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What Is Perimenopause?

Are you in your mid-thirties and experiencing problems such as unusual fatigue, cramping, difficulty sleeping or irregular periods?

These may be more than just a head cold. You may be experiencing perimenopause.

What Does Perimenopause Mean?

Perimenopause refers to the stage in a woman’s life during which her body begins to make the transition into menopause. During perimenopause, the ovaries produce less estrogen, progesterone levels decline and fertility levels drop. Perimenopause is normal. While every woman undergoes menopause, not every woman will experience the symptoms of perimenopause. Some woman transition to menopause without even knowing it.

Woman with hot flush

Although perimenopause starts several years before actual menopause, it possesses the same symptoms. These symptoms – annoying as they may be – can be managed with the proper supervision and support.

When Does Perimenopause Begin And How Long Does It Last?

In general, this phase of a woman’s life begins in her mid-thirties. That being said, some women experience it even earlier. Perimenopause lasts until a woman’s body goes into full-blown menopause mode – usually around the age of 51. Once you’ve gone a full year with no menstrual cycle, then you have graduated from perimenopause to menopause.

What Are The Symptoms Of Perimenopause?

Physical – Some symptoms of perimenopause resemble those of both menopause and menstrual cycles. If you regularly have any of the following issues, seeing a doctor is the best way to determine whether what you’re experiencing is indeed perimenopause.

  • Tenderness in your breasts
  • Hot flashes
  • Fatigue
  • Discomfort during intimacy
  • Dryness in the vaginal area
  • Irregular periods
  • Intense PMS
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Urine leakage and/or urgency

Emotional – Not all symptoms of perimenopause are physical; some affect your emotions, as well. Here are a few mental symptoms you might experience with perimenopause.

  • Mood swings
  • Low sex drive
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

It can be difficult to deal with the sudden onset of perimenopause symptoms, especially if you’re one of the unlucky women who is forced to deal with these symptoms earlier than expected. It’s important to talk to your doctor about not only your physical symptoms, but also about these emotional ones. After all, your mental health is just as important as your physical health.

What Can I Do To Relieve My Perimenopause Symptoms?

Although it may seem to be, it’s not impossible to manage your perimenopause symptoms and continue with your life. The first step is to talk to your doctor and take into consideration any advice he or she gives you. In addition, the following is a list of simple things you can do to help relieve your symptoms.

  • Stop smoking
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Get enough sleep
  • Exercise regularly
  • Take a multivitamin
  • See a therapist if your emotional symptoms get worse

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Another treatment option is hormone replacement therapy. Replacement hormones are one way to slow down, or reverse, declining muscle mass, decreased libido and lack of motivation. They can restore your hormone balance and relieve the symptoms of perimenopause.

Today, replacement hormones usually come in two forms: bioidentical and synthetic. Synthetic hormones are those created from man-made, chemical compounds. Bioidentical hormones, on the other hand, are created from plant-based sources. 

If you think bioidentical hormone replacement therapy could help you feel stronger, livelier, and more passionate, the first thing you need to do is have your hormone levels tested. A trusted doctor can determine how much your hormones may be imbalanced. They can then create a custom treatment plan to improve your health, energy levels, and peace of mind.

Download the Women's Guide to Hormonal Imbalances

How Can I Start Feeling Better?

If you’d like to participate in a program that offers relief from the symptoms of perimenopause, consider Matrix Age Management. Our program takes a preventative approach to health and aging, combining nutrition, exercise and hormone therapy to give you a better quality of life as you age.

It's designed to help you feel your best as you age, so you can make the most out of every day and not let anything slow you down. We also offer hormone testing and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy as a stand alone service.

To get in contact with our clinic, click the button below. Or call 806-352-1185 to schedule your appointment

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Tags: Hormones, Women's Health

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