What Is Perimenopause?
Perimenopause is the transitional time (in some females) that leads up to menopause and permanent infertility.
At What Age Do Women Experience Perimenopause?
Women typically see perimenopause symptoms in their 40’s, but may see symptoms sooner. On average, perimenopause lasts around four years (ranges include several months to ten years). However, some women will not experience perimenopause at all.
Recent studies suggest that women who smoke, women who have never been pregnant and women who have undergone chemotherapy may experience perimenopause several years sooner.
Perimenopause tends to last approximately 4 years and during the last 1 to 2 years, women see a significant drop in estrogen and their ovaries will be producing the last of their eggs.
Common Perimenopause Symptoms:
- Hot flashes
- Breast tenderness
- Worsening premenstrual syndrome
- Decreased sex drive
- Irregular periods
- Vaginal dryness; discomfort during sex
- Urine leakage when coughing or sneezing
- Urinary urgency (urinate more frequently)
- Mood swings
- Difficulty sleeping
Bio-identical Hormone Therapy Solution
According to Dr. Lord (Medical Director at Nava Health and Vitality Centers), “What many women don’t realize is that as they age and approach menopause, their critical vital hormone levels drop significantly. Testosterone, which is just as important for women as it is for men, starts to decline first, followed by Progesterone in the late 30s/early 40s, and finally estrogen as women approach menopause.”
Dr. Lord added “Bio-identical hormone optimization therapy is the best option available today for women seeking relief from the symptoms of perimenopause or menopause. This therapy allows women, as well as men, the ability to return their hormones to optimal levels and feel their best at any age.”
- Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
- Healthy Eating:
- Vitamin E (can help alleviate hot flashes)
- B Vitamins (may help with stress)
- Flaxseed (contains lignins, which moderate hormone metabolism)
- Avoid smoking
What To Expect During Perimenopause – One Woman’s Journey
Carol Marak from Austin, Texas had experienced perimenopause symptoms for years before finding help. Carol stated that, “In addition to depression, I had trouble walking because my hips hurt due to drastic hormonal fluctuations. Hormones play a major role in our bone and joint health, but I didn’t know that at the time. My physician prescribed a low dosage bioidentical HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and my symptoms disappeared. Once again, I was able to walk easily without pain, and my depression subsided as well.”
If you or a loved one are going through Perimenopause, please contact us today to see if Bioidentical Hormone Therapy is right for you.
You can also purchase a $99 Full Female Hormone Test here to see where your levels are.