Hi, I’m Dr Wendy Sweet, Women’s Healthy Ageing Researcher and MyMT™ Creator & Coach. I still remember the day that I finally realised that I might be going into menopause. Up until then I had no idea that my insomnia, sore joints, weight gain and endless hot flushes were a sign that my body was entering this next phase of life. I felt exhausted and no amount of exercise or eating well was shifting my increasing belly-fat.
So when I went to my GP and she told me my blood pressure and cholesterol were high, [and they had been low all my life), I knew I had to understand better what was going on. At the time, I had begun my doctoral studies into women’s experiences of exercise through their menopause transition, and when my participants told me similar ‘symptom’ stories, I knew I had to untangle menopause. So, I did.
Our menopause transition is the commencement of our biological reproductive ageing. It can happen naturally or be surgically induced (e.g. via a hysterectomy or oophrectomy whereby the ovaries are removed). Your ovaries begin to lose oestrogen receptor cells and also lose the ability to manage progesterone production (the opposite hormone to oestrogen). BUT, and here’s the kicker – we can develop lots of symptom chaos and all sorts of symptoms that we don’t think are to do with menopause (e.g. sore joints, sore muscles, palpitations, frozen shoulder, depression, anxiety and night sweats) because all of the hormonal signals in the body are connected. So, when one hormone is low, e.g. oestrogen, then this impacts on other hormones too.
Hormones are chemical messages that control our blood pressure, our metabolism, our sleep, our temperature regulation, our moods, our blood sugar regulation and our exercise response. So, during menopause, when we don’t adapt our lifestyle to accommodate this changing hormonal environment, it can lead to lots of different symptoms, including for many of us, low energy.
Is this you too?
And what about the ‘invisible symptoms’ that appear in your blood work? These include:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High blood fats (high triglycerides)
- High low-density cholesterol (LDL-C)
- High Inflammatory Markers (C-Reactive Protein)
- Low Ferritin (stored iron)
- Low Vitamin-D
- Altered Thyroid and Adrenal hormones.
Women experience their symptoms in different ways. And the interesting thing to me, is that when symptoms are becoming worse, then this is a sign that other hormones are getting out of balance too. In other words, because our body chemistry is really sensitive to any hormones that are changing, when we go into peri-menopause and menopause, then other hormones kick-in to help us survive.
Unfortunately if we don’t change our lifestyle to accommodate our changing hormonal environment, then we can experience all the ‘hallmark’ symptoms of menopause and many more symptoms to boot! As I discovered myself, when we do specific things to change our lifestyle and put our past habits behind us and work with our changing mid-life hormones, not against them then our symptoms go away and our health improves for the better. It’s such a wonderful feeling to be on top of our health at this time of life and feel energized and invigorated again.
If you don’t feel like yourself any more, it’s not you, it’s your changing hormones.
However, you are the SOLUTION, not the problem, which is why I would love you to take the MyMT™ MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS TEST.
When you take this test, I have a short video for you to view which will explain what your score means.
How we are feeling during peri-menopause is influenced by our current state of health, weight, our stress levels, our exercise patterns, our diet, our gut and thyroid health as well as natural physiological changes that occur with our increasing age. If these aren’t all addressed during peri-menopause and post-menopause, my concern is that women may not have the ENERGY, HEALTH and VITALITY to enjoy life after menopause, i.e. in their post-menopause years.