Mental Health, Wellness

May 12, 2021

Perimenopause – Puberty in Reverse

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You thought hormonal ups and downs ended in your teenage years. But your 40s hit and SURPRISE! You get puberty in reverse. All the hormonal roller coaster but with more responsibility and less youth.

But don’t despair – while it’s true perimenopause brings along unpleasant symptoms, there’s a lot you can do to feel better during this ‘twilight’ time of your life.

What Is Perimenopause?

Perimenopause is the 2-12 years before menopause. It can be the time of the greatest symptoms. The ovaries begin to fluctuate in their ovulation and production of estrogen, which can result in unpredictable heavy menstrual cycles, mood changes, hot flashes, insomnia and migraines.

Menopause, on the other hand is 12 months from your last period and usually come with no symptoms…it’s actually something to look forward to!

What Are the Symptoms of Perimenopause?

During perimenopause, the estrogen production decreases substantially and increases and decreases again. Your body must adjust to the fluctuations, putting you into estrogen withdrawals, estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency.

Perimenopause is likely happening if you have at least 3 of these 9 symptoms:

How Can You Alleviate Perimenopausal Symptoms?

Start by identifying what’s bothering you most and then working with your practitioner to address it.

Heavy periods?

Check for fibroid and endometriosis, monitor and treat iron deficiency and eliminate dairy and processed foods.

Migraines?

Consider low histamine and gluten-free diet, consider magnesium and riboflavin supplements, increase progesterone with herbs.

Insomnia?

Lower the temperature at night to 16c (brrrr), eliminate alcohol, reduce coffee, consider melatonin, kava or other calming herbs, ERr731 or wild yam. These have a double whammy effect to reduce hot flashes.

If you feel like you have all the symptoms, here is wonderful action plan from the brilliant doctor Lara Briden:

Perimenopause is a normal part of life, not a diagnosis. And there are healthful, natural ways to manage the changes it can bring. If you need help navigating this stage of your life, I’m happy to chat.

Dr. Jen Parsons, ND

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