Sadly, we don’t talk about menopause enough. At least not with our family friends. For those who go through menopause early, it can even feel embarrassing to admit. The truth is, it eventually happens to every single woman, so there really is no need to feel embarrassed. We go through perimenopause in the years leading up to menopause, so even if you’re the first of your friends to become fully menopausal, it’s likely similarly aged woman are in perimenopause too.
Perimenopause can last start 4-8 years before you are officially classed as menopausal. During this time your body starts to reduce its production of oestrogen and progesterone. Some lucky women hardly notice perimenopause, for others, it can be an uncomfortable transition period. Surprisingly, a high number of women don’t realise that what they’re going through is perimenopause. Even if your periods are still regular, your body could be entering the early stages of perimenopause.
Many women assume turning 50 means it’s the year of menopause. In reality, it ranges quite a bit between the early to mid-forties and the late 50s. More commonly it does occur in the early 50s but everyone is different.
How long does menopause last? This is a common question we get asked here at LaBalance. Again, it’s not a solid answer, although two to five years is the most common timeframe.
Even after menopause has ended it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Unfortunately, although many symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats will have subsided, you are at greater risk of the following:
- Heart disease
- Thinning Hair
- Vaginal Dryness
- Dry Skin
To tackle the health concerns on that list, mainly heart disease and osteoporosis it’s time to start taking much better care of your health (if you aren’t already). Try to lower your fat and salt intake to reduce the risk of heart attack. Cholesterol levels should be checked regularly by a doctor so you can take the necessary steps to reduce it if it starts to climb too high. You should also have your bone density monitored, through check-ups every couple of years. Postmenopausal women are at a far greater risk of bone loss due to the lack of oestrogen. Up your calcium intake to help maintain good bone health and speak to a doctor if you have any concerns.
For other problems such as thinning hair, dry skin and vaginal dryness, simply keep wearing your LaBalance. We’re pleased to tell you that even after menopause many women still benefit from the rebalancing effects of the LaBalance device, reporting an improvement in their hair and skin tone. Your ANS (autonomic nervous system) can still be unbalanced postmenopause, so LaBalance helps maintain this balance just as it did before. Read more about