Perimenopause? What’s Up with That?

Menopause may be far off, but there are solutions to your symptoms now!

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You’re not in menopause yet, you still get your period every month, but certain things are changing. You have weight gain in areas you never used to, you have episodes of insomnia, your so-called “PMS” is happening unpredictably and is sometimes more intense, and your libido is not what it once was…. What’s happening? You’re in perimenopause.

Perimenopause can start 10 years before true menopause hits. Some women start to experience hormones changes as early as 35 years old. During this pre-menopause time, periods still occur and pregnancy is possible; however, hormone production fluctuates and can be normal one month and subpar the next.

Changes in Estrogen and Progesterone production can cause symptoms such as anxiety, sleep disruption, irritability, occasional hot flashes, libido changes, and period changes. These changes start slowly and sort of creep up, when suddenly the realization hits —

“I don’t feel like myself! What’s going on? I’m too young for menopause!”

Well, first off, don’t worry! There is a solution. The silver lining is that these years provide an opportunity to focus on optimizing health to maintain youthful vibrancy now and until the last period has come and gone. Perimenopause can up to 10 years; during this time, women have the chance to influence the quality of their health for the rest of their lives.

Insomnia, Mood Changes, and Headaches
These are some of the uncomfortable symptoms of hormone imbalance. By optimizing hormone production in the body, these symptoms can simply slip away.
Bone Health
During the transition to menopause, women can lose a significant amount of bone density. This is preventable by taking care to get the right vitamins and minerals, doing the right kind of exercise and maintaining hormone balance.
Prevent Weight Gain in Menopause
Once menopause hits, its much harder to lose weight and much easier to gain. Fat cells are a source of estrogen in the body, so it is common to hold on to weight more easily. Unwanted weight gain can be prevented by taking care of your metabolism in Perimenopause.
Reduce Severity of Menopause Symptoms and Ease the Transition
Uncomfortable symptoms in perimenopause are a warning sign of what is to come. Taking care to balance hormones during these years can ease this transition and help avoid unwanted symptoms from occurring.

Okay, it’s perimenopause. Now what?

To help balance hormones, Dr. Elise uses a natural approach with a combination of lifestyle changes, dietary modifications, herbs, and sometimes low dose bio-identical hormone replacement. With each individual, the treatment plan is unique, the common thread being improved wellbeing, vitality, reduction in unwanted symptoms, and a big sigh of relief. There is a solution!

If you or someone you know is dealing with perimenopause symptoms and is looking for a solution, call today for an appointment or with any questions you have regarding treatment. You can schedule a visit at Blossom Clinic in Portland, OR, or call for a phone consultation.

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