Podcast 42: Struggling with Perimenopause, Menopause, Hormonal Changes and Weight Gain? What To Do.


Perimenopause is a major transition that happens in every woman’s life, yet it is not discussed publicly enough. Healthspan Scientist and Coach, Dr. Rachael Van Pelt, breaks down the science of what happens when a woman hits perimenopause, what symptoms we can expect to have (it’s not all about hot flashes!) and what we can do about it.  

Perimenopause can start as early as the late 30s and it can last 4 to 10 years. There are 34 symptoms of perimenopause that a woman can experience and it’s different for every woman. If you feel like something is off, perhaps it is feelings of being tired all the time or extreme fatigue, incontinence or vaginal atrophy, hot flashes, sudden allergies, moodiness or night sweats, these are all menopause symptoms or perimenopause symptoms.

If you are experiencing these symptoms, I have good news. There are many ways to prevent perimenopause symptoms such as hormonal replacement therapy, strength training, and eating  nutritious foods. The key is to start early and create a healthy lifestyle so we can empower ourselves and step confidently into our 50s, 60s, and 70s.

What’s in this episode?

0:00 The importance of talking about Menopause

1:33 Perimenopause versus Menopause 

2:38 When does perimenopause start?

3:20 Hot flashes and night sweats 

4:29 Hormonal changes

5:19 Psychological changes 

6:11 Preventing symptoms 

7:01 Hormonal replacement therapy

7:54 Lifestyle habits: nutrition, sleep, and healthcare

8:25 Signs of menopause

9:23 Midlife changes

10:46 Perimenopause and menopause timeline

11:58 Weight gain and weight loss

13:40 Exercise and nutrition

14:35 A new approach to losing weight

17:40 Cardio versus Strength Training

18:52 Key Point: create health lifestyle and start early

19:18 The importance of sleep

23:01 How much sleep you should get

24:20 What to look forward to in midlife

What you will learn:

  • Why we should talk about menopause more
  • The timeline of perimenopause and menopause
  • The symptoms of perimenopause
  • Hormonal and physiological changes associated with menopause
  • How hormonal replacement therapy, exercise, and nutrition can prevent symptoms
  • The importance of good quality sleep
  • What you can look forward to in midlife

Read more about Dr. Rachael Van Pelt – https://rachaelvanpelt.com/


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