Part 3 Perimenopause and Menopause Series

In our recent blog series, we dived into the outdated research surrounding Menopause Hormone Therapy (MHT) and explored the connection between pain and perimenopause and menopause. We aimed to offer a more nuanced understanding of this transitional phase. The critical question emerges: What actionable steps can we take to navigate this intricate period effectively?

Personal research and open conversations with friends and family can provide invaluable insights. It’s crucial to recognise the diversity of experiences, acknowledging that some individuals may be hesitant to discuss their journey, opting to deny or downplay their symptoms. As a supportive community, let’s foster compassion, helping one another through this significant transition.

Dispelling the myth that some women sail through menopause without symptoms is paramount. Such harmful comments overlook the varied experiences women may undergo. Research consistently underscores safe options to manage symptoms, emphasising that unnecessary suffering can be avoided.

Understanding that the perimenopausal phase, typically occurring between the ages of 42 and 52, poses a heightened risk of mental health disorders is a crucial first step (Kulkarni, 2018). This awareness is pivotal, given the increased prevalence of severe depression during this time, impacting not only the individual but also their family dynamics and the broader societal context.

Let’s move beyond outdated narratives and empower ourselves with knowledge and support. By embracing the diverse experiences of women during perimenopause, we can collectively navigate this significant life transition with resilience and understanding.

Nutrition and Lifestyle Recommendations:

While we cannot diet or exercise our way out of menopause symptoms, making mindful choices around our diet and lifestyle remains pivotal.

Consider exploring the following recommendations:

Move Your Body – Movement is Medicine

Find an exercise you genuinely enjoy and make it a routine. Loving your chosen form of movement is key. For example, I’ve recently taken up 5Rhythms dancing—so much fun!

Clinical Nutritionist or Naturopath Consultation

Seek guidance from a specialist in perimenopause and menopause to tailor nutrition and lifestyle recommendations to your unique needs.


Explore acupuncture as a holistic approach to managing symptoms and promoting overall well-being.

The Galveston Diet

Check out “The Galveston Diet,” a resource offering insights into navigating menopause healthily.

Supplements for Menopause

Discover well-researched insights on the best supplements for menopause and perimenopause from Wellfemme and Lara Briden.

Podcast on Supplements

Tune into the informative podcast featuring Dr. Kelly Teagle and Lara Briden discussing supplements for the menopausal transition.

Hormone Repair Manual

Explore Lara Briden’s book, “Hormone Repair Manual,” for comprehensive guidance on hormonal health.


Kulkarni, J. (2018). Perimenopausal depression – an under-recognised entity. Australian Prescriber, 41(6), 183–185. []

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