Why is nobody asking why the Japanese have no word for menopause or perimenopause or hot flash?
Perhaps because it’s complicated without a one pill fits all answer, and is further compounded by the medical data gap which results in excluding women from research as we’re not as simple as men.
For me the glaringly obvious answer lies in diet, lifestyle and environment changes. How can we create shifts away from our current Western approach to use what works better in other countries? I’ve lived and worked in lots of different countries. Singapore was hands down the easiest place to be a working parent. The UK has been the worst.
Crash and Burn
To be honest it’s not surprising that we crash and burn during this midlife hormonal shift. Most women have been running on empty for years and entering perimenopause is the proverbial last straw.
When I say running on empty I’m talking about women in their 30s with children who have already done the equivalent of a full day’s work before 9am, and then they begin their paid work. By the time that they’re in their 40s they’ve already had over a decade of this and childcare doesn’t stop just because kids become teenagers.
Let’s add in some additional stressors like maybe a separation or divorce, a house move, financial worries, a renovation, a child with additional needs, caring for aging parents… and let’s manage these extras with, perhaps, alcohol. You’ve had a tough week and you absolutely deserve that glass of shiraz on Friday. That one glass becomes a couple, and you repeat on Saturday too, why not?
You don’t have time for exercise, you’re far too exhausted. Dinner is whatever’s quick and easy, it might be a takeaway. Your sleep isn’t great. In fact when was the last time that you woke up feeling ready to go get ‘em?
Perimenopause – a health disaster waiting to happen
Against this background it’s not hard to see why perimenopause completely derails you. In fact it would be astonishing if it didn’t.
While there’s a place for HRT (although it’s generally prescribed without any testing…) there’s so much that you can do with lifestyle changes. If you want to find out how I can help, here’s a link to my program: https://practicalhealthcoach.uk/making-midlife-better/