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    7 Surprises about Menopause

    Today’s topic Today on A.Vogel Talks Menopause, I’m going to be talking about 7 less well-known menopause facts that you need to know. One of the things we’ve found over the years is that there are surprising symptoms and things that happen in the menopause that, very often, take women by surprise. And I know there were several things that happened to me, and I didn’t realise it was the menopause until I actually started looking into everything. So, I thought I would go through some of the things that have cropped up over the years that a lot of women might be struggling with. 1. The menopause can start earlier…

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    Making Menopause A Positive Experience.

    I love the message in this article from The North American Menopause Society. I am a great believer that protecting our emotional health protects our physical health. Make Your Menopause a Positive ExperienceHome > For Women > Menopause Flashes > Menopause Symptoms and Treatments > Make Your Menopause a Positive ExperienceIf you’re approaching the age of menopause, you may be unsure, or even a little fearful, of what to expect. The idea of menopause has long held negative connotations in our society, largely tied to stigmas of aging, but the transition to menopause can be a time of reflection and inspiration. It’s a normal and natural part of a woman’s life, and a period of life that can…

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    Menopause and breathing difficulties

    What are menopause-related breathing difficulties? While it’s unusual for most of us, a small number of women do experience breathing difficulties during the menopause transition. It’s a symptom that can crop up in different forms. Some women feel shorter of breath than they usually would, while others experience reduced exercise tolerance and fatigue. Some may not notice a difference at all until a healthcare professional checks their lung function. The menopause transition can also impact pre-existing lung diseases, such as asthma or chronic obstructive airway disease, which may worsen What causes breathing difficulties in the menopause? Doctors still don’t completely understand why breathing difficulties happen during the menopause. A drop…

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    What causes bloating during menopause?  

    Menopause bloat happens. Gas during perimenopause and menopause is common, uncomfortable, and embarrassing.  Most women report it as a feeling of tightness or fullness in the abdomen, sometimes painful, always uncomfortable. Some women have it only occasionally or with certain foods or different points in their cycle. Others will have it daily, starting the morning with a flat stomach that gets progressively more bloated throughout the day.  Menopause bloat generally has two causes: excess air or excess water and sometimes both at once. Women may experience an uptick in burping and flatulence. That extra air in your stomach and gastrointestinal tract is either swallowed or created by the fermentation of…

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    When to take a pregnancy test during menopause

    Many symptoms of menopause are similar to those of pregnancy. If you get pregnant, you won’t have a period, but you may experience some light spotting that could be mistaken for a period. You could experience other symptoms like mood swings, problems sleeping, fatigue and headaches, which can also happen in the perimenopause and menopause. When you are pregnant you may also feel sick or vomit (especially in the morning), pee more often and have tender breasts. And in perimenopause and menopause it’s also common to report bladder changes (incontinence and peeing more at night). If you’re sexually active and experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to do a pregnancy test. This can be done at home or by…

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    Using contraception during menopause

    Using hormonal contraception does not affect when you start the perimenopause or how long it may last, but it can hide some of the signs and symptoms because it can affect your hormone levels. The combined contraceptive pill, patch and contraceptive vaginal ring can be taken if you are over the age of 40 years as long as you have no medical problems, are a healthy weight and you don’t smoke. Your doctor can work out which is the best type for you as some are safer than others. However, you should switch to another form of contraception when you reach 50. The progesterone-only pill (the ‘mini-pill’) can be continued until…

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    Can you get pregnant during menopause?

    Yes, even if you’re not having periods. Fertility naturally declines with age, meaning you’re less likely to become pregnant the older you get. Even so, until you’re sure that you’ve gone through menopause, it’s very important to continue to use birth control if you’re sexually active and don’t want to get pregnant. If you’re under 50 years old, reliable contraception should be used until you haven’t had any periods for 2 years. If you’re over 50 years old, you should use contraception until it’s been at least 12 months since your last period. Generally, 55 is thought to be the cut-off age for needing contraception, even if you’re still having periods. After this time, you will…

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    Seed Cycling for Hormone Balance

    Have you heard of seed cycling? This hormone supporting practice is one of the top trending wellness practices, and for good reason. More and more women are struggling with hormone imbalances. Women’s hormones are a complex system that functions in a delicate balance. However, these hormones are greatly influenced by your diet, exercise, sleep, stress levels, and environmental toxins. This means that any of these factors can throw your hormones out of that delicate balance. In turn, a slight hormone imbalance can become the underlying issue for a number of health concerns, including irregular periods, acne, PCOS, thyroid disorders, and chronic fatigue. Seed cycling is one of the easiest ways…

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    Osteoporosis and Menopause

      Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones, increasing the risk of sudden and unexpected fractures. Literally meaning “porous bone,” osteoporosis results in an increased loss of bone mass and strength. The disease often progresses without any symptoms or pain. Many times, osteoporosis is not discovered until weakened bones cause painful fractures usually in the back or hips. Unfortunately, once you have a broken bone due to osteoporosis, you are at high risk of having another. And these fractures can be debilitating. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help prevent osteoporosis from ever occurring. And treatments can slow the rate of bone loss if you already have osteoporosis. What Causes Osteoporosis? Though we do not know the exact cause of…

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    Is Dizziness a Symptom of Menopause

    Dizziness is one of those symptoms of menopause which isn’t really talked about or linked to Menopause, although it is quite common. In fact I spent two years going back and fourth to my GP with the most awful dizzy spells and not getting any answers. It was only when I started working towards my qualification in Menopause that dizziness was highlighted as a symptom. Interestingly research has not come up with a link to menopause, it may be as a result of other symptoms or just the aging process. The Research did link certain changes linked with the menopause to dizziness Blood sugar Hormones play an important role in…