Perimenopause and Menopause
What is it?
The perimenopause refers to the transition period leading up to menopause, marking the end of a woman’s reproductive years. During this time, the ovaries gradually produce less estrogen, leading to various physiological changes and symptoms. Here are some key points about perimenopause:
Menstrual Irregularity: One of the hallmark signs of perimenopause is changes in the menstrual cycle. Periods can become more frequent, less frequent, lighter, or heavier. They can also skip months.
Duration: Perimenopause can last for several years. On average, it starts in a woman’s mid-to-late 40s but can begin earlier or later. This transition phase typically lasts about four years but can be shorter or extend for up to a decade for some women.
Definition: Menopause is officially diagnosed after a woman has gone 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period. It’s the point when the ovaries no longer release eggs regularly and produce significantly less estrogen and progesterone.
Signs and Symptoms: The declining and fluctuating estrogen levels during perimenopause can lead to a range of symptoms.
While some symptoms begin during the perimenopausal transition, they can continue into menopause and post-menopause
Some of the most common ones include:
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Sleep disturbances
- Mood changes (e.g., irritability, depression, or anxiety)
- Vaginal dryness
- Decreased libido
- Breast tenderness
- Dry skin, thinning hair, or hair loss
- Increased abdominal fat
- Difficulty concentrating or foggy thinking
- Urinary urgency or increased frequency
So why use hypnotherapy for perimenopause and menopause?
Stress Reduction: Menopausal symptoms can be exacerbated by stress. Hypnotherapy can help individuals manage and reduce stress, thereby potentially lessening the severity of some menopausal symptoms.
Sleep Quality: Many women during perimenopause and menopause experience sleep disturbances or insomnia. Hypnotherapy can aid in improving sleep patterns and establishing better sleep habits.
Hot Flashes: Some studies suggest that hypnotherapy can reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes. By training the subconscious mind, hypnotherapy can potentially help in regulating body temperature or in coping with hot flash episodes.
Mood Management: Mood swings, anxiety, and depressive feelings are common during perimenopause and menopause. Hypnotherapy can be a tool to help regulate emotions, boost mood, and provide coping mechanisms.
Cognitive Function: Some women report issues with memory or concentration during menopause, sometimes referred to as “brain fog.” Hypnotherapy can be employed to enhance cognitive function, improve focus, and sharpen memory.
Pain Management: For women who experience menstrual or muscular pain during perimenopause or other bodily discomforts during menopause, hypnotherapy can act as a pain management tool, helping to reduce the perception of pain.
Self-esteem and Body Image: The physical and emotional changes of perimenopause and menopause can impact a woman’s self-esteem and body image. Hypnotherapy can help in building a positive self-image and enhancing self-worth.
Weight Management: Changes in metabolism during menopause can lead to weight gain for some women. Hypnotherapy can support weight management efforts by promoting healthy eating habits and increasing motivation for physical activity.
Sexual Wellbeing: Reduced libido, or discomfort during intercourse can affect women during this transitional phase. Hypnotherapy can be used to enhance sexual confidence and address underlying concerns related to intimacy.
Acceptance and Transition: The transition through perimenopause and menopause is not just physical but also psychological. Hypnotherapy can help women come to terms with this phase of their life, fostering a sense of acceptance and easing the transition.
How Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help:
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy enables people to regain control of their lives.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy focuses on the present and the future, there is no need to go into your past. I use, a gentle combination of psychotherapy, neuro linguistic programming (NLP) and hypnosis to suit your individual needs. These will enable your brain to, reorganize itself and allow you to move towards your goals.
The first half of the session will be the psychotherapy part and the second part will be where you get to experience some deep and soothing relaxation through hypnosis.
This gentle but deeply relaxing technique will encourage your subconscious to recalibrate, which aids restful sleep, emotional balance, improved focus, body positivity and stress management. Altering your subconscious narratives, harnesses your inner strength to embrace this natural progression with tranquility and empowerment.