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As part of our mission to help women through menopause, we’re collecting and sharing real stories from women in our network about their experiences. We’re looking for stories about a range of situations, experiences, and challenges.

We understand that it can be a sensitive topic for some women, so if you’d prefer, we’re quite happy to change your name and personal details so there are no identifying elements in the story. Or if you’re comfortable with going public we can publish it with a lovely photo of you.

We’ve got some questions to ask, that will help you figure out what parts of your story to tell – all you really have to do is “fill in the blanks” with your answers, and we’ll then craft it into a narrative. The more detail you can provide though, the better.

Once the story is ready, we’ll get in touch to ask you if you’d like to be interviewed. If not, we’ll send it to you for approval before we publish it.

After the story is published on our website, we’ll share it via social media to help other women going through menopause with their journeys. 

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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.