Menopause: It’s Not the End, It’s a New Beginning!5 min read

Menopause: It’s Not the End, It’s a New Beginning!


Menopause is like puberty’s older, meaner sister. Filled with hot flashes, mood swings and unavoidable weight gain –  it’s not surprising that women dread this phase in their lives! However, menopause does not have to be the end of the road. With the right support, you can find a way to embrace and get through these hormonal fluctuations – with your health (and sanity!) intact! Let’s get started. 

Understanding Menopause

Menopause is a natural biological process marking the end of a woman’s reproductive years. It is officially defined as occurring 12 months after a woman’s last menstrual period, indicating that the ovaries have ceased functioning and there is a significant drop in the hormones estrogen and progesterone. 

This transition includes three stages:

  1. Perimenopause: This transitional phase leads up to menopause and often begins in a woman’s 40s, though it can start as early as her mid-30s. During perimenopause, the ovaries gradually produce less estrogen, leading to irregular menstrual cycles and the onset of various menopausal symptoms. This phase can last anywhere from a few months to over a decade, with an average duration of about four years.
  2. Menopause occurs when a woman has not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. It typically occurs when women reach 50 old. During this time, the ovaries stop releasing eggs, and the production of estrogen and progesterone drops significantly.
  3. Postmenopause: This stage follows menopause and continues for the rest of a woman’s life. Postmenopausal women are at an increased risk for certain health conditions due to lower levels of estrogen, such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.

Common Symptoms

Menopause symptoms can vary widely among women and can significantly impact the quality of life. They include: 

  • Hot Flashes: Sudden feelings of warmth, often intense, that spread over the body and are sometimes followed by sweating and chills. Approximately 75% of women experience hot flashes during menopause.
  • Night Sweats: Episodes of excessive sweating during sleep, often severe enough to disrupt sleep. Night sweats are reported by about 60% of women during menopause.
  • Mood Swings: Emotional changes, including irritability, depression, and anxiety. Around 30% of women experience mood swings and irritability during menopause.
  • Sleep Disturbances: Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early.
  • Irregular Periods: Changes in menstrual cycle frequency, duration, and flow as the body transitions to menopause.
  • Vaginal Dryness: Reduced moisture and elasticity in the vaginal tissues, leading to discomfort during intercourse. Up to 50% of postmenopausal women experience vaginal dryness.
  • Decreased Libido: Lowered sexual drive and response.
  • Weight Gain: Changes in metabolism that can lead to weight gain, particularly around the abdomen.
  • Thinning Hair: Hair loss or thinning on the scalp.
  • Dry Skin: Increased dryness and sometimes itching.
  • Memory Issues: Problems with concentration and memory, often called “brain fog.”
  • Joint Pain: Aches and stiffness in the joints.
  • Headaches: Increased frequency or intensity of headaches.
  • Palpitations: Sensations of a racing or irregular heartbeat.

Medical Conditions Associated with Menopause

  • Osteoporosis: Reduced bone density and increased risk of fractures due to lower estrogen levels.
  • Cardiovascular Disease: Increased risk of heart disease and stroke, as estrogen helps maintain healthy blood vessels and cholesterol levels.
  • Urinary Incontinence: Loss of bladder control due to weakened pelvic muscles.
  • Weight Gain and Metabolic Changes: Increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.

Positive Interventions to Help with Menopause 

Regular medical check-ups and screenings are vital for detecting and managing potential health issues early. Here are some recommended tests and their frequency:

  1. Bone Density Test (DEXA Scan): Recommended every 1-2 years for women over 65 or younger at high risk for osteoporosis.
  2. Mammograms: Annual or biennial mammograms are recommended for women aged 50-74 but may start earlier based on personal and family medical history.
  3. Blood Pressure Checks: At least once a year to monitor cardiovascular health.
  4. Cholesterol Tests: Every 4-6 years for normal-risk women, more frequently if there are risk factors.
  5. Blood Glucose Tests: For women aged 45 and older, they should be done every three years or more frequently if they have risk factors for diabetes.

Managing Symptoms with Professional Help

Healthcare providers can offer various treatments to manage menopause symptoms effectively:

  1. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): HRT can help alleviate symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness by replacing the hormones that the body no longer produces.
  2. Non-Hormonal Medications: These include antidepressants, blood pressure medications, and other drugs that can help manage symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings.
  3. Vaginal Estrogen: Low-dose vaginal estrogen can help relieve vaginal dryness and discomfort.

Dietary Changes

  1. Foods rich in calcium (e.g., dairy products, leafy greens) and vitamin D (e.g., fatty fish, fortified foods) are essential for maintaining bone health.
  2. Consuming foods that contain phytoestrogens, such as soy products, flaxseeds, and legumes, can help alleviate some menopausal symptoms by mimicking estrogen in the body.
  3. Maintaining a balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help manage weight and support overall health.
  4. Drinking plenty of water is important for overall health and can help manage symptoms like dry skin and hot flashes.
  5. Including magnesium, iron, vitamin supplements, and protein powders can help address specific nutritional needs and support overall health during menopause.

Exercise Tips

  1. Walking, swimming, and cycling can help maintain cardiovascular health without putting too much strain on the joints.
  2. Incorporating strength training exercises can help maintain muscle mass, improve bone density, and boost metabolism.
  3. Practising yoga can help improve flexibility, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being.
  4. Engaging in aerobic exercises like dancing or aerobics classes can improve heart health and boost mood.


Menopause is a natural part of life that comes with challenges. We know it’s tough, but with the proper support and a positive outlook, we know you can do it! 

Contact the experts at Renew Healthcare to discuss your individual needs and receive personalised care and guidance throughout this journey. 

Key Takeaway Points:

  1. Menopause marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years and includes stages like perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. Symptoms vary widely among women.
  2. Hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, sleep disturbances, and vaginal dryness are common symptoms that significantly impact quality of life.
  3. Menopause increases the risk of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, urinary incontinence, and metabolic changes.
  4. Regular medical check-ups and screenings, hormone replacement therapy, 
  5. Embracing menopause with a positive mindset, maintaining a balanced diet, staying active, and seeking professional help can make this transition smoother and more empowering.

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