Are You in Perimenopause?
What is it?
Perimenopause is when a woman’s body makes less and less of estrogen and progesterone, the hormones that control your period. Once you’ve missed your period 12 months in a row, you’ve likely hit menopause and no longer can get pregnant. But how do you know when you’re in perimenopause? It usually starts when a women are in her 40’s but can happen when your in your 30’s and sometimes earlier.
Common symptoms you may experience when you reach perimenopause include the following. As always if you have if you’re in perimenopause consult your physician.
You may have changes in your period.
Your period may be heavier or lighter than usual. It may also be longer or shorter than what you’ve typically experienced in the past. Some women even experience more severe PMS symptoms during perimenopause.
Because of the drop in the hormone progesterone. If your periods are heavier, it may be because the lining of your uterus is thicker before it’s shed.
We’ve all heard about women complaining about hot flashes. Some women will experience heavy sweating during perimenopause while others barely suffer hot flashes at all. You also can try to avoid common hot flash triggers like warm temperatures, hot drinks, and spicy food.
During perimenopause your body produces less estrogen, your tissue may become thinner and drier. This can cause soreness, and pain during sex, which may put a damper on your sex drive. Good news, regular sex can help keep that tissue toned and healthy.
Changes in your hormones and night sweats can wreak havoc on a good night rest. Healthy sleep habits, such as a regular schedule, going to bed and waking up at the same time every night can help. Meditation might also help in getting a good night sleep.
Are you okay one minute, and happy, angry or crying the next? Does this sound familiar? During perimenopause, your moods are changing like the flip of a light switch, with usually no warning. The crazy minute to minute flip-flop of emotions is often a sign that your hormones are out of whack and you are in the middle of perimenopause.
No one said being women was a breeze and going through perimenopause is just an example. The good news is there are a few things you can do help minimize the symptoms.
- Exercise Regularly
- Stop Smoking
- Get good sleeping habits.
- Drink less alcohol.
- Get to a healthy weight.
- Get enough calcium in your diet.
- Talk to your physician about any supplements that may help ease the symptoms.
To learn more about Perimenopause and read a few books to educate yourself on this stage of life. They may hold the secret to easing your symptoms and making your perimenopause journey a more enjoyable one.