I get it. You’re Flirty 30s or Naughty 40s.
You ARE young.
Heck, you haven’t reached your prime.
You are F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S.
Maybe you’re still planning kids or to add to your family.
The word “menopause” is for MUCH more mature women. You have YEARS to go until you need to worry about all that shizzle.
It’s the sort of thing your Mum and Aunts should be worrying about. Facial hair, Tena Lady and sweating buckets. ‘Coz that’s what happens?
I regularly get mails from women in their 30s and early 40s with the general theme “I’m too young for menopause, aren’t I?”.
Yet they’re suffering sweats, snarkiness and cycle problems. Or they’re getting tubbier, tetchy and tired.
By the way, menopause is when your periods stop and have stopped for a year or more. This happens because your egg reserve has reduced, you stop ovulating and your ovaries produce less oestrogen.
So what DO I say to all those women, who are suffering unwanted symptoms, but are “too young for menopause “?
1. KEEP CALM – YOU ARE FABULOUS
Life stage or age only determines how FABULOUS you are if you let it. One of my MOST sensational and sassy friends is 60 this year – looks about 40 and acts about 20. I hope she’s reading this! Brownie points for me.
Love yourself at every stage and age. I feel blessed to be *ahem* maturing (I’m 48 years young as I’m writing this) . Not everyone gets to experience growing older disgracefully.
2. NOT ALL HORMONAL SYMPTOMS ARE DOWN TO MENOPAUSE
Simples. Not ALL hormonal symptoms are signs of menopause. SIGN UP for my FREE report for the skinny on 10 Surprising Signs of Haywire Hormones.
If you’re in your 30s and 40s and “hormonal” there could be many explanations for hormone imbalance.
And symptoms that CAN be due to haywire hormones, aren’t always due to haywire hormones.
For example, hot flushes can happen for lots of reasons. Take a look at this blog for some other causes of hot flushes.
Speak with your doctor if symptoms persist, get worse or worry you. They can also run blood tests to help identify issues.
3. NEVER “GO COMPARE”
Each woman is unique and special. I strongly believe in treating all my lovely ladies that way.
What’s “normal” for you may not be the same for your girl friends and female rellies. And you may still be fine and dandy.
It’s not always a good idea to compare health and hormone notes over cocktails! You can end up feeling freaky when you’re so not that. ‘Nuff said
Which leads me nicely to …
4. KNOW YOUR STUFF
I’m always surprised when some girls don’t know so much about women’s bodies, cycles, fertility or menopause.
Menopause is most usual in your late 40s to early 50s. Average UK age is 51 apparently.
But it CAN happen earlier or later. So even if you think you’re too young for menopause, it might be creeping up on you anyway. And you can lessen symptoms with diet, lifestyle and self-care. See point 7.
Start clue-ing up early about menopause – forewarned is forearmed and all that.
There are also A LOT of myths out there. Like a woman’s cycle should be 28 days. And we’re all going to get hot flushes. Stuff, fluff and nonsense. Check out these common menopause myths.
5. IS IT A (HOT) FLASH IN THE PAN?
Women’s bodies and hormones are changing all the time.
Changes can also be related to diet, lifestyle, modern life, illnesses and more. For example, many of my VIP clients notice their cycles get screwed up by stress. And when the stress goes, their cycle goes back to normal for them.
So I’m saying, don’t panic at the first hot flush you ever have or if you ONCE put the kettle in the fridge and the milk on the worktop – that’s not just me, right? It could just be a “one off”.
If changes persist, get worse or worry you, see your doctor. But I said that already.
6. TAKE ACTION … ESPECIALLY IF YOU STILL WANT BABIES
Any potential hormone problem should be tackled for general good health, wellbeing and happiness. It’s a no-brainer.
If you’re hoping to have a child or more children, don’t put off tests. This is EVEN MORE important if you’re a woman aged 36 or above and have been trying to have a baby for 6 months or more.
Natural fertility does reduce with age, girls.
7. LIVE A HORMONE FRIENDLY LIFESTYLE
My best piece of advice for ANY women and EVERY woman is this …
LIVE A HORMONE FRIENDLY LIFESTYLE. ALWAYS.
It’s make it all easier – puberty, monthly cycles, conception, pregnancy and childbirth, sex, menopause… love, life, health and happiness in general.
So to the lovely 30s lady who wrote to me recently “I’ve been suffering for a while with sweating, horrible mood swings etc. I’m desperate to do something to help my symptoms….particularly my moods/emotions – before the kids leave home to get away from me!” this blog is for YOU.
And lots of other gorgeous “I’m too young for menopause” girls just like you.
I’m here for you all. Keep watching the blog and Facebook page for new articles each week on how to help your hormones, the natural way.