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Women on Fire® Podcast Presents...

Holly’s Story | Is There A Link Between Underactive Thyroid & Perimenopause

Holly Zachan on Perimenopause
Holly Zachan was 40 years old, juggling a business and being mum to two young children when she was blindsided by a diagnosis of hypoactive (underactive) thyroid disease.

After reacting to her medication, she started to connect the dots with some of her symptoms and perimenopause.

From there, she realised she needed to take stock and reassess her life.

Holly shares her story.

Podcast Interview

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Introducing Holly (1:00)
  • On being diagnosed with hypothyroidism (2:00)
  • Hypothyroidism treatment and a rude awakening (5:24)
  • Learning to stop and change her attitude (7:37)
  • How things change after 40 (9:06)
  • Macronutrients and the importance of carbohydrates (10:00)
  • Discovering perimenopause (11:48)
  • Putting the pieces back into a stable place (15:40)
  • Lessons learned to share with other women (22:02)

Video Version

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Youtube Talks Holly Zachan

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Welcome to the Women On Fire® Podcast. We’re on a mission to help you have your best menopause and rest of your life.

I’m your host, Jenna Moore. I’m an accredited integrative health and menopause coach and I’ve studied nutritional awareness, women’s hormones through a functional medicine lens and explored various modalities including breath work, mindset and positive psychology.

Join me and my guests as we discuss how to navigate the natural life transition of menopause and growing older. From waistlines, waning libidos and what to wear now we’re over 40 we discuss it all.

Women On Fire® is sponsored by MenoMe®, a New Zealand based company by women for women. MenoMe® specialises in evidence-based, all-natural supplements so you can experience freedom in menopause.

Disclaimer: Our Mini Pause’s are for information purposes only. They come from a holistic vantage point and from collating (often conflicting) scientific data if it’s available. They should not take the place of medical advice.

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Post-menopause


This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.

Perimenopause

Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.