If you are in your 40’s and have started to experience hot flashes, sleep disturbance and weight gain, along with changes in your menstrual cycle, you might be wondering:
Is this menopause already?
Well……it’s likely notmenopause, but instead the often uncomfortable, rollercoaster years that lead up to menopause, called perimenopause.
Perimenopause begins with the first irregularities in the menstrual cycle and ends when you’ve gone one year without a period. You might begin seeing changes in your mid-to-late 40s, although some women experience symptoms earlier.
Perimenopause is a hormonal transition period that may last years, with a high rate of variability in the experience from woman to woman.
While we tend to associate hot flashes, depression and weight gain with low estrogen, perimenopause is actually a time of wildly fluctuating estrogen levels that lead to an array of symptoms.
The Perimenopause Rollercoaster
After 40, ovarian function naturally declines. Eventually, women stop ovulating with every cycle and cycles will become irregular. During the cycles where you don’t ovulate, you won’t have the progesterone production to balance out estrogen levels, creating an estrogen dominant situation.
When estrogen levels are high, or high in relationship to progesterone, women can experience:
This pattern of estrogen dominance with some cycles, but not with others, certainly feels like a rollercoaster and describes what the first phase of perimenopause feels like.
As time goes on, cycles will become longer (over 60 days), and although you may continue to have high estrogen symptoms with some cycles, you’ll have more time where estrogen levels are low. You might experience:
During the reproductive years estrogen fluctuates on a predictable monthly schedule, but perimenopause feels all over the place! Symptoms may be made worse by excess weight, stress, a poor diet, endocrine disrupting chemicals and other lifestyle habits.
So, what is a woman to do?
How Pueraria Mirifica Supports Perimenopause
Instead of being taken on this hormonal roller coaster against your will….. Some simple lifestyle strategies can support your body and allow for ease into the perimenopause transition.
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