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Feeling Run Down? Understanding Menopause Fatigue and How to Get Your Energy Back

Posted on: December 14th, 2015 by Alyssa Kraus No Comments

A major symptom that is commonly associated with menopause is fatigue. It is not often thought of as a hallmark symptom of menopause, the way hot flashes and night sweats are, but it is an extremely common complaint of women who are going through this rite of passage. Women will often talk about feeling mentally and physically exhausted in such a way that it takes every last bit of energy to get through the day. Menopausal fatigue can manifest itself as sleepiness, poor memory, inattentiveness, brain fog/mental fuzziness and irritability. It is NOT part of the normal aging process to feel exhausted and tired all the time. There are a number of contributing factors that cause fatigue in menopause. Understanding what causes this physical and mental exhaustion will aid in providing a solution to alleviate this problem.

Causes of Menopausal Fatigue:

There are several hormones that influence our energy and …

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What happens during menopause?

Posted on: September 29th, 2011 by Lara Armstrong No Comments

When a woman enters into menopause, the hormones that are produced by the ovaries are no longer being produced.  A lack of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone will lead to the symptoms that a woman will experience during menopause.  The adrenal glands are another way in which a woman can produce hormones once she has entered perimenopause and menopause, so it is important to support these important glands.  Androgens (DHEA and testosterone) are produced by the adrenal glands and it is possible for these hormones to be converted to progesterone and estrogen.  Women that have good adrenal function typically will report few symptoms of menopause and tend to experience a smoother transition through this time.

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Can a woman become pregnant if she is perimenopausal?

Posted on: September 29th, 2011 by Lara Armstrong No Comments

Although the chances of becoming pregnant are very low, it is possible for a woman to become pregnant when she is perimenopausal.  This time in a woman’s menstrual cycle is very erratic but she will still ovulate and as long as that happens there is always a possibility of that egg becoming fertilized and a pregnancy occurring.

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What is surgical menopause?

Posted on: September 29th, 2011 by Lara Armstrong No Comments

This occurs when a woman has surgery to have her uterus removed, known as a hysterectomy.  If she has a complete hysterectomy (i.e. ovaries are removed), a woman will immediately enter menopause because the main organ (ovaries) that produces and releases the sex hormones has suddenly been removed.  The onset of the symptoms is generally severe for most woman that have undergone a complete hysterectomy.  The symptoms of course are the same as a woman that enters into menopause naturally.  There are several reasons why a woman will undergo a hysterectomy.  Leaving the ovaries is one option that can help to prevent a woman going into surgical menopause.

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Is there a test to determine if I am in menopause?

Posted on: September 29th, 2011 by Lara Armstrong No Comments

There are several blood tests that can be done to determine if you are in menopause.  Your best sign are the symptoms you are experiencing, but if you want confirmation, bloodwork can also be done.  When a woman enters menopause and is no longer ovulating regularly, 2 hormones that come from the pituitary gland, begin to be produced in very high amounts.  Follicle stimulating hormone, or FSH is a hormone that stimulates the growth and maturation of the ovarian follicle, or “egg”.  Luteinizing hormone (LH), is necessary for the ovulation of the follicle and aids in the development of the corpus lutea.  Elevated levels of FSH and LH are a strong indicator that a woman is in menopause.  Additionally, low levels of progesterone, estrogen and testosterone will also confirm that a woman is in menopause.…

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How long do the symptoms of menopause last?

Posted on: September 29th, 2011 by Lara Armstrong No Comments

Since every woman is different will experience menopause in her own unique way, there is no set time frame for menopause to start or end.  Most women will experience symptoms associated with menopause from anywhere from 2-10yrs.  The general age at which menopause starts is mid to late forties and generally will last until a woman is in her mid fifties.  Of course menopause can start earlier and a woman in her sixties-seventies can still experience symptoms associated with menopause.…

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What is post menopause?

Posted on: September 29th, 2011 by Lara Armstrong No Comments

Post menopause is the last stage of menopause and is applied to a woman that has not experienced a period for 1yr.  At this point, symptoms associated with menopause should begin to subside, although for many women this is usually not the case.  Symptoms associated with menopause can last for many years well after she stops menstruating.…

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What is perimenopause?

Posted on: September 29th, 2011 by Lara Armstrong No Comments

Perimenopause is the time leading up to menopause and is influenced by excess estrogen with relation to declining progesterone levels.  Changes in the menstrual cycle such as: intermenstrual bleeding, heavy periods, shortened or lengthened cycles are all changes that a woman may experience.  Mood swings, headaches and issues with sleep are other common symptoms that may occur as a woman enters perimenopause.…

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Does menopause effect sexual function?

Posted on: September 29th, 2011 by Lara Armstrong No Comments

Yes, many women that enter menopause will begin to complain of issues surrounding sex.  All of the sex hormones play a role in sexual arousal and responsiveness.  Lack of testosterone can effect a woman’s desire to have sex.  In addition to this, low estrogen levels can lead to vaginal dryness and this can create issues with painful intercourse, which ultimately will decrease a woman’s desire.  Low progesterone levels can result in issues with mood, which will also play on a woman’s sexual desire.…

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