Perimenopause is a woman’s path to the end of her child bearing years. Menopause is the final outcome and is attained after a woman has ceased her menses for a full 12 months. For the majority of women, perimenopause is wrought with a series of side effects and symptoms that can make the passage into menopause a true challenge at times. This is the episode in every woman’s life when fluctuating reproductive hormones can wreak emotional and physical havoc. First, let’s explore some of the symptoms of perimenopause so that we may be aware of them.
Possible Perimenopausal Symptoms
Although not all women will experience even one of these signs signaling the approach of menopause, 85% of women do experience at least one of the, if not not multiple symptoms listed here:
• Hot flashes/Night sweats
• Mood swings
• Increased stress and anxiety
• Low sex drive
• Lower back aches
• Muscle tension
• Joint aches
No one looks forward to any of these symptoms, but perhaps if we understand the causes, we can find better alternative ways of managing them
Causes of Perimenopausal Symptoms
We know that our bodies are being strongly affected by a hormonal imbalance, but why? Women between the ages of 45 to 55 begin to feel the effects of the vacillation and decline of the hormones estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. All reproductive hormones in healthy levels have been serving the female body since puberty by maintaining synchronized messages and signals to the brain. Proper amounts of estrogen during childbearing years have regulated much of the body’s functions from the lubrication of the muscles and joints to enhancing mood. When this hormone plummets, the body begins to display adverse symptoms.
Ways to Manage and Treat Symptoms of Perimenopause
There is no magic pill to make the unpleasant symptoms of perimenopause go away, but there are some very effective and successfully proven steps that will help treat the discomfort of a number of these disagreeable symptoms. It is important to note that a commitment to some lifestyle changes must be on the agenda in order to treat perimenopause.