Perimenopause, or pre-menopause is a transitional stage of two to ten years before complete cessation of the menstrual period. Its average duration is six years, and can appear in women from 35 to 50 years of age. This has not been a stage of women's lives much talked about, and a woman can find herself experiencing puzzling changes, and not know why. What is actually going on is a gradual decrease of estrogen. The manifestations of perimenopause can vary. Here are some of the most commonly reported ones:
The following are symptoms women have reported. This information is not intended as a substitute for talking with your health professional.
Menstrual cycles become shorter, longer, or unpredictable
Flow becomes heavier or lighter
Low blood sugar
Fatigue several days before menstruation
Decreased sex drive
Headaches - from mild to migraines with aura and visual distortions
Dry and/or itchy vulva, clitoris
Increased incidence of yeast infections
What to do? First of all, recognize that this is not a disease process, but a natural phenomenon. Talk to women your age or older, and compare notes. See what they experience, and find out what helped to make it easier for them.
If you find yourself frequently light-headed, experiencing headaches or fatigue, stabilize your blood sugar by eating at regular intervals. Do not skip meals - especially breakfast.
Consider natural supplements. These are said to work wonders for many women, and do not have the side effects or high cost of medications. Add one supplement per month to your diet so you can observe its effects. By this sort of experimentation you can find out what combination really does or doesn't work for you.
This is a natural herb that has been taken by Asian women for hundreds of years. Asian women have very few complaints of menopausal discomfort compared to Western women. Dong Quai is like a female ginseng, considered an overall sexual tonic, and to said to regulate the hormonal and menstrual cycle, relieving the complaints of perimenopause. This herb can make your menstrual flow heavier, so it's best to abstain from it during the week of your period.
These are natural plant
substances that mimic the effects of estrogen without the
side effects of synthetic estrogen. Of these, the source
said to be the most potent is soy. The fact that Asian
women eat a diet high in soy proteins is another reason
they are said to experience less menopausal complaints.
You could get phytoestrogens by eating soy foods or by
taking a supplement containing a concentrate of them
AVENA SATIVA and SEX
Decreased sex drive in perimenopause is due to low testosterone. Avena sativa, an extract from green or wild oats raises the level of free testosterone and increases sex drive. It has no side effects. Take 500 to 750 mg. per day in a pill form. 50 tablets should cost no more than $15. You should feel a big difference in about a week.
A Native American herb used to ease painful menstruation; it also contains some phytoestrogens, and is said to effective against hot flashes. This herb is said to help prevent menstrual cramps, and can lighten the menstrual flow.
This is an herb containing phytoestrogens, and is said to have similar properties to soy isoflavones.
Other supplements that are reported to help menstrual complaints are Vitamin E, Evening Primrose, Panax Ginseng, and Chaste Berry. Taking a well-balanced multivitamin that doesn't exceed the 100% RDA requirements is a good idea for over-all health.
North American Menopause Society
Legal Disclaimer: This information is not a substitute for talking with your health professional. This is not intended to replace conventional western medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, condition, or symptom. The information provided should be used for educational purposes only. It should not be used by unqualified individuals to diagnose or prescribe. The author makes no claims about and takes no responsibility for the accuracy of these sources.
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