Journal / Menopause


Menopause can be a sensitive topic — no one wants to feel like they’re getting “old.” Speculations about menopause create stigmas and actually prevent women from getting the support and treatment they need - and deserve! - during this stage of their lives. 

To put it simply, menopause is the conclusion of your reproductive cycle: the point at which you’ve gone twelve months without a period. Leading up to this point, you’ll be in perimenopause. This significant phase is marked by the eventual ceasing of monthly menstruation, drops in hormone levels, and symptoms that result from those hormonal fluctuations, like hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, and low libido.

Just because menopause can be defined simply, doesn’t mean the experience is easy. The menopause transition can be overwhelming — some women begin this season of life as early as in their 30s, and many struggle with managing symptoms. Here at Winona, we’re focused on taking care of you and supporting you on this journey. Find out more about your menopausal transition and your symptoms, and learn how to manage them, so you can get on with living your best life.


# Menopause and Fatigue: What to Know About Menopause Fatigue

7 min read - November 25, 2021

Menopausal fatigue often includes having a constant sense of being drained, feelings of zero energy and/or motivation, and can diminish your overall quality of life. Perimenopause is the phase that leads up to menopause, typically starts in your late 30s and early 40s, and can last up to 10 years. While perimenopause is a natural biological process, it can present very different symptoms for each woman. Menopause and fatigue are common combinations. Menopausal fatigue often includes having a constant sense of being drained, feelings of zero energy and/or motivation, and can diminish your overall quality of life. With perimenopause, there are physical symptoms such as hot flashes, emotional changes, weight gain, brain fog, low energy, and extreme tiredness. Read on.

Menopause and Fatigue: What to Know About Menopause Fatigue

# Menopause and Clumsiness

4 min read - November 05, 2021

Who would have thought that menopause and clumsiness could go hand-in-hand? Well, they do! That bumbling sensation could be an early sign of perimenopause. Change in hormones causes easy bruising at the same time as becoming more accident-prone, the bruising can start to look pretty disturbing. You may even feel self-conscious because you bruise so easily that you don’t remember how you got the wounds. With menopause support from Winona, you have the opportunity to take preventive action against health risks associated with the ever-decreasing hormones as we age. Read on.

Menopause and Clumsiness

# 15 Signs of Perimenopause

15 min read - October 28, 2021

As we age, our body starts producing less of the sex hormones progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone. This drop-in hormone can lead to major changes in your mind and body. Menopause occurs at about the age of 51 and when you have gone 12 months without a period. But there is an equally important phase before menopause - that phase is called perimenopause. You may have weird symptoms with perimenopause. The perimenopause symptoms with age are often poorly defined, and so are the signs that perimenopause is ending. Perimenopause has its own symptoms and signs that we should pay attention to. For many women, perimenopause symptoms are actually worse than menopause symptoms. It's best to unbuckle and get off the roller coaster of symptoms before menopause completely takes you for a ride. Read more.

15 Signs of Perimenopause

# Menopause in the Workplace

7 min read - October 14, 2021

Menopause in the workplace is discussed so little that most people are unaware of the impact it can have. Although nearly half of the world’s population will experience peri- and menopause, and one in four women will experience serious menopause symptoms, it is rarely addressed appropriately in work situations. The drop in hormones during menopause can have far-reaching effects. Relationships, workplace dynamics, and productivity often suffer during menopause. Read more.

Menopause in the Workplace

# Have a Better Menopause Experience

10 min read - October 08, 2021

Menopause is a word with a simple meaning, but many negative connotations. Menopause means the cessation of menstruation, but many women view it as the end of their youth and the beginning of aging into a less valuable person. As women, we need to be more open about menopause and identify that if ignored we could suffer larger health concerns and can significantly alter our quality of life. But there is so much misinformation and denial about the menopause experience, and the menopause transition, to overcome. 

Have a Better Menopause Experience

# Brain Fog and Menopause

10 min read - October 08, 2021

If you are like most women experiencing peri- and menopause, you might notice a decline in your cognitive performance with brain fog, confusion, or memory problems. As the hormone estrogen levels start to wane, so does its role in brain function. Scientists have long suspected that estrogen and progesterone play a role in brain fog and menopause. If you notice memory problems, don't automatically assume the worst. Instead, start collecting information about the lapses you're having.

Brain Fog and Menopause
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