Date: Sunday 19 March 2017
Current weight: 159 lbs (I continue to make assumptions as my scales are still in storage)
We all know that the struggle with weight is real and if I was to give advice to my younger self I would say
make sure that you get rid of any extra weight you are carrying by your 35th birthday”
Why? – because thirty five is the age when fertility doctors no longer accept a woman’s eggs for egg donation in the UK because they believe that the quality her eggs at this age have fallen off a cliff. The age of our eggs is relevant to weight loss because the sex hormones that have an effect on egg quality also affect weight gain amongst other things. The other fall women have to cope with is that of our hormone levels again from the age of 35 it would appear and by the age of 45 the decline becomes so steep that a lot of fertility doctors treating patients of that age will only offer IVF treatment with eggs donated from younger women. Women over 45 are assumed to be in the twilight zone otherwise known as peri-menopause and travelling rapidly towards the final destination called menopause which happens on average at the age of or 51 or 52 depending on what you read. Menopause is confirmed once a woman has not had a period for 12 months.
Apparently 90% of women will struggle with weight gain between the ages of 35 and 55 and while good nutrition and appropriate exercise helps, the odds are not stacked in our favour. At the moment I feel like no matter how hard I exercise and diet, my body is engaged in a peri-menopausal civil war against me and would if it could convert the water I drink into fat in a desperate bid to source extra oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone and any other hormone that would enable my body run more efficiently. I have an unflattering cortisol belt which I believe I have acquired from years of career and life related stress. The belt has reduced in size and changed shape for the better but it looks like it would like to hang around for good. Obviously I am not happy about that prospect at all.
I was watching a re-run of a reunion of The Housewives of Beverly Hills and noticed that when Lisa Vanderpump asked Yolanda whether she was experiencing depression related to menopause, Yolanda confirmed that she was on HRT and to that end was not experiencing any menopausal symptoms including depression. As most of the housewives are within or close to the age bracket to experience a drop in female hormones I wonder whether most of them are on hormone replacement therapy and if yes, what are they on? The Housewives are all slim and seem to be physically fit and I wonder how they achieve this with such busy lives.
I understand also that it is not a good idea to be on HRT even those of the natural variety sometimes called Bio-identical HRT for more than 5 years and that at the end of the 5 years women then have to face the symptoms of menopause that they avoided by going on HRT in the first place except that at this point such women are 5 years older and the symptoms feel at least 10 times worse. At the current time I am tempted to try Bio–identical HRT just to blast off my cortisol belt.
What would you do?
Until next time it’s