Perimenopause can last up to 10 years before you reach menopause. Menopause is reached when your menstrual cycle completely stops. Your body will go through many changes during this period. Not all women experience the same symptoms, some will experience more than others. It’s how your body reacts and at what your level of hormones are.
- Cravings for sweets and carbohydrates
- Depression-mood swings-irritability-anxiety
- insomnia-restless sleep
- Loss of desire-Vaginal dryness
- Digestive issues
- Stiffness-joint pain
- Urinary dysfunction
- Unwanted hair growth
- Irregular periods
- Itchy skin
These are signs of hormonal imbalance or metabolic damage due to stress, poor diet, and other factors. You may have already experienced one or two of these symptoms and never thought of perimenopause or menopause.
In your late 30’s, egg supply to your ovaries begin to decline. Ovaries can produce too much or too little estrogen/progesterone levels. You may notice PMS symptoms that you never had before. Your menstrual cycles will become shorter and this can continue 2-10 years before your cycle ends.
Six months to a year before you period stops, your estrogen levels starts to drop. After a certain point, your cycle will stop. After one year of no periods, you reach menopause.
During the first year after menopause, your estrogen level continues to drop. Hot flashes and insomnia may or may not continue. When hormone level reach a certain point, then symptoms stop. Women with very low estrogen levels will experience symptoms much longer.
Menopause is a natural process for the female body. If symptoms are mild, then try a home treatment. You can take a high grade multivitamin made for women. Try more calcium/magnesium, and a fatty acid supplement. Plants and herbs can naturally change your hormonal imbalance. Increase the vegetables and fruits in your diet. Find healthy sources of fats and proteins.
Exercise and stress reduction are key to a healthier you. Always keep in contact with your doctor about your health issues.
Take time out from all that’s going on in your life, and put your health first.