Blogger Emily is here today to talk about a subject that all of us as women will eventually go through. Menopause. It's a subject that not a lot of people talk about but Emily has faced it head on and hit us with the facts. Take it away Emily!
SIGNS OF PERIMENOPAUSE AND WHAT MOM NEVER TOLD YOU
Last week I discussed Perimenopause (you can read it here if you haven’t yet) and some of the affects that Mom never told you about. This week we will Menopause (Stage 2).
I first wanted to tell you that I’ve been challenged to work out for 100 days. Of course I did a little research and what I learned is that, even though you should weigh yourself to have a starting point, the scale should not be your main source of measurement. You should be measuring in inches. And remember to discuss your weight issues with you physician before doing any workout.
ESPECIALLY if you are Perimenopausal or Menopausal. As you progress your weight will fluctuate. According to Bodylogic.com hormones and weight gain go hand in hand. So, menopause weight gain is actually hormone weight gain. So don’t trust it.
During Perimenopause you will still get your period and we all know that bloating is part of it. So during those days you might see a rise in your weight. Even if it’s just a half a pound.
Ok, so now that that is out let’s discuss Menopause. I am getting most of my information from webmd.com and other sources, including my doctor. I’m simply sharing what I’m learning so that you do not feel alone. (In the beginning I knew I wasn’t alone but felt I didn’t have anyone to talk to, then I remembered I’m a blogger ha-ha)
The term “menopause” is commonly used to describe any of the changes a woman experiences either just before or after she stops menstruating, marking the end of her reproductive period. Hence the term “the change of life” A woman is born with a predetermined number of eggs, which are stored in the ovaries. The ovaries also make the hormones estrogen and progesterone, which (of course) control menstruation and ovulation. Menopause happens when the ovaries don’t release an egg every month and menstruation stops. The symptoms are still pretty much the same. But now you are at risk for heart disease, ovarian cancer, bone loss and breast cancer. This is where eating properly, exercising and taking time to just pamper yourself comes in to work. Take the time to look for groups, speak to your partner, and find what relaxes you. And remember you are not in this alone. Share this with a friend and discuss what questions you will your doctor at your next visit. I know I will.