Menopause v Menopausing – Birds on the Blog

Menopause v Menopausing

 – saving lives, changing the world, one menopause at a time.

Assuming periods started at puberty they will end at menopause. Whether you notice menopausal symptoms, or need a strategy to manage them, is a separate conversation.

The ‘root cause’ of menopause is ovarian decline. Menopause transition is the process by which the body moves from a point where we have regular periods and can predict our fertility, to the point where we have no periods and are no longer fertile. The ovaries stop ovulating and we stop having periods. Whatever age you are, when you have gone 12 consecutive months without a period, that is menopause day. The transition may be over night, or it may take years. You may notice signs and symptoms connected to the sudden change in levels of reproductive hormones, you may not.

  1. Please note, eating a nutrient-rich diet and making positive lifestyle choices doesn’t not make the ovaries stop going into retirement. That’s not how it works. The ovaries have a mind of their own and are on a trajectory that we cannot predict. Eating nutrient dense foods and making positive lifestyle choices however is essential to support the mind and body during this withdrawal process of total circulating oestrogens.

The menopausing narrative that comes round in big waves every now and then generally swirls around symptoms. Particularly as we reach World Menopause Day 18th October. You can then set your clock by a journalist who is going to post something online that ask us to, “stop going on about menopause and just crack on”.

If only we could find a way of explaining the difference between menopause and menopausing?

If we could get past that point in the conversation we may stand a chance of talking about living in a postmenopausal body that will potentially experience oestrogen deficiency, for around 32 years. It is in fact only since the beginning of the 1900s that we lived long enough to experience postmenopause. The world population of menopausal and post-menopausal women is projected to be 1.2 billion worldwide by 2025, with 47 million new women transitioning every year.

That’s a lot of women who don’t know about their body’s potential to change … overnight. Then we have to consider the long term health consequences of personally mismanaging our menopause transition, simply because we didn’t know how.

I ‘m on a mission to spread the word of the menopause memo. I truly believe that if we understood that healthy ageing is directly linked to healthy menopausing, we would be far more diligent in our health care choices, before and during menopausing.

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About the Author Fiona Catchpowle

My name is Fiona Catchpowle, and I hate it when things are over complicated and confusing. When I first started The Menopause Directory 5 years ago it was a simple blog and resource of menopausal things. When I went hunting for support at that time I found the online resources inconsistent and the context lacked relevance for the modern menopausal woman. So my aim was to simplify things and make it easy to access the right care. Since then my mission has changed dramatically and now I am about to embark on a major task of creating an army of Menopause Mentors!