How hormones impact mental health

Written by Jo Roberts | Jean Hailes. Posted in Menopause Blog

 

What's the connection between hormones and mental health? How do our hormonal changes affect our emotional wellbeing? And what are some ways we can nurture positive mental health?

To answer all these questions and more Jo Roberts of Jean Hailes recently spoke to Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, Jayashri Kulkarni AM.

Menopause discrimination is a real thing

Written by SHFPACT. Posted in Menopause Blog

Menopause discrimination is a real thing – this is how employers can help.

For many women, going through the menopause can be a difficult time. It typically occurs for women between 45-55 years-old and lasts four to eight years. Most women experience some symptoms – the severity and duration of which can vary from woman to woman. The most common symptoms include hot flushes, headaches, problems with memory or concentration and mood changes.

Ageing well through the menopause

Written by SHFPACT. Posted in Menopause Blog

Whether you're dreading 'The Change' or looking forward to the freedom it can bring, for most women in their midlife years, menopause is on the menu.

And while this life stage may bring changes and challenges, there are positive steps that women can take to improve their health and wellbeing during this time.

How to bring your A-game to your frame

Written by Jean Hailes. Posted in Menopause Blog

We tend to think of our skeletons as a never-changing frame. However, just like other parts of our bodies, our bones are constantly being broken down and renewed.

Bones, just like muscles, are living tissue and need to be looked after. And an important part of bone care is physical activity, to enable them to gain strength and remain strong throughout life.

But what exercise or physical activity is best for bone health? You may have heard of the term 'weight-bearing exercise', but what does the term actually mean? And how do you get the most bang for your 'exercise buck' when it comes to bone health? Here, we'll answer these questions and more.

The issue with bioidentical hormones

Written by Ruth McPhail | Griffith University. Posted in Menopause Blog

In recent years, bioidentical hormones have gained popularity as a more 'natural' alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for treatment of menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, vaginal dryness and difficulty concentrating.

Bioidentical hormones are based on extracts such as yam and soybean, hence their 'natural' appeal. However, claims that they are safer and more natural than HRT – also known as menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) – are misleading and not based on scientific evidence.

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