord [1] highlights that libido and sexual enjoyment are a problem for a significant amount of women. Nearly 58% of women who took part in the survey revealed that they rarely felt desire and over half felt very dissatisfied with their sex life as a whole. Not surprisingly, half...

Omega 7 SBA24 for the Relief of Dryness during and after Menopause

This is a guest post by Pharma Nord manufacturer and supplier of pharmaceutical grade dietary supplements. One of Pharma Nord’s products is Omega 7 SBA24, a supplement which helps to relieve symptoms of dryness during menopause including intimate dryness, dry eyes, dry mouth and dry skin. Unfortunately, symptoms of dryness can stay with you into postmenopause.   You have reached menopause when you have not had a period for a full 12 months following which you are postmenopausal. The time leading up to this is perimenopause. Many women are familiar with hot flushes and night sweats, a constant sense of tiredness and mood swings but loss of oestrogen also brings on a series of symptoms associated with dryness of mucous membranes in general. Intimate Dryness Intimate dryness is a condition which affects around 50% of all women and inevitably leads to painful sex which can have a detrimental effect on relationships and a woman’s confidence and sexual response. Prior to perimenopause, your body naturally lubricates the vaginal walls with a thin layer of moisture but as your oestrogen levels decline your vaginal walls become thinner, dryer and less elastic. Dry Eyes Dry eyes occur due to declining hormone levels which can affect the ocular tissues and tear composition made by your eyes. Symptoms of dry eyes include: dry/watery/streaming/sandy/burning and gritty eyes. These symptoms can be compounded by prolonged use of computers or hand-held devices (tablets, smart phones etc.) environmental conditions, certain medications and extensive use of contact lenses. Although it is important to visit your optometrist or optician to assess the condition, eye drops are typically recommended with various...

How not to be a hostage to your hormones

Our resident nutritionist, Charlotte Debeugney, discusses how not to be a hostage to your hormones. Hands up if you’ve ever woken up knowing that it’s going to be ‘one of those days’! A morning where you feel like an “anti super woman”- no energy, no motivation and an overwhelming fatigue. It’s on those kinds of days that it takes me 30 minutes to park my car, that I am far more likely to burn or cut myself while cooking and I can almost guarantee that I am going to be late for everything, with my blood pressure going off the scale while I’m stuck in traffic. The tension builds throughout the day as I try to get through everything I need to do with a maximum pressure point at the beginning of the evening where I screech like a demented hyena at my children and husband and the world in general! Yup, we’ve all been there! Does this get worse with age and the menopause? Fluctuating hormones definitely play a role, with lower oestrogen levels as the menopause approaches contributing to tiredness, irritability and difficulty in concentrating. When you throw this into the mix of relationships, children and work, it’s not surprising that we have moments when we struggle. One of the lovely things about aging, is that you become your own best friend. Over the years, I’ve learnt to be very attuned to my moods. My younger self would have insisted on carrying on regardless, getting angrier and more frustrated as the day goes on. My older self, assesses and adapts the day to minimise the stress and...

In November 2016, The Faculty of Occupational Medicine of The Royal College of Physicians UK, issued Guidance on Menopause and the Workplace. You can download the pdf here.

In November 2015, NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) UK, issued the first guideline on diagnosis and management. You can find the guideline for professionals and a simplified version for women patients here.

Menopause is simply the natural evidence of the maturing feminine body, something that has been treated as an unnecessary taboo in our culture. It’s not a secret that growing older holds a lot of social, psychological and physiological weight for some women. Thankfully, due to the number of emerging female voices and influences, the collective attitude is becoming more positive and empowering.

Page Last Updated on March 10, 2018