It sounds too good to be true – but are there particular foods or dietary changes that can help improve the symptoms of menopause? We speak to Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella to find out.
First things first: what is menopause?
Menopause is the final menstrual period – and it’s a natural part of life. The average age for women in Australia to reach menopause is 51 or 52 years, but anytime from 45 to 55 years is common.
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For most women, perimenopause – the transition to menopause – begins in their 40s. The entire menopause process typically lasts around four years and begins with the ovaries making less estrogen. A woman is considered to be post-menopausal when she hasn’t experienced a menstrual period for 12 months. This usually occurs between the ages of 46 to 52 years.
Thinking of menopausal hormone therapy?
Here's what you can expect from your GP There’s a lot of information to take in. So it’s OK to discuss options for managing your menopausal symptoms over several consultations with your GP.
How hormones impact your mental health during enopause.
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