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Eileen's Menopause Blog

"I am happy to pass on my personal knowledge and experiences to help those who are still unsure of what is happening to them."

When I realised that I was slowly approaching ‘that age’ I decided I wanted to know as much as possible about the menopause, I wanted to know what physical and emotional changes were likely to occur and what could be done naturally to control or reduce them. I spent several years reading and researching as much material as I could.

This helped me tremendously going through the menopause as I could almost anticipate symptoms depending on how my life was going at the time. This also allowed me to make the necessary lifestyle and dietary changes to ward off the symptoms. So I am here today happy to pass on my personal knowledge and experiences to help those who are still unsure of what is happening to them.


A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays: How to sleep better during menopause

by Eileen, on 20 June 2016, A.Vogel's Menopause Mondays

In this week’s A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays I explain why good sleep not only benefits your health; it can also have a beneficial impact on your menopause symptoms. I also look at how your symptoms can affect the quality of your sleep and I offer my tips on what you can do to get a good night’s sleep.


Video transcript:

Hello, and welcome to another edition of A. Vogel’s Menopause Mondays. Now, over the last few months, sleep problems seem to have cropped up all over the place, and they can be caused by many, many different things. I’ve mentioned in passing some of the things that you can do to help to improve your sleep. But I’ve had quite a few of you contact me and say, “Please, can you do one entirely on sleep and what we can do to help ourselves to get a better night’s sleep.” So this is what I’m actually going to do today. Continue reading >

A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays: Who am I now?

by Eileen, on 13 June 2016, A.Vogel's Menopause Mondays

I don’t know who I am anymore! Sound familiar? In this week’s A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays I take a look at why so many women ask themselves this question during the menopause, explaining what is causing these puzzling and frustrating feelings and why they can have a profound effect on relationships, as well as your self-esteem and confidence.

Video transcript:

Hello, and welcome to another edition of A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays. Now over the weeks, I’ve talked an awful lot about our physical symptoms going through the menopause, our emotional symptoms going through the menopause as well. But there’s also another deeper aspect of the menopause that I actually wanted to talk about today, and that is the question, “Who am I?” Continue reading >

A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays: Restless legs at night

by Eileen, on 6 June 2016, A.Vogel's Menopause Mondays

It’s not just hot flushes and night sweats which can cause sleep disturbances during the menopause, fidgety, achy, restless legs are common sleep stealers too! In this week’s A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays I explain why it is common for women to develop restless leg syndrome during the menopause and what you can do to ease or prevent it.

Video transcript:

Hello, and welcome to another edition of A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays. Now here you are finally getting off to bed after a hard day’s work, and you’re looking forward to hopefully to a good night sleep, and suddenly your legs start twitching and going all over the place, it’s woken you up and you can’t get back to sleep. This is called restless leg syndrome, and it is actually very common in the menopause. Continue reading >

A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays: Allergies? Hayfever? Could menopause be the reason?

by Eileen, on 30 May 2016, A.Vogel's Menopause Mondays

In this week’s A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays I talk about why some women have been contacting me lately to ask if the menopause can cause hayfever. I explain why menopause and hayfever can sometimes go hand in hand, especially if you have never had allergies before. I also recommend simple ways to ease allergy/menopause symptoms such as itchy skin and dry eyes.


Video transcript:

Hello and welcome to another edition of A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays. Now, here in the UK, we’re right in the middle of the hayfever season, and a number of women have actually contacted me. They’ve discovered that they have got hayfever and they’ve never had it in their life before, and they are actually wondering if hayfever can be a symptom of the menopause.

Hayfever symptoms

Now, hayfever can cause symptoms, such as dry eyes, runny eyes, itchy eyes. It can cause sneezing, blocked nose, runny nose. You can get sinus problems. You can actually end up with itchy skin as well. So, these do sound a little bit like menopause symptoms, and many of them I have actually talked before, but they’re all bunched together.

Can menopause cause hayfever?

Now, can the menopause cause hayfever? The answer is a little bit yes and no. So I’ll try and explain. We know that when we go through the menopause that the hormonal changes can put a huge amount of pressure on our body. It can affect our nervous system, and don’t we know it? It can affect our digestion. I was just talking about that last week. It can affect our sleep. Now, between hot flushes, night sweats, restless legs, and the fact that oestrogen can actually weaken our whole sleep pattern just on its own. We also get a lot of fatigue.

What do these things all add up to?

Stress

Well, if we look at stress, a lot of stress, ongoing stress can affect our immune system. Our digestion problems, it will affect our absorption. If we are not nutritionally up-to-date, if you like, then poor nutrition can actually affect our immune system as well. We actually need lots more during the menopause just to keep our bodies actually going.

Sleep & Fatigue

We know that sleep, as I mentioned before, is a big issue, and research has actually shown that sleep can weaken our immune system. Fatigue itself, if we get it ongoing, it can just grind us down. That whole situation can weaken our immune system as well. So having a particularly weak immune system right in the middle of the menopause can actually make you prone to things, such as hayfever. So this is the reason a lot of women are actually getting hayfever in the menopause. It’s not the menopause itself that’s causing the hayfever, but the fact that all these symptoms are actually weakening our immune system.

Colds and Flu

Some women actually find that they become more prone to colds and flu. Some people will get things like allergic rhinitis all year round or they become far more sensitive to things like fumes, like perfume and paint. Even you can become sensitive to clothes as well. I know I find that going through the menopause, I love pure wool jumpers, and I just couldn’t wear them because they made my skin so very, very itchy.

What can you do to help?

Diet

So, what can you do to either prevent yourself from getting these allergies or just to help to strengthen your immune system a little bit? Well, most important thing as usual is diet, a really good varied diet that will give you lots of good nutrients that your body will absolutely love.

Water

Remember the water. Dehydration makes us much more susceptible to itchy skin and other allergies and rashes as well. So the water as usual, really, really important.

Rest and relaxation

Get plenty of rest and relaxation. The menopause puts an awful lot of pressure on our whole body generally, and we need that rest in order to recuperate and to re-energize as well. All these things and anything else that you do that’s really positive will have a good effect on your immune system.

Natural remedies to help

There are also natural remedies for hayfever and allergies. We do something called Pollinosan Hayfever Tablets. These are great because there are no contraindications with other medication, they don’t make you drowsy, and you can take them with HRT and contraceptives as well. Now, if your eyes are particularly bothering you, we have a natural eye drop that you can actually use if you’ve got contact lenses as well. If you’re one of these ladies that tend to get a lot of itchy skin or rashes, you can actually look either at the herb nettle or just make sure that you’re having a couple of cups of nettle tea a day in your diet. And vitamin C is great. If you’re looking for a natural antihistamine, then vitamin C taken little and often can be really, really beneficial.

Pollen App

Now, for those of you in the UK, we actually have a pollen app that gives you a five-day forecast for the pollen count in your local area. All you need to do is go onto the hayfever page on the website and you can download that for free.

So I hope this has given you a little bit of an idea of how important it is to look after your immune system in the menopause. I look forward to seeing you next week for another edition of A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays.

 

A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays: Friendly bacteria & how it helps the menopause

by Eileen, on 23 May 2016, A.Vogel's Menopause Mondays

In this week’s A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays I talk about the importance of friendly bacteria in your gut and how it can help with hormonal control during the menopause. I also look at simple things which can impact your friendly bacteria and what you can do to support it.


Video transcript:

Hello and welcome to another edition of A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays. Now, over the weeks, I’ve mentioned in a lot of the video blogs about your friendly bacteria and how important they are for your health. I thought that I would take this opportunity to go into this in just a little bit more detail to give you a good idea of just how really important they are. Continue reading >