Peri menopause is the time prior to menopause where women’s hormones begin to change. It can last from between 2-12 years and generally begins when a woman is in her 40’s.
Menopause and peri menopause seem to be “genetically programmed’ and it’s usually similar to the time period that your mother or grandmother went through “the change”.
Menstrual cycles may still be regular, but begin to taper off. It is normal for the cycle length to shorten to less than 25 days and for the bleed to be heavier and last longer.
A lot of symptoms generally associated with menopause also begin to show up during peri menopause, including the dreaded hot flush.
Here are 10 signs you may be in peri menopause:
- Reduce bladder tone, increased incontinence
- Increased body weight without changing diet or exercise
- Night sweats
- Sore, lumpy breasts
- Feeling of PMS
- Joint pain
- Histamine intolerance, hives or nasal congestion
- Fluid retention
- Increased anxiety
Why a lot of these symptoms are occurring is down to the fluctuations in your hormones. Unlike menopause, which has a decline in oestrogen, during peri menopause you have surges of more oestrogen, and this can be problematic for some women. It’s estimated 20% of women will have issues with peri menopausal symptoms, while others will coast through.
Is there stuff we can do to help naturally?? You bet!!
- The number one thing we want to do is support your liver so it can clear out all that excess oestrogen. We can do that by eating more broccoli and cabbage, or by taking specific supplements for oestrogen clearance.
- Consuming lots of phytoestrogens can help block the messages sent from the body’s excess oestrogen. So add more linseeds and organic soy into the diet.
- Eat more low GI foods: A diet that balances blood sugars may help regulate the emotional turmoil as well!
- Avoid dairy: Inflammatory foods like dairy can make symptoms worse.
- Utilise herbal medicine to help manage symptoms: Zizyphus or Sage for sweats, Withania for stress, or St Johns Wort for depression.
- Eat iron rich foods to help manage heavy periods. Iron deficiency may cause heavier periods.
- Practice self care: a busy woman in her 40’s can often forget about herself, and this lack of self care can become evident in her hormones! Have regular massage, attend yoga, spend time in nature, and take care of you.
- Reduce alcohol. This really impacts our hormone clearance and can make symptoms a lot worse than they need to be!
- Take magnesium. This little mineral will make a massive difference to cramps, sleep, mood, and headaches!
- Slow down. Sometimes these symptoms are a way of your body telling you to rest. Listen to yourself and acknowledge what your body needs.
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