Navigating Perimenopause- How do I know if I am in Perimenopause?

How do you know if you are in Perimenopause? It’s a good question. And importantly when you should start expecting to watch out for changes in your body that are a sign of perimenopause?

The very fact that you typed “How do I know if I am in perimenopause” into Google, shows that it’s time as a society that we started chatting about what happens to a women’s body and mind once she reaches the golden old, ripe age of 35. Yes, you did read that right. I said 35.

Now you don’t have to be as old as your mother, or getting around the house in your purple slippers and bathrobe to have your body start changing. Your body just has to decide it is time.

Specifically, it doesn’t give a hoot if you are having the time of your life in your 30s with your life waist deep in toddler time sessions at the local church hall; if you’ve finally got the kids into highschool and all settled, or you are in your 50s and they’ve finally left the house.

It’s quite inconvenient like that. It will decide when it wants to. And there is nothing you can do but hang on for the ride and get yourself informed about the changes. And then tell all your friends.

So if you’ve come across my blog for the first time, then welcome. My name is Katische and I have been blogging since 2011 sporadically. I’m the mother of two tweenagers and have two cute 9 year old twinnies along for the ride as part of my relationship.

Well in my mind I write one just about every day, but then I look online and it seems it’s been 6 months or a year. Where does the time go?

I’ve been blogging since my separation and divorce, then the death of my father. We’ve covered travel, terminal illness, anxiety and dating, and how to use essential oils on this blog and now we’re going to talk about perimenopause.

I’ve only heard of Menopause- what’s the Perimenopause thing all about then?

Perimenopause means, the phase leading up to Menopause, or the end of your period forever. Yes. Forever. As in you never need to go to the shops and buy a pad, menstrual cup or bloody tampons again. Aren’t you relieved at the sound of that?

It’s also the time that your body starts to prepare for this by decreasing the production of estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Oh and your body starts to reduce the production of Melatonin as well (meaning it’s harder to go to sleep). And well, your hormones are basically all over the shop and you can feel like, well you are going crazy.

Except you aren’t. I promise. You’re just experiencing changes in your temporal lobe and limbic system that are as dramatic as that child of yours who is going through puberty at the same time you are going through Perimenopause. Convenient right?

How did I know I was in Perimenopause?

Wondering how to know if you are in perimenopause? This is how I figured it out.

There are over 35 different symptoms of Perimenopause, so don’t be surprised if your experience is different to mine. You may never experience hot flushes/hot flashes (you lucky thing), or flooding periods. Each woman’s experience is unique- which is why it is so bloody confusing and fascinating at the same time.

There’s one thing that is clear though. Your body will be very clear about it. And you don’t need a blood test or a doctor to diagnose it. Sure, you can go to the doctor, please do, however, your hormone levels change on a daily basis, so there is never a clear answer until you have not had a period for 12 months (and no baby was produced during this absence of blood). By then you are actually in menopause.

Symptoms of Perimenopause

Are you ready. Here we go:

Headaches, nausea, irritability, ANGER, forgetfulness, forgetting specific words, general vagueness, bloating, weight gain, depression, ANXIETY, social anxiety, vaginal dryness, UTI, recurring thrush, loss of libido, hot flushes, irregular periods, flooding (bleeding), flat mood- not able to get excited about anything, spotting, inability to deal with anything or anyone who has been driving you crazy, and let’s not forget the desire to say Fuck Off to everyone, regularly!

So today I have committed to keeping you in the loop weekly about what’s happening in my perimenopause world. I hope that you will see this first vlog, taken from my private facebook group and come on over and join us. 

My first Perimenopause Vlog

This video is a quick update to my facebook group. But it’s an example of my commitment to starting the discussion, and I hope you will join us.

What would you like to know about Perimenopause and Menopause? Comment below or share your story and let’s get this discussion out in the open.

For my other blogs about perimenopause and my workshop and coffee or wine catch up groups, visit this page.

Blue Lotus Absolute

The history of the Blue Lotus flower

The blue lotus flower is a rare and precious flower steeped in Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Babylonian and Indian history and mythology.

The Blue Lotus flower (Nymphaea Caerulea) originally grew on the river Nile. In this time, it flooded and filled the river with richer soils and silt. However, these days the river does not flood and thus the Blue Lotus no longer has the conditions it requires to bloom.

It was a flower of great significance to the Egyptians, who were known to mix it with wine. If you want to delve deeply into the practices you can google “Entheogens- Ancient Egypt”. Below is a quick summary of the who’s who in less than a minute.

King Tutankhamen and Blue Lotus

When Tutankhamen’s tomb was excavated and his coffin opened, they found his mummy with a gold mask with a collar containing Blue Lotus, and upon opening this, his body was covered in the flowers as well.

Harry Burton’s photo of King Tutenkahmen’s mummy with Gold Mask with a collar containing Blue Lotus – 1925.
Floral collar from Tutankhamun’s embalming cacheDepartment: Egyptian ArtCulture/Period/Location: 1336–1327 B.C.

The Cult Of Nefertem

According to Encyclopedia Britancia, Nefertem was most commonly represented holding a scimitar with a falcon’s head and wearing a headdress of a lotus with a menat (ritual necklace counterpoise) on each side and a pair of plumes above.

Egyptian tomb wall-painting, circa 1826

Phrasikleia- Priestess of the Blue Lotus- Greece 540BC

By 540bc Phrasikleia was known as the Priestess of the Blue Lotus- all the way over in Greece.

By I, Sailko, CC BY 2.5,

Properties of Blue Lotus Absolute

Blue Lotus Absolute can be worn as a perfume. As a floral, it has emotionally relaxing properties. Other qualities and historical uses include:

  • It is known as an emotional healer and is specifically used to help release old emotional trauma.
  • It assists in providing a change of perspective
  • Users have felt a divine presence as a result and an “initiation” feeling when used in meditation.
  • Use before bed, it encourages you to “dream in living colour”
  • It has subtle aphrodisiac/seductive qualities which can be enhanced by layering with Jasmine Absolute and other sensual essential oils.
  • Total Chakra balance is achieved with the application of this absolute
  • It has sedative properties and is useful in managing stress and anxiety

Spiritual Message of Blue Lotus

The Blue Lotus is a symbol of awakening. It brings to us a sacred message of the pricelessness of this incarnation- this human life.

It helps us to remember who we are and to be who we are meant to be. It reminds us that the time is now.

If you are a healer or lightworker, then this absolute is a must for you.

Vibration of Blue Lotus Absolute

Blue Lotus vibrates at a higher resonance than Rose essential oil. It is 400Mhz in comparison to 320mhz!

What is an Absolute?

Blue Lotus is an absolute not an essential oil. Absolutes are similar to essential oils but they are created through a different process than the making of essential oil.

Absolutes are used for the most delicate of plant material- flowers like Jasmine – for example, can not endure the steam distillation process.

To create a solvent, the Blue Lotus flowers are placed in a shallow tray and washed with a solvent (like alcohol, methanol or ethanol). This process breaks the essential oil from the plant and is then filtered to remove the Blue Lotus plant material. A waxy substance known as a “concrete” is produced, and this concrete is further processed with another solvent, usually ethanol. The pressure in the equipment is then reduced to allow the solvent to evaporate- leaving the “absolute”.

Absolutes contain both aromatic and non-aromatic compounds and are extracted using solvents- so thus some of the solvents remain in the end product.

How much does it take to make Blue Lotus Absolute?

According to Emily Wright of doTERRA, the “delicate blue blossoms are picked from the water lily plants in the early morning hours while in full bloom”.

I tonne of Blue Lotus flowers = 1 litre of absolute

How can I purchase Blue Lotus Absolute?

At the moment Blue Lotus Absolute is only available in a rollerball diluted with fractionated coconut oil, as a part of the “Precious Florals Kit”.

Precious Florals Kit

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Blue Lotus is being released for a limited time only, as a part of the Precious Florals collection by doTERRA in time for Mother’s day. The collection will be initially released in the USA only, and then later in Australia.

The launch on April 1 will be $68USD for the set of 5 4ml rollerballs including Neroli, Jasmine, Rose, Magnolia and Blue Lotus. Emily Wright from doTERRA recommends

” Try layering these gorgeous petals with one another and with Sandalwood, Vetiver, Patchouli or Frankincense for an intoxicating natural perfume.”

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams,” as my mind and heart is opened to new possibilities as I breathe in her beautiful aroma. 

At $68 wholesale (50PV) or $90.67 retail this collection is as economical as it is beautiful! There will be a limit of four per account so we can spread the love! 

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Your bestie would have texted you this deal.

A collection of essential oils for perimenopause and menopause.

48 hours only, Australia and NZ only.

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essential oils for perimenopause

I’ve written on this post how you can use these magical oils in perimenopause and menopause.

All of the rollerballs in this image are not usually available- they normally are only available as bottles of essential oil- so this is a limited time offer! Being in a rollerball means they are diluted with fractionated coconut oil- so it is safe to use even if you have skin sensitivities.

How do I use these essential oils for Perimenopause and menopause?

Balance and Serenity and Motivate:

Roll on the bottoms of your feet and then on your pulse points. Serenity is best for before bed to help you go to sleep but also can be used if you wake in the middle of the night with insomnia.

Balance is great for anxious feelings. Take it with you everywhere.

You can also use both Balance and Serenity and Motivate instead of your usual perfume- it’s much better for your body- no toxic chemicals! Chemicals are hormone disrupters which makes it even harder for your body to go through perimenopause and menopause.

The Helichrysum is very hand to have around the house in case you chop your finger- it is known as liquid stitches and we have certainly put it to the test in our family!

I save it for this use- however, a lot of ladies like to use it on their face as a part of their beauty routine. It’s also good for bruising.

Motivate is an energizing and uplifting blend. It helps you when you are feeling low in both energy and mood. Lots of citrus oils to boost you- citrus is known to both reduce cortisol and thus stress and also help lift mood.

If you don’t have a doTERRA account yet go to then click on wholesale to get this price of $126.40 AUD. You will need to add a membership kit ($35) which gives you 12 months wholesale price access- just like Costco.

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How to use Magnolia Essential Oil in Perimenopause and Menopause

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Wondering how to use Magnolia essential oil to help you in Perimenopause and Menopause? It’s easy- Magnolia essential oil is a beautiful oil that you can wear as a perfume that is calming to the nervous system.

The Linalool content of Magnolia essential oil (it’s about 70%) will help alleviate any anxious feelings that you may have as a result of the changes in your limbic system.

You are not alone! An increase in feelings of anxiousness is the number one emotional change experienced by women going through perimenopause and menopause.

As the production of your hormones fluctuates- these fluctuations in the levels of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone cause changes in the brain- in particular the limbic system- which is the emotional control center of your body.

Because progesterone is a woman’s ‘calming’ hormone, with less of it around, it makes complete sense that we may feel more overwhelmed and easily stressed, anxious, edgy, and short-tempered. In many women, this leads to symptoms such as tension headaches, palpitations, digestive issues and more – and, in some cases, full-blown panic disorder. 

Sarah Rayner

To learn more about the changes in your body in perimenopause- can I recommend my Facebook group– or taking my online course?

Magnolia Essential Oil:

doTERRA Magnolia essential oil is sourced in China from the white champaca or white jade orchid tree. These flowers are used in traditional Chinese health practices to create balance in the body.

Magnolia essential oil is steam distilled from the petals of the flower. The blossoms can be harvested twice a year, but like Jasmine and Rose, Magnolia flowers do not have a high yield.

The doTERRA Magnolia Essential Oil Rollerball comes pre-diluted with fractionated coconut oil. It is safe and effective to apply directly to your face and body.

Did I mention it smells amazing?

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In this video, I explain how and why you can use aromatherapy and essential oils to help with anxiety.

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Painful sex during Perimenopause and Menopause

If you’re over 35 and sex has become painful, you’re not alone. Painful sex during perimenopause and menopause is, unfortunately, a very common reality for many women. And no, it’s not your fault because “you’re not turned on”, it’s biological- there’s a scientific reason for it.

This video is the perspective of a young woman who had painful sex due to endometriosis- but the feeling is similar for women who have low estrogen during perimenopause and menopause.

Estrogen or rather a lack of it is to blame.

Women’s Estrogen levels drop 35% between the age of 35 and 50 and this results in vaginal dryness and thinned lining of the vaginal tissues. For some women this just makes sex feel rough and uncomfortable, for others it’s painful and can even feel like shards of glass.

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What can I do about painful sex during perimenopause and menopause?

Communicate with your partner. They have to be aware of the issue so that they understand. It’s helpful to ensure that you have a natural lubricant beside the bed. A natural lubricant made with therapeutic grade pure essential oils will not only assist with the irritation but help improve it.

Please don’t use KY or any chemical-based lubricant from the supermarket as it will only irritate the situation.

Ingredients of commercial KY Lubricant:

Need we say more? That stuff needs to stay away from your vulva and vagina.

Natural Vaginal Lubricant

  • Fractionated Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil or Apricot Kernel Oil
    (use 2 parts aloe vera gel, one part coconut oil ) eg 2 tablespoons aloe vera and 1 tablespoon coconut oil.
  • Roman Chamomile,
  • Lavender,
  • Frankincense,
  • Sandalwood,
  • Geranium (or Rose)

According to licensed Psychologist and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist in Los Angeles DrShannon Chavez Qureshi, PsyD, CST– when choosing a carrier oil for use with your lubricant:

  • Jojoba oil helps provide moisture and strengthens skin and tissues.
  • Apricot Kernel Oil is rich in essential fatty acids like oleic and linoleic acid, and high in vitamin A. Since it easily penetrates the skin, it is a good oil for moisturizing.

The lubricant can be used at any time that you feel dry- not just before, during or after sex.

What else should I do to avoid painful sex?

Please ensure you are not exposing yourself to soap. You don’t need to wash your vagina or vulva.

And make sure your undies are made from a breathable fabric such as cotton or bamboo or have a breathable gusset.

Do your vaginal exercises to get the blood flowing! (free pelvic floor exercise guide)

Watch this video- you’ll learn a lot about your pelvic floor- it’s not just something that you need to think about immediately after you have a baby!

Join our Perimenopause and Menopause Online Community

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Ready to feel better? Shop now for fractionated coconut oil and the essential oils mentioned above, to help reduce the pain you experience during sex.

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The secret reason your libido is decreasing in Perimenopause and Menopause

Everyone agrees that a healthy consensual sexual life is a cornerstone of a happy and healthy relationship.

But what happens when you hit perimenopause and your libido drops and you don’t feel like having sex anymore?

How is your relationship going to survive when you just want to turn off the light and go to sleep and they are ready for a little action under the sheets?

Should you just let it be, and deal with the silent treatment and hope that in time they will understand that sex just doesn’t seem all that important to you anymore, or should you do something about it?

Are you worried that your partner will not accept your loss of libido, and might go and have an affair? (not a good reason for an affair by the way- you must be open and communicate with them the reason for your loss of libido, it is important that they understand that you still love them, and that the lack of desire is a part of what your body is experiencing.)

If any of these thoughts are waking you up in the middle of the night, and you just don’t know what to do, then read on to understand the surprising reason why your libido is reducing and the two most effective ways of enhancing your libido in perimenopause and menopause.

Your testosterone levels are to blame for your decrease in libido during perimenopause.

Yes, you read that right. Testosterone.

Every woman and man produces the sex hormone Testosterone. For women, your ovaries produce both testosterone and estrogen.

Relatively small quantities of testosterone are released into your bloodstream by the ovaries and adrenal glands, and the rest is from your peripheral tissues.

However, the bad news is that testosterone production rapidly drops after 25.

25!!! Yes, and that means by the time you are in your 40s and 50s, it’s on a downhill rollercoaster ride. So if you think it’s something that you can “deal with later”, then you will really be fighting an uphill battle, once testosterone production levels are at an all-time low.

Symptoms associated with low testosterone in perimenopause and menopause:

Some of the symptoms associated with low testosterone in women include:

What can I do about the drop in Testosterone? Can I increase it?

I’m afraid not. You can, however, address your desire and sexual mindset and alleviate any pain or discomfort associated with painful sex. You have to encourage sex to retain the desire.

How do I increase my sexual desire when my Testosterone is declining?

The good news is there are two easy ways to increase your sexual desire:

  • Use aromatherapy- in pre-sex massage, in a diffuser and as a pure-fume
  • Take an Ashwagandha supplement (I recommend Mito 2 Max)

How can essential oils and aromatherapy help with my desire, when my testosterone levels are low?

The good news is essential oils and aromatherapy are a very effective and timeless proven method of stimulating desire and helping the body and mind to become aroused.

  • Reduce anxious feelings and fear of intimate relationships and sexual performance.
  • Increase feelings of relaxation
  • Calm emotions that block arousal
  • Increase blood flow to sexual organs
  • Increase feelings of connectedness
  • Enhance lubrication and reduce vaginal dryness (please understand this is by using ESSENTIAL OILS in a lubricant to address the issue- not diffusing)
  • Enhance your overall sexual experience
  • Perfect for those with physical touch or acts of service as a love language. Have you read Gary Chapman’s book, “The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts”It could be a game-changer for your relationship when you truly understand you and your partner’s real love language.

Which essential oils should I use?

  • Rose- powerful healer of the heart
  • Jasmine- stimulates sympathetic nervous system; oil of sexual purity and balance
  • Geranium – oil of love and trust
  • Ylang Ylang- aphrodisiac
  • Cinnamon- spices it up
  • Black Pepper- the oil of unmasking
  • Sandalwood/Patchouli/Myrrh/Neroli- increases sexual desire

How do I use the essential oils?

The key to using essential oils for desire is to create an intention and use the oils specifically- incorporating them into your sexual routine.

  • Massage your partner before sex, to get them and you into the mood!
  • Put on your diffuser with a proven tried and tested sexy blend to boost desire
  • Wear an aromatic blend during the day and leading up to sex

Sexual Desire Aromatic blend for him:

  • 3 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 1 drop wild orange
  • 2 drops Rose or Geranium
  • Make this blend up and ask him to wear it. He should adorn himself on the back of his neck, feet and wrists – he can blend the oils together with a carrier oil, or apply undiluted if you do not have sensitive skin.

Sexual desire Aromatic blend for her:

  • 1 drop Ylang Ylang
  • 1 drop wild orange
  • 1 drop Rose or Geranium
  • 1 drop Lavender
  • 1 drop Sandalwood

Ignite the fire of passion Massage blend:

  • 4 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 4 drops Black Pepper
  • ¼ cup fractionated coconut oil

This blend is sizzling! It warms your skin and lights the fire of passion within!

Massage firmly on the thighs, inner thighs and bottom.

Do NOT skip the fractionated coconut oil, as black pepper is a HOT essential oil and it will cause skin sensitivities and potentially inflame and burn the skin.

Having said that, if your partner is having trouble getting excited and stimulated in their genital region, this blend will help!

Do not use directly on the genital region- just your inner thighs.

Hot Tip: Fractionated Coconut Oil is non-greasy and does not stain your sheets!

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Need more help?

Please remember if you are experiencing painful sex, no amount of aromatherapy or foreplay is going to change that! You need to address the lubrication issue- which is HORMONAL. So please read this blog.

For additional aromatic blends including diffuser blends and other approaches to increasing desire, visit my Thrive in Perimenopause Course.

We have a whole module on libido and examine the role of affirmations and sexual mindset, our definition of what sexy is, how you can use steroid creams, how to pleasure your partner and how it is different to what you think, and how to use love languages to create lasting desire.

Please note that both men and women experience a decrease in the production of Testosterone as they age, so in no way is this post “blaming” women for the decrease in sexuality in a relationship.

The same principles can be applied for men who are experiencing a decrease in sexual arousal due to a decrease in the levels of testosterone in their body.

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The best summer drinks to keep you cool

Summer’s almost here.

If you’re anything like me, you drink a lot during summer. But it can be boring to drink the same old thing, and you can end up consuming a lot of wasted calories when you drink soft drinks, and cordials, and iced teas and sports drinks.

One way to get around this is to use pure essential oils as your flavouring. Because they are created purely from the plant themselves, there is nothing but goodness. And no extra calories!

You can use essential oils in a glass of water, sparkling mineral water or soda, or in a number of different drinks. Think Lassi’s smoothies. slushies, lemonades, spritzes… the options are endless.

To save you time from searching with Mr Google, I’ve created a recipe book with some amazing summertime drinks for you. You can drink them as they are, or, some of them can have a mixer added to them for a weekend vibe.

Download now!

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Need essential oils?

If you’re low on essential oils, don’t have any, or have been using a store-bought brand, can I recommend doTERRA essential oils for their purity- and the fact that they label which essential oils can be used for flavouring purposes. After all, the last thing you want to do is infuse your drinks with a chemical concoction!

What is Progesterone?

Progesterone is a female sex hormone. It’s produced mainly in the ovaries following ovulation each month. It’s a crucial part of the menstrual cycle and maintenance of pregnancy.

During Perimenopause and Menopause, or levels of production of our sex hormones decreases dramatically. For Perimenopausal women, Progesterone is the first hormone to decrease in the greatest proportion.

Without progesterone to complement it, estrogen may become the dominant hormone. This may cause symptoms including:

  • Weight gain
  • Decreased sex drive, mood swings, and depression
  • PMS, irregular menstrual cycle, heavy bleeding
  • Breast tenderness, fibrocystic breasts
  • Fibroids
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Fuzzy thinking
  • Irritability
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Water retention
  • PMS
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Reclaim your life

Perimenopause and Menopause can often be a deeply unsettling time for women. For some, who have already gone through a dark night of the soul, it can be a time of final decluttering and stripping down to the bare bones all things that are no longer needed.

For those women, it is deeply satisfying, invigorating and a confirmation of all that is right with their direction.

For others, the changes in your limbic system (the emotional regulator of your brain) is like stirring the bottom of a crystal clear lake, only to find the bottom is brown and murky and is coming to the surface.

If we are honest with ourselves and realise that this is THE major chance in life to reevaluate where we are, and what we want for ourselves, then this can be akin to planting the lake with the most amazing lotus flowers. They will settle the water, purify it and produce the most amazing and peaceful blooms.

But only if we do the work.

As Clarissa points out, the women that reclaim their life are the ones who reap the rewards. And we all know that when a woman feels alive, she lights up the world around her, and the whole world benefits.

Take the time to know yourself. Learn about the changes in your body. 

Go on. Go to, check out the blogs, and the link to my facebook group and enroll yourself in my Thrive in Perimenopause and Menopause course.

Design a life for you, by you.

What is Estrogen?

What is Estrogen?

  • Estrogens are a group of sex hormones that promote the development and maintenance of female characteristics in the human body.
  • They play an essential role in the growth and development of female secondary sexual characteristics, such as breasts, pubic and armpit hair, and the regulation of the menstrual cycle and reproductive system.
  • During the menstrual cycle, estrogen produces an environment suitable for the fertilization, implantation, and nutrition of an early embryo.
  • The ovaries are the main location for estrogen production but they are also produced in the hypothalamus in the brain.

What happens to Estrogen production during Perimenopause and Menopause?

  • During the phase of transition from perimenopause to menopause, there is a larger drop in progesterone as compared to estrogen. This increased estrogen to progesterone ratio is a major player in the symptoms women experience.
  • At menopause, there is relatively high estrogen compared to progesterone.

Want to learn more?

If you would like to learn more about Perimenopause and Menopause visit our Perimenopause page or facebook group.

or, you can enroll in my Thrive in Perimenopause and Menopause online course!

Difference Perimenopause Menopause

What is the difference between Perimenopause and Menopause?

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Are you wondering what the difference between Perimenopause and Menopause are? It’s most likely that you are confused by the terminology and trying to understand what most relates to where you are in life right now.

Never fear, Katische is here 😉

There are three terms that are thrown around in relation to women’s hormonal stages: Perimenopause, Menopause and Post Menopause.

To be honest, it is as simple as asking the question: Do you still get your period at all? If you do, you are Perimenopausal. If you haven’t had one for 12 months or more, we can retrospectively classify you as Menopausal.

Post-Menopausal is anything after that (not really a helpful term if you ask me). So let’s clarify that as – you haven’t had your period for such a long time, that you no longer even think about it.

Right, let’s be a bit more specific and get into what’s happening in your body during these periods of time.


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How familiar are you with your uterus? You’d be surprised how many women don’t really understand their reproductive system- so it makes it quite difficult to understand what is going on during perimenopause.

Here’s a diagram for you to help you understand the changes that you experience when your body transitions into perimenopause. These changes are a result of the reduction in the production of your sex hormones, and in future posts, I will go through a lot of the symptoms that women experience as a result.

If you’d like to know more head to or join our facebook group or you can take my online perimenopause course 🙂


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What is Menopause? 

Menopause starts officially 12 months AFTER your last period. This can be medically induced menopause or natural. There is no “set” age for Menopause. Once you are in Menopause, there is 0% chance of falling pregnant as your body is no longer capable of this. Therefore, in my opinion, you should no longer be on any form of contraception.


(Naturally, you still need protection from sexually transmitted disease- I know- try telling that to any male in his 40s or 50s).

I firmly believe that if you are on contraception in Menopause you should be talking to your women’s health specialist about coming off contraception and managing your hormones naturally. 

You are of course, perfectly entitled to disagree with me, it is your body. Do your research, find out the options, enroll in my course and learn how to manage your body yourself.