Menopause

Are you struggling to cope with peri menopausal or menopausal symptoms?

 

Are you finding it hard to come to terms with menopause emotionally?

Are menopausal symptoms impacting on your relationships?

Would you like to be able to cope better with your menopause?

Are you fearful of hysterectomy?

 

Are you struggling after having a hysterectomy?

Life Coaching can be helpful with all of the above.

Please contact me to book an initial free consultation and to find out more

 

                                                                 

About the menopause

Menopause comes from the Greek word"menos" for "monthly"and "pausis" meaning "ending".

Menopause means - your last period, this occurs around the ages of 45 - 55. In UK the average age for menopause is 51; some however may experience the menopause in their 40's or even earlier. Menopause before the age of 40 is referred to as premature menopause.

Menopause occurs when your ovaries stop producing as much oestrogen and stop releasing eggs.

Surgical menopause occurs when the ovaries are removed (oophorectomy) and this can often take place after a hysterectomy (removal of the womb).

There are a range of commonly recognised menopause symptoms and some of these symptoms may start years before your actual menopause, they can include:

  • Hot flushes

  • Tiredness

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Irritability

​How these and other symptoms are experienced will be different for each woman.

Emotions and the menopause 

Emotions are a normal part of human behaviour and they include states such as sadness, fear, surprise, embarrassment and more. Recognising and coping with difficult emotional responses come naturally to some, others may struggle from time to time or it can be an ongoing process. We are all different.

"There is no greater power in the world than the zest of a post menopausal woman".

Margaret Mead

About the peri menopause

The peri menopause is the period of time before your menopause.  The peri menopause starts in a woman's 40s, but can start in her 30s or even earlier.

 

During the peri menopause you might experience a range of symptoms that can include:

  • Weight gain

  • Irregular periods

  • Night sweats

  • Mood changes

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Sleep problems

​How these symptoms are experienced will be different for each woman. For example, around the age of 45 I began to notice that during the night the back of my neck became very sweaty. I had always suffered from migraines and these would typically occur a few days before my period. From the age of 45 up until my menopause these became progressively worse.

What I found useful before, during and after my menopause was using a combination of different cognitive approaches to keep me calm and positively focused. Finding what works for you during the menopause years is the key. As a coach my aim is to help you do just that.

Read my story on pages 8 & 9 of Rapport Magazine.

 

The menopause and beyond

Menopause is not something we are generally taught about in any great depth at school, years ago it was rarely mentioned and in many societies, even today it can still be perceived as a taboo subject to some degree. Uttering the word menopause often results in conversations that focus on the unpleasant aspects, of what is a natural process and part of a woman's life. 

 

I ask this question: is it more useful to focus on the negative or the positive aspects of what can occur before, during and after menopause? 

Awareness raising 

 

There is currently an active move towards increasing awareness of the impact of the menopause on all aspects of a woman's life, including when in employment. We now have government guidance to help educate and raise awareness of the menopause in the workplace

For more information about the menopause      click here.