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  • Writer's pictureKym Campbell Hanson

Embracing the Journey: My Experience with Perimenopause & Beyond

Updated: May 1

Kym Campbell Hanson-Weight Loss Accountability Coach

For women over 40

Weight Loss Accountability Coach talking about Navigating Perimenopause, Hormones Toxins and  weight gian

As I reflect on my journey through perimenopause, I'm reminded of the challenges and uncertainties I faced in my early 40s. Like many women, I found myself navigating uncharted territory, grappling with hormonal changes and unfamiliar symptoms that seemed to disrupt every aspect of my life. Looking back, I realize that if I had received more support and knowledge during that time, it could have made a significant difference in how I coped with the transition.

Now, at 59, I am passionate about providing the support and resources that I wish I had access to during my own journey. Through my own experiences and continued learning, I have become dedicated to helping women feel supported and empowered as they navigate perimenopause, menopause, and beyond. It's not just about sharing information; it's about creating a community where women can learn, grow, and thrive together.

As women, we embark on a journey through life filled with experiences, lessons, and transformations. Yet, there are certain chapters of this journey that often remain shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding.

Understanding Hormonal Changes 

Perimenopause and menopause signify a shift in the delicate balance of hormones within our bodies, particularly estrogen and progesterone. These hormonal fluctuations can have far-reaching effects on various systems, including metabolism, bone health, mood regulation, and more. As estrogen levels decline, women may experience symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. However, it's essential to recognize that menopause encompasses a spectrum of symptoms beyond these commonly known ones. Lesser-known ones like sleep apnea, tinnitus, frozen shoulder, anxiety, and mood disorders, all of which I have suffered through, like many women do, are not so talked about associated with the "Pause ".

Spectrum of Symptoms

Perimenopause and menopause represent more than just the cessation of menstrual cycles; they encompass a spectrum of symptoms that can affect nearly every aspect of our health. While hot flashes and night sweats are widely recognized, there are now over 70 documented symptoms associated with menopause. From sleep disturbances and cognitive changes, to joint pain and digestive issues, the manifestations of hormonal fluctuations are diverse and multifaceted. It's crucial to recognize that every woman's experience is unique, and addressing these symptoms requires a tailored approach that considers individual needs and preferences.

Navigating Weight Management

Weight management becomes a significant concern for many women during perimenopause and menopause, as hormonal changes can impact metabolism and body composition. While it may seem challenging to maintain a healthy weight during this time, adopting sustainable dietary and lifestyle practices can make a significant difference. Instead of resorting to fad diets or restrictive eating patterns, focus on nourishing your body with nutrient-dense foods, practicing portion control, and staying physically active. Remember, the goal is not to "diet" like we did in our 20s and 30s but to cultivate a balanced approach to eating that supports overall health and well-being.

Addressing Skin, Hair, and Nail Changes

In addition to hormonal fluctuations, perimenopause and menopause can bring about changes in skin, hair, and nails. Reduced collagen production may lead to dryness, thinning skin, and increased wrinkles, while changes in hormone levels can affect hair growth and texture. Furthermore, nails may become brittle and prone to breakage. While these changes are a natural part of the aging process, incorporating skincare routines, haircare treatments, and dietary supplements rich in essential nutrients can help support skin, hair, and nail health.

Mitigating the Impact of Toxins

Beyond hormonal changes, environmental toxins found in beauty and home care products can further disrupt hormonal balance and exacerbate menopausal symptoms. Common culprits include parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances, which can interfere with endocrine function and contribute to hormone-related health issues. Opting for natural, organic alternatives free from harmful chemicals can reduce exposure to toxins and support hormonal balance during menopause.

As women, we deserve to feel supported and informed as we traverse the ups and downs of hormonal changes.

By sharing my story and offering guidance to others, I hope to inspire women to embrace their journey with confidence and resilience. Together, we can learn more, know more, and do more to prioritize our health and well-being during this transformative phase of life.

Whether you're just beginning your journey through perimenopause or you're already navigating the challenges of menopause, know that you are not alone. Join me as we embark on this journey together, supporting each other every step of the way. Together, we can embrace the changes, seize new opportunities, and celebrate the beauty of aging gracefully.

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