Menopause begins when the menstrual cycle finishes. Menopause is not a health problem, and some experience it as a time of liberation. However, hormonal changes and other factors involved can cause discomfort.
Menopause usually starts between the ages of 40 and 58
Many healthcare providers use the term menopause to refer to the time when a woman’s hormone levels start to change. Menopause is said to be complete when menstrual periods have ceased for one continuous year.
Although the average age of menopause is 51, menopause can happen at any time from the 30s to the mid-50s or later. Women who smoke and are underweight tend to have an earlier menopause, women who are overweight often have a later menopause. Generally, a woman tends to have menopause at about the same age as her mother did.
Around the time of menopause, many females experience physical symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and a reduced sex drive. It can also lead to anxiety, changes in mood.
These symptoms may start before menstruation ends, and they can last for several years. The impact on a person’s quality of life can range from mild to severe.
Hot flushes are, by far, the most common symptom of menopause. About 75% of all women have these sudden, brief, periodic increases in their body temperature. Usually, hot flushes start before a woman’s last period. For 80% of women, hot flushes occur for 2 years or less. A small percentage of women experience hot flushes for more than 2 years. These flushes seem to be directly related to decreasing levels of estrogen. Hot flushes vary in frequency and intensity for each woman.
In addition to the increase in the temperature of the skin, a hot flush may cause an increase in a woman’s heart rate. This causes sudden perspiration as the body tries to reduce its temperature. This symptom may also be accompanied by heart palpitations and dizziness.
Hot flushes that happen at night are called night sweats
Other symptoms include
- Irregular periods.
- Hot flushes.
- Night sweats.
- Sleep problems.
- Mood changes.
- Weight gain and slowed metabolism.
The Wim Hof Method – aiming to achieve “homeostasis”
Optimal immune health is defined as a balanced state where the body has an adequate biological defence to fight disease, infection and other unwanted biological invasions. This “balance” is also known as “homeostasis” and our understanding of it was greatly helped in 1915 thanks to a French scientist called Charles Richet and American physiologist Walter Cannon.
The method is becoming famous for help and control with inflammation, anxiety and unbalanced body chemistry. Using the techniques of breath work, cold water therapy and mindset, the Wim Hof Method seeks to bring the body into the area of balance- “homeostasis”.
I have been finding in my courses that there are a lot of women of menopausal age attending and they are finding help and relief with their menopause symptoms.
“I had the pleasure of meeting James at a summer solstice summit group camp with Scout and About and I was truly inspired by his journey.
He introduced the group to the Wim Hof method which was an amazing experience and he talked us through all the benefits including how it can help with menopausal symptoms.
Once home I reached out to James and booked in for a one-to-one session with my menopausal symptoms in mind. I had wanted to find a holistic approach instead of taking HRT which I had been taking for 4 years.
Two months on, after four one-to-one sessions and a WHM fundamentals workshop I am no longer on HRT and reaping the benefits. Not only with my menopausal symptoms but also my mindset and how I feel on a whole. Life is good. I’m happier, stronger and finding my flow…”
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