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with Lara Briden
If there’s one thing that can make all the difference to your health and wellbeing in your 40s, it’s understanding hormone repair in perimenopause.
Delicately balanced at the best of times, perimenopause can be a decade of hormonal instability that can literally wreak havoc on your wellbeing – from anxiety and depression, irritability and rage, sleeplessness, weight gain, migraines, heavy periods, brain fog, and hot flushes and night sweats.
Some women experience no symptoms, but many women do (it took me a while to realise I wasn’t losing my mind and my symptoms were actually hormones and I started to work out what I needed), and it can be quite a challenge trying to work out what to do about it, or even find a doctor or practitioner who knows enough to help you.
Then of course there’s the emotional factors that this life transition presents for some of us – it reminds us that we’re getting older, for some women the end of fertility and child-bearing years is difficult, and also there are potentially fears around looks, the future and relationships.
When I came across the book Hormone Repair Manual by Lara Briden, I emailed an invitation to the podcast to her straight away. The book is one of the best, if not the best, I’ve read so far on hormones in perimenopause.
There was so much we could have covered in this conversation, but what you’ll hear includes:
- why perimenopause and ageing are NOT the same thing;
- why Lara calls it your ‘second puberty’;
- how perimenopause is temporary, and there are many ways to ease symptoms during the transition;
- that perimenopause is a critical window to health, and the more you do now the better your health as you age;
- how it’s also an emotional transition but there are many positives and that there is a freedom in invisibility of being an older woman.
If any of this conversation gives you an a-ha moment and you think you could use some hormone repair, I highly recommend you get Lara’s book.
It’s full of information on the research, explains the detail in really simple ways, provides actual tips and recommendations and even has sections with scripts on how to talk to your doctor and what to ask for in regards to testing and therapies.
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