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Am I Losing My Mind or is it Menopause?

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This month we will be discussing all things menopausal, from determining what stage of life you are currently in, to some of the common and less known symptoms of menopause. Along the way, we will be sharing tips and tricks for keeping your health and sanity intact.

We invite our followers to share their insights and stories, and especially those funny “Meno Moments” we have all had.

Now let’s begin our crash course in all things menopause.

The menopausal process occurs in four stages: pre-menopause, perimenopause, menopause and post menopause.

Pre-menopause refers your fertile period, which ranges from your first menstrual period to your last menstrual period.

Perimenopause encompasses the years preceding menopause, and it’s during this stage that your hormone levels change and levels of estrogen decline. Perimenopause typically takes place between 45- and 60- years-of-age and can span a 2- to 6-year period of time. Early signs of perimenopause usually occur in your mid 40s.

Menopause is the permanent termination of menstruation and fertility. This stage begins when you have last period. Menopause can be defined by more than 12 consecutive period-free months. At this stage, your ovaries are no longer producing eggs as hormone production stops, and common changes become noticeable – including vaginal dryness and loss of sex drive.

Post menopause is determined after a woman’s menstrual period hasn’t reoccurred within a period of 12-months. The two most serious health concerns in post-menopausal women are heart disease and osteoporosis.


The symptoms and signs of menopause are not cut and dry, don’t appear in a logical order, and they are different for each woman. As our ovarian production decreases, the follicle stimulating hormone (or FSH) increases, triggering symptoms like hot flashes, headaches, memory problems, acne and mood swings. Sounds fabulous, doesn’t it?


Menopause causes hormonal imbalances that can trigger dozens of uncomfortable symptoms in a woman’s reproductive life. These changes occur due to the female hormone estrogen, suddenly decreasing during this time. How we can deal with these symptoms, and keep a sense of humour throughout, will be discussed in future posts.

The A-Z of Menopause

  • Aching Joints
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Bloating
  • Breast Tenderness
  • Burning Tongue
  • Changes in Odor
  • Depression
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Digestive Problems
  • Dizziness
  • Electric Shocks
  • Fatigue
  • Fingernails Gum Problems
  • Hair Loss
  • Hot Flashes
  • Incontinence
  • Irregular Periods
  • Irritability
  • Itchy Skin
  • Loss of Libido
  • Memory Lapses Migraines
  • Mood Swings
  • Muscle Tensions
  • Night Sweats
  • Osteoporosis
  • Panic Disorder
  • Racing Heart Beat
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Tingling Extremities
  • Vaginal Dryness Weight Gain
Lisa Fielding
For the past 25 years, Lisa has enjoyed various roles within the marketing and advertising industry, including at femMED. A busy mom with 2 young children, 2 dogs and a cat named George, Lisa, like all working moms, strives to find the right balance between all things work and play. A firm believer in taking charge of your own destiny, Lisa is passionate about women’s health and encourages women to become their own health advocates.

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