Testosterone is NOT a male hormone, us girls produce it as well, just in smaller amounts. From puberty, androgens or male hormones are produced in equal amounts in both our adrenals and our ovaries and a lesser amount by hormones in our bloodstream. Testosterone helps to build and maintain muscle…


Progesterone is only produced when we ovulate. It is the hormone that keeps oestrogen in check, either supporting if there isn’t enough or calming it down it if there’s too much. We can have low levels of oestrogen, but if it’s high in relation to our progesterone we can still…


Known as the ‘female hormone’ oestrogen is actually made from male hormones, and men produce it too in small amounts. There is not one single hormone called oestrogen, our bodies produce three different types — oestradiol, oestrone and oestriol.

Oestradiol is the strongest oestrogen and is produced by the ovaries…


If you don’t know the difference between the Perimenopause, Menopause and Postmenopause, you are not alone. Many women have never heard of the Perimenopause and are not aware that there is a Postmenopause. Read on and I shall explain all.

We can split a women’s hormonal journey into thirds. The…


Two years ago I read a fantastic book called Wild Power which gave me an understanding and a new found respect for my menstrual cycle.

I was a late starter. My periods started on a hot, Saturday afternoon in July 1985, I was 15. I had been waiting so long…


The Merry Menopause

Why I Started The Merry Menopause

The menopause has been on my radar for a few years. Until recently it’s been a jokey reference amongst friends. If you happened to mention that you were feeling a bit warm, “must be the menopause” would be a light-hearted response. Recently, however, it’s…


Whilst a student in the 80’s I became a vegetarian, a financial rather than ethically driven decision. I preferred to spend my cash on booze and fags, and so chose to live on dehydrated food. …


Built on the coast, surrounded by vineyards and blessed with a temperate climate, Lisbon has an abundance of high quality, locally sourced ingredients, and some of the finest seafood in the world. It produces and attracts outstanding and innovative chefs, who continue to elevate the foundations of the traditional cuisine…


Happy New Year! I hope you’ve been fortunate enough to escape this year’s seasonal epidemic, a cough of epic proportions. To my knowledge, it has forced a generous percentage of the local population to take to their sofa’s for “Netflix and ill. I swear by dosing myself up with overly…

Jo Fuller

I am a freelance lifestyle writer and columnist living and working in my home town of Brighton, UK. You can read more of my work at www.jofullerlife.com

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