Menopause early!

by Nicola Pilon and Susan Lintott

Through clinical and personal experience we encounter more and more women under 45 suffering the signs and symptoms of menopause. When signs and symptoms present beside hormonal dysfunction before the age of 40, this is termed premature ovarian failure, and will be investigated further.

But if you are over 40 it will be considered the beginning of peri/menopause. Some of the presenting signs and symptoms associated with peri/menopause:

  • irregular menstrual cycles with lengthy durations between cycles, or cessation longer than 12 months
  • headaches
  • low/no sex drive 
  • low energy, foggy head
  • weight gain, hair loss, infertility
  • hot flushes
  • irritability
  • feelings of being overwhelmed and emotional and/or anxiety

Some women will have a familial history of early onset menopause, but some other potential causes should be considered with premature hormonal dysfunction:

  • high physical and mental stress loads
  • excessive exercise, adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism
  • exposure to environmental hormone disruptors contained in plastics, foods, cosmetics
  • diet and lifestyle factors: poor diet choices, high refined foods, excessive smoking and drinking of alcohol

In addressing some of the factors to premature menopause, we also need to acknowledge that women are now being exposed to health conditions at an earlier age, rather than being protected by optimal hormones well into their 50s.

With the onset of menopause women can suffer cardiovascular conditions as well as loss of bone density, leading to osteoporosis. 

If you have identified with the above or know someone who is experiencing early menopause signs and symptoms, contact us today and book an appointment. We can help you address the underlying causes, support and manage your symptoms and initiate long-term risk prevention.

Book an appointment today and receive the right advice for your body. 

Phone: Nicola Pilon 0433048430 or Susan Lintott 0401764050.

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