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Have you lost your cool?

What is Menopause?

In short, the menopause is when a woman’s body stops producing eggs to be fertilised. The main sign of this happening is the stopping of the monthly menstrual cycle. Medically, a woman is classed as menopausal when they have not had a period for 12 consecutive months. Although, for many there are other signs like feeling a bit hotter, irritable and irregular periods where they may have been regular beforehand.

This phase before actual menopause is known as the Peri-menopause. One of the first signs of peri-menopause is a change in periods, which could become irregular, lighter or heavier (menorrhagia). Some women may begin to feel a little hotter, like the heating has been turned up a degree. For others there may be no noticeable changes. Typically, this can begin when a woman is in her 40’s. Although, there are always exceptions to that rule. Actual menopause is generally speaking around the end of the 40’s, early 50’s, 51 being the average age. Again, there are always women that fall out of that age bracket.

Menopause and its symptoms can be, for a growing number it seems, be very debilitating. For some, the hot flushes, anxiety and other symptoms, last only a few weeks. However, more commonly these symptoms last for years. The longest I have heard of is 10+ years. I think around 3-5years seems to be an average timescale.

Oestrogen and progesterone are the primary sex hormones that women produce. As women get older these hormones decline. Progesterone drops much quicker than oestrogen, causing an imbalance, oestrogen dominance. Dr. John Lee is the original author of oestrogen dominance theory. To find out more you can read his books What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause , or What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Pre-menopause.

You can see clearly how the two balance each other out. One other hormone that females have in low levels is testosterone. This hormone helps to maintain healthy bones, muscles, a feeling of well-being, sex drive, (sperm count and fertility in men).

Signs and Symptoms of Menopause

  • Hot flushes

  • Night Sweats

  • Mood Swings

  • Anxiety

  • Panic Attacks

  • Depression

  • Low or no libido

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Weight gain

Methods of Management

Most commonly menopause is managed with hormone replacement therapy (HRT) of Soya based or oestrogen rich foods known as phyto-oestrogens.

You however may not be able to tolerate HRT or want to take it or may not be able to consume oestrogen rich foods. If you are looking for some relief naturally my Menopause Relief Programme may be suitable for you.

Benefits of the Menopause Relief Programme

  • the ability to turn down the heat and possibly reduce the amount of hot flushes occurring - stopping those rivers of sweat before they start or become a tidal wave washing over your body , leaving you drenched and drained of energy and dignity.

  • learn practical methods of controlling your hot flushes that are easy to use and remember

  • take back control, feel empowered

  • relaxation for the body, mind and spirit

  • no medication involved

  • if you cannot take oestrogen based products or eat oestrogen rich foods this is an alternative method

  • Diane is an Advanced Menopause Relief Programme practitioner and has been through menopause herself

What does the programme include?

  • 4 x 1hr sessions (weekly or fortnightly)

  • Clinic based or online

  • Tried and tested programme - results of a free trail proved to be very positive for 85% of participants with a reduction in frequency and intensity of hot flushes

  • Audio recordings for your specific needs for you to use at home 

If you want to know more about the programme or book in contact me today at

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