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Some women breeze through perimenopause and never have a symptom, whereas others have a horrid time. Rob Bayer/Shutterstock

Chemical messengers: how hormones change through menopause

Every woman who reaches midlife will experience menopause when her ovaries eventually run out of eggs. So what's happening with her hormones?
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Chemical messengers: how pregnancy hormones affect the body

Multiple hormones produced by the mother, placenta and the foetus drive and coordinate the amazing biological changes and development of the baby that occur with conception, foetal growth and birth.
Some women are very sensitive to small shifts in hormones, others aren’t. Petras Gagilas/flickr

Chemical messengers: how hormones affect our mood

In recent times, we have learnt more about the connections between the “reproductive” or gonadal hormones and the brain, and how they affect not only women but men as well.
The activities we do during the day – from having a fight with a partner to using our iPhones at night – also affect our hormone levels and, in turn, our quality of sleep. Jan Faukner/Shutterstock

Chemical messengers: how hormones help us sleep

Sleep allows many of our hormones to replenish so we have the optimal energy, immunity, appetite and coping ability to face the day’s highs and lows.

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