All posts tagged: perimenopause

Perimenopause has brought chaos to my life – but also peace | Menopause

Perimenopause has brought chaos to my life – but also peace | Menopause

[ad_1] In my 20s and 30s, I went hard, driven by a desire to live life fully. I wanted to stay up all night having heated conversations, collect experiences and adventures, make art and meaning from everything that happened. Somewhere in the far-off distance I pictured myself making it to age 40, but never thought further than that: I would turn 40 … and then I’d be 65? My naivete died three years ago in the middle of the night. I woke up drenched in perspiration, shivering. It was shocking to find myself suddenly so cold and in the dark. Within a month, I was waking at least twice a week – three, four or even five times a night. But it wasn’t just the night sweats. My menstrual cycle changed, dropping a day for several months, then bouncing back, then shortening again. The first two days of my period became much heavier – “crime scene periods”, another middle-aged friend and I would text each other, relieved we were not alone in this mess. In …

Halle Berry on Herpes Scare That Was Actually Perimenopause

Halle Berry on Herpes Scare That Was Actually Perimenopause

[ad_1] Social impact agency Propper Daley hosted its fourth A Day of Unreasonable Conversation summit on Monday, featuring a star-studded group of speakers that included Kerry Washington, Halle Berry, Jane Fonda, Paris Hilton, recent Oscar-winner Cord Jefferson and First Lady Jill Biden. The invite-only event — produced in collaboration with culture change agency Invisible Hand, with The Hollywood Reporter as a media partner — took place at the Getty Center with a full day of programming designed to connect TV writers, producers and executives with cultural changemakers. The day’s conversations spanned topics of politics, race, education, climate change, health and labor, with intentions to provide information that will influence future onscreen storylines and help maintain narrative authenticity. Early on in the day’s schedule, Berry joined the First Lady for a conversation about women’s health, menopause and the way older women’s stories are often told; the discussion came after President Biden signed an executive order focused on boosting women’s health research just last week. Berry, who has become an outspoken menopause awareness advocate in recent years, told the room her aim is …

Why perimenopause inspired me to grow out my grey, and then dye it back again

Why perimenopause inspired me to grow out my grey, and then dye it back again

[ad_1] Perimenopausal anxiety is a symptom that many women suffer from, and for celebrity makeup artist, Donna May, 46, that sense of doom comes in peaks and troughs. During one of those troughs last year, when Donna was feeling strong and empowered, she decided to embrace her natural hair colour, and stopped dying her roots.  “I was getting so fed up with dying my roots every 10 days,” Donna explained to HELLO! “I was super busy at ITV running the makeup department, and I was also running my own business, Donna May London that sells beauty and accessories. I just didn’t have that extra bit of time every 10 days to be dyeing my hair. And my sister had gone grey a year earlier and she’s three years younger than me and she looked amazing, so I thought I would let the front greys start coming through and see where it ends up.”  As the grey began to grow through, Donna found herself grappling with a mix of emotions. “At first, I felt a bit …

Ricki Lake, 55, showcases incredible 30lbs weight loss transformation amid perimenopause

Ricki Lake, 55, showcases incredible 30lbs weight loss transformation amid perimenopause

[ad_1] Ricki Lake recently celebrated a significant milestone in her health and wellness journey, sharing her remarkable weight loss transformation with her Instagram followers.  At 55, the accomplished actress and her husband, Ross Burningham, embarked on a transformative four-month journey, each shedding over 30 pounds, bringing Ricki’s weight to an impressive 140 pounds.  What makes their achievement even more noteworthy is their commitment to doing so without the aid of pharmaceuticals. Ricki’s openness about her challenges, including androgenic hair loss and navigating perimenopause—a period known for its potential to slow metabolism—adds depth to her story.  © InstagramRicki Lake shares weight loss “Hi friends. I’ve been wanting to share with you what I’ve been up to these last 4 months. On October 26th, 2023, I made a commitment to myself to get healthier. My husband, Ross, joined me in this effort,” she wrote, highlighting the collective effort and determination that fueled their journey. Her decision to share before and after photos, including one in a black sports bra and leggings, not only showcases her slimmer frame …

Tell us: what’s your experience of dealing with perimenopause at work? | Menopause

Tell us: what’s your experience of dealing with perimenopause at work? | Menopause

[ad_1] Employers could be sued for disability discrimination if they fail to make “reasonable adjustments” for women going through menopause under new guidance issued by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), amid concern over the number of women leaving their jobs due to symptoms. If the symptoms have a long term and substantial impact on a woman’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities they may be considered a disability, the EHRC say. Under the Equality Act 2010, an employer will be under a legal obligation to make reasonable adjustments and to not discriminate against workers. The guidance also states that workers experiencing symptoms may be protected against less favourable treatment related to their menopause symptoms on the grounds of age and sex. We’d like to hear from women in the UK what their experiences of their workplaces was like while they went through perimenopause. What did you or do you find helpful? Was or is your employer accommodating? Is there anything you believe your employer should be doing differently to better meet the …

My driving anxiety was a surprising symptom of perimenopause

My driving anxiety was a surprising symptom of perimenopause

[ad_1] While it was once a taboo health topic, conversations around the menopause and perimenopause have thankfully opened up over the last few years. Whether it’s celebrities telling their stories (thank you Davina McCall!), our workplaces launching menopause initiatives or even just our friends and family not referring to it in hushed tones as ‘The Change’, we’re all more comfortable and confident about what goes on with our bodies at this time of life.  However, for every obvious or much-discussed symptom, irregular cycles and hot flushes I’m looking at you, there’s also a host of more unusual or unexpected effects, including for me, a paralysing fear of driving.  © Jo HoareThe perimenopause caused a paralysing fear of driving for Jo Hoare I had my first driving lesson on my 17th birthday, passed my test first time, and had since then confidently driven everywhere from Cornwall to Glasgow and was unfazed even by central London traffic. Until I hit my early 40s. It started as a minor reluctance to drive at night but soon grew into …

Five smart ways to deal with perimenopause according to a nutritionist

Five smart ways to deal with perimenopause according to a nutritionist

[ad_1] Navigating through perimenopause, a phase often conflated with menopause, is vital for women approaching this significant life stage. Perimenopause, the transition leading up to menopause (marked by 12 consecutive months without a period), presents a spectrum of symptoms and experiences that vary widely among individuals.  These can include hot flashes, mood swings, irregular periods, vaginal dryness, and weight gain. Interestingly, dietary modifications can be a powerful tool in managing these symptoms, thanks to the close relationship between gut health and menopausal changes. Here’s a detailed guide to five key dietary elements that can support health and well-being during perimenopause: Eat plentiful veggies Eat the rainbow A study in 2021 underscored the benefits of a plant-based diet, linking it to fewer hot flashes. Embracing a variety of fruits and vegetables, known colloquially as ‘eating the rainbow,’ is not just a cliché but a health imperative.  This approach ensures a wide spectrum of nutrients and is particularly beneficial for gut health.  When cooking, try to incorporate at least six plant-based ingredients, including vegetables, herbs, and spices, …