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Women Like Us: Deanne’s 40+ and 55+ Journey Part 1

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In this piece, I’m telling you how adding 40+ to your daily regime really feels (for me anyway)!

I was perimenopausal

At the time of writing, I was in my late 40s and just beginning my menopause journey. And I’d been taking 40+ daily for over two years. In the beginning I mainly took it to help me sleep and, for me, 40+ started working in two days. Subsequently, I went from being unable to go to sleep to falling asleep within minutes in just two days.

Therefore, I’d wake up feeling fresh. At the time I was training for crazy swimming, running and cycling events. So I was able to train, run my business and look after my young family.

young family

Photo: My family – three boys and hubby out fishing on a lovely South Taranaki (New Zealand) day.

Bumps on the road

After a year of taking 40+, I had a couple of weeks where I didn’t sleep as well. However, I quickly came right again. Two years later the same thing happened. But after a week or two I settled down and slept well again. The common denominator in both instances was the middle of summer.

After 2.5 years, in the middle of May 2017, I started experiencing night sweats. My temperature regulation was all over the place during the day – I guess it’s what is often called hot flushes. This lasted two to three weeks.

During this time I continued taking 40+ and these experiences passed as well. I came back to normal again. 

Actually, I quite enjoyed this time, as it cemented for me that I’m at this life stage. It got me thinking about an article my colleague Leigh wrote on the Gift of Menopause.


In my role at MenoMe®, I talk to a lot of women about their menopause journey and our product. 

From those conversations, I suspect some women may be expecting 40+ to ‘cure’ their menopause or flat line their signs.

But firstly, let’s remember that menopause can’t be cured because it’s not a disease. In fact, it’s a natural life stage all women go through. And secondly, our hormones have a cyclical nature of peaks and troughs.

40+ is designed to balance hormonal fluctuations over time and ease your menopause.


I’ve noticed that for some women who are taking 40+ the results can be quite profound and immediate.

And for others, the effects are more subtle – they may not have had too much trouble in the first place.

Indeed, they report feeling better overall and experiencing a sense of calmness. One customer emailed me recently after her latest order saying:

“I was just thinking how pleased I am to have these little things (40+) in my life…!! Lol”.

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Some women experience wonderful results for the first three to six months and then write to us saying they’re getting hot flushes again.

This is an example (like my own experience), of hormones fluctuating. I’ve discovered that continued use of 40+ will see things settle down again.

Other women don’t see results until they’ve been taking 40+ for two to three months. But for those who persevere, the results are worth it.

During the three bumps in the road I’ve mentioned in this article, I could have thought, “bummer, it’s not working any more”. Then I could have stopped taking 40+ and moved onto something else. However, I will never stop taking 40+, I understand how it works. (Read more about 40+’s workings here.) And I know it’s doing me good.

Apart from getting great sleep, no night sweats and no hot flushes – I realised the other day how great I’m feeling. I’m happy, energetic, and healthy. And loving life!

My message

If you’re trying 40+, give it at least three months to reap the rewards.

And if you’ve been taking it for a while, and you feel menopause effects come back, keep calm – it’s just a fluctuation. As such, it’s temporary. Keep taking those little babies, they will bring you back to hormonal balance.

By the way, in case you’re wondering, 40+ has no estrogen in it. What does it contain and how does it work? I’ll let you read all about that here.

Part 2: my journey through surgery

Update: I’ve stopped taking 40+

I always said I’d never stop taking 40+ and that’s true. Unless something better came along that is.

And then we brought out 55+. It contains the same hormone-balancing effects of EstroG-100™. But it also offers the added benefits of magnesium, vitamin D3 and Enzogenol® pine bark extract. 

I’ll bring you an update on that soon!

Cheers from this happy, healthy corner 😊

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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.


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.