Symptoms of Menopause – What, Why and How to Manage Them

Symptoms of Menopause – What, Why and How to Manage Them

If you’re not in menopause (or peri-menopause) yet and you’re wondering – WHAT’S COMING?  Should I be worried?  How bad is it going to be?  When will it start?? How long will it last?

Or you’re starting to have some new symptoms and you’re wondering – what the heck is this?  Is this hormonal? is this the beginning of peri-menopause – or not?

Or if you’re right in the middle of menopause with full-on symptoms and you’re trying to sort out what’s happening and what to do about it (and wondering how long is this going to last??!!)


Here’s the lowdown for the symptoms of Menopause.


I see menopause as having 3 phases.


The first phase is peri-menopause.

You’re still having your cycle.

At first you might only notice that PMS is worse… Or you get hot at night during PMS…

Then the length of your cycle might start to change… It might get shorter – every 21 days or 25 days (or even every 14 days).  And then you might find you skip a month – or two.

And the bleeding might get heavier.

You could get some full on hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, brain fog, breast tenderness, vaginal dryness, and trouble sleeping too.

Peri-menopause can last from 1 to 10 or even 15 years (I know, right??!)

It often starts somewhere between age 38 and 48.



The second phase is when your cycle really changes and then stops.  It might get really scarce or really close together.

If you’re having other symptoms they can get more intense – especially the typical hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, brain fog, and insomnia.

I consider this the heart of menopause – when your hormones are changing the fastest and your symptoms are probably at their peak.

Then your cycle will stop and your body will spend a year or two adjusting to your new, lower hormone levels.



Then, when your cycle has been gone for a couple of years – and your body has adjusted.

Any symptoms you’ve been having are tapering off – until you settle into a comfortable post-menopausal state.

If your hormones levels even out nicely at the end of this change – you should be very comfortable.

If your hormones get stuck out of balance you might experience hot flashes night sweats insomnia or mood swings that linger for years or seemingly forever.  This isn’t necessary or how it’s supposed to be, however!!

You might also experience increased sagging of your skin…loss of plumpness of your skin…and maybe some increased vaginal dryness.


So, what causes menopause and all these symptoms anyway??


Your hormones levels are changing – they’re declining – estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone!

If these hormones stay in balance with each other while they change – your symptoms of menopause are very minimal – hardly noticeable!

If they get out of balance while they change – which happens if one of them drops more quickly than the others and your body doesn’t adjust – your estrogen/progesterone ratio gets off and that’s where you get the big symptoms of menopause.

This is why some women have symptoms and some have almost none!!

The way I see it, your body was designed to keep those hormones in balance even while they’re changing – leaving you with minimal symptoms.


The problem is that these days we’re too often either:

  1. Worn out from burning the candle at both ends or not sleeping enough
  2. Our stress levels are TOO high
  3. Or our body’s mechanism that keeps those hormones balanced. is being interfered with by environmental endocrine disruptors or poor diet.

My passion is helping women get through menopause with minimal symptoms and feel great after menopause.


A lot of it comes down to:

  1. Replenishing energy reserves and getting enough sleep & rest
  2. Managing stress better
  3. Tuning up our body’s hormone balancing mechanisms with adaptogenic herbs & reducing endocrine disruptors in our diet & lifestyle.

… You’re probably seeing the parallels here.

The thing is, simple as it sounds, it really works.

If you want to get started right now managing menopausal symptoms or preparing for an easier menopause…….


Here are my top 2 tips for managing the symptoms of menopause

  1. Make your diet close to 50% fruits and vegetables – then include plenty of protein and healthy fat in the rest
  2. Find a stress management technique you like and get in the habit of practicing it daily – even if it’s only for 2 minutes.


For more details on getting started, download my FREE guide and learn my top 3 proven natural remedies for hormone balancing and menopause symptom relief.

Dana LaVoie is all about menopause and helping woman through it. You can read more about her below and you can also click on one of the links to visit her website.

I Used to Be an Internalized Misogynist and So Can You!

I Used to Be an Internalized Misogynist and So Can You!

As we all probably know (unless you haven’t paid attention to politics in this past year), misogyny is the dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women. It’s a pervasive ideology that is still widespread in our culture, even though women achieved voting rights long ago. Misogynists exist in every circle, every industry, every demographic. But we’re ladies so we’re off the hook, right? Well, not exactly. Turns out women can be misogynists too. Weird, I know, but hear me out. I used to be a massive woman-hater, and I’m a lady.

I knew sexism was wrong…

But the only kind of sexism I ever thought existed was the kind where men were sexist towards women. It’s the most talked-about type of sexism (unless you’re a meninist, but in that case you’re probably going to want to stop reading this because I’m about to make you very angry). It’s also the main kind of sexism that exists in male-dominated industries — like the media and sports media, tech, finance, politics, academia, science, food, etc. In fact, it’s probably the most common type of sexism in our patriarchal world (the meninists still reading this have ripped out all their hair by now).

And, since this kind of sexism was (and is) a very common occurrence, I came up with an exceedingly clever way to avoid having it directed at me. When men I knew would express misogynistic beliefs, I would sidestep. And then I would join them. For example, when a friend of mine would demean women, saying something like “girls are so petty and shallow,” I would agree. “Yeah, girls are too much drama for me: that’s why I hang out with guys,” I would say. This allowed me to detach myself from the demeaned women and avoid being misogyny-ed against. It was brilliant! …Kind of. The only problem was that I was being a huge misogynist myself (not to mention a huge sexist jerk).

Overcomb Internalized Misogynist Juniper Woodbury

Internalized misogyny

When I would put women down to distance myself, I was actually participating in internalized misogyny. As it so happens, internalized misogyny counts as sexism. Yep, I was being a big, fat sexist. And so can you! It’s actually not only up to men to stop this whole woman-hating problem we’ve got in our world.

I realized that by agreeing with men’s misogyny, I wasn’t exactly saving myself from it. I was just giving them more ammunition and justification to continue professing their misogynist beliefs. So I finally stopped intentionally degrading women.

But that doesn’t mean the problem has been solved. I still have to fight daily against internalized misogyny. I have to remind myself not to dislike women I see on TV just because they are women, or think less of women’s opinions just because they were expressed in a higher-pitched voice. And this is where the meninists will become truly enraged: Society teaches all humans that women are meant to be degraded, so it’s no surprise that all humans, including women, need to put in a bit of effort to rewire our misogynistic beliefs and tendencies. Women against feminism, I’m looking at you.


You can read more great things from Juniper Woodbury on her Girls Aren’t Funny blog. She talks about feminism in a funny, relatable way, for everyone.

A Black Rose – A Guest Blog Post with a Different View

A Black Rose – A Guest Blog Post with a Different View

When I was younger, my prize possession was a single snow globe. It was small enough to fit inside my palm, but encased in the glass was my greatest treasure; a magical city. The globe lived beside my bed, and each night I would pray to the god above that when I pried my eyes open I would wake up in my magical city and I would no longer be on the outside looking in. The memory of my magical city faded as the years passed, but I never stopped being on the outside.

African American children who are raised in predominantly white communities sometimes lose touch with their own culture. They are black roses surrounded by white lilies. They share vital qualities with white lilies; their mannerism, upbrings, and education are mere reflections of each other but these black roses are perceived differently because their skin is comparable to the night sky. They turn into translators between the black and the white and are mandated to meet certain requirements. They must always be aware of Black trends, be athletic, or obtain musical abilities. They are expected to relate to both cultures, but are never invited in either.

These black roses are constantly reminded of their differences. When slavery is taught in their history classes, eyes drift towards them as if they should understand what it is to be shackled and chained. Jokes are made about their dark skin – like how they disappear in the dark. On the other side of the color spectrum, they are thought to be outsiders from their black culture because of their white tendencies and characteristics. These roses are traitors because more lilies fill their garden rather than other roses. I know this topic well because I am a black rose surrounded by white lilies.

I play tug-and-pull with the culture that is sown into my skin and the one that encircles me. Do I continue to try to break the indestructible glass to the magical city, or do I sit on the outside and learn to cherish my fellow roses? For now, I wait in limbo, and pray for the day where I do not feel compelled to label myself as a black rose or a white lily, but just a flower.

Read about Cassidy Dyce below and read more from her on her blog – Sun Kissed (blog here)