8 USEFUL TIPS TO GET YOU THROUGH THE PERIMENOPAUSE

Recently I have become concerned about my health.  All sorts of things started to go wrong from severe mood swings during certain times of the month to feeling utterly exhausted no matter how many hours sleep I got.  It was when reading up on how to improve my health that I came across Perimenopause.  It was the first time I had heard about it. Since then I have been devouring all the information I can about it, I believe that knowledge is power so understanding it helps with dealing with it.

 

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What is Perimenopause?

It is also known as the menopause transition.  Perimenopause takes place several years before the menopause and can last from four years to eight years.  It can happen to women in their late 30’s to early 40’s.  With the average age of menopause being 50 you can see why it’s important for us women to understand Perimenopause and educate ourselves on how to deal with the symptoms.

 

Perimenopause does not happen to all women but for those who do, it is a normal process.  According to Eileen Durward author of the A. Vogel The Menopause Guide Perimenopause is “the first phase during which your hormonal balance begins to change.  Many women will begin to experience menopausal symptoms at some point during the peri-menopausal phase.”

 

I would highly recommend you visit the A.Vogel website to equip you with the information on Perimenopause.

 

 

Symptoms of Perimenopause

There are several symptoms related to perimenopause and you may experience some of them or none if you are lucky!

 

  • Hot flushes
  • Night sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Changing periods (duration, flow)
  • Tiredness
  • Mood swings
  • Loss of confidence
  • Breast tenderness
  • Bloating
  • Aches and pains in your muscles

 

 

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8 Tips to Get You Through Perimenopause

 

  • Exercise

Taking regular exercise will help with your mood swings as well as staying healthy in your body and mind.  You should aim for 5 times per week.  You don’t need to go to a gym, a brisk walk is fine or doing an exercise programme at home as I have started to do is also great.

 

  • Food

The lovely Suzi over at Alternative Ageing highlights the importance of nutrition before, during and after the menopause.  Read her article Eating Your Way Out of the Menopause to learn more about the importance of diet and good nutrition during this transition period.

 

  • Good Sleeping Habits

If you are anything like me, the symptoms I have been experiencing have made it extremely tired.  It’s important therefore to get enough sleep.  That means keeping mobiles turned off when you go to bed!  Make sure your bedroom is a sanctuary when you can relax and unwind.

 

  • Avoid caffeine

Try to avoid caffeine as much as possible but avoid it close to bedtime.  Switch to a more relaxing hot cup of chamomile tea which will help you unwind.

 

  • Time out for yourself

During these changes to your body it is even more important to take time out for yourself.  Which can be extremely tough if you have a job and children!  It is important though that we take time to recharge our batteries.  Why not have a nice long soak in the bath or start meditation. Taking time out for 30 minutes a day has proven to reduce the symptoms of perimenopause!

 

  • Drink more water

Increasing your water intake can also help reduce symptoms.  I can vouch for this!  After reading this tip I immediately started to drink more water and my symptoms have improved.  Of course, it is difficult drinking more water especially in the winter.  But with a few changes I now drink a glass first thing in the morning and have a water bottle beside me as I type this and continually sip during the day.  Drinking little and often is the key.

 

  • Take control

There are many therapies and treatments that will help get you through any symptoms you are dealing with.  A.Vogel have a Menopause Support supplement for all stages of the Menopause and their Arnica Gel will help with any joint issues you are having.  There are also beauty products out there that all also help you take back control.  For example, if you are prone to increased hair growth the Jolen Crème Bleach facial hair lightening formula is gentle and safe to use.

 

  • Seek support

It can be lonely going through the Perimenopause, but you don’t have to do it on your own.  A. Vogel have a free 7-day plan with information, support, and advice to help you deal with the symptoms of Perimenopause and if you sign up you will also receive a free sample of Menopause Support.

 

 

Are there any other tips you have?  I’d love to hear them.

 

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4 PERIOD SUBSCRIPTION BOXES YOU  NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

Periods or should I say tampons have been in the news a lot recently.  The campaign to abolish what has become known as the ‘Tampon Tax’ has hit the headlines around the world. Companies are beginning to reduce the price of their sanitary products as these items are now seen as a necessity and not a luxury.

 

This news is to be welcomed. What is also welcoming is that we are talking about periods. There are some topics that still seem to be ‘taboo’. For the life of me I can’t see why periods would be one of them. After all it is an integral part of growing up and something that all young girls go through.

 

Our bodies go through all kinds of changes during the monthly period cycle so it is wonderful to see start-up companies developing subscription boxes to help you during your period. A number of these boxes go beyond providing sanitary products, with some moving in to the territory of self-care providing calming tea, chocolate, and beauty products.

 

Whether you are a mother wanting to help your daughter with her first period or you need some extra TLC during your period, there is something for everyone. You can purchase a box as a one-off or you can commit to
subscribing. The choice really is yours. Below are four subscription boxes which we have tested.

 

1. Pink Parcel: £12.99 plus free delivery

Pink Parcel not just provides you with your monthly pads or tampons but they also aim to promote your health and well-being by providing products such as tea, chocolate, and beauty products. Each subscription box is beautifully packaged with smaller individual boxes such as the ‘For You’ box containing all the treats, ‘For Later’ box with a selection of tampons and ‘For Night’ with a selection of pads. The September box contained a selection of Belgian chocolates, peach and rhubarb tea, feminine intimate wash, nail polish, lip pencil, make-up brush and a
conditioning foot mask.

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2. bettybox: £12.99 plus free delivery

The bettybox is ideal for younger girls. You can specially tailor the box to meet your monthly period needs. The box contained sweet treats in the ‘for you’ box with the addition of items such as lip balm, a hair mask, nail polish, a unicorn notepad and highlighter. I must say the box is extremely cute and would be ideal for teenagers. You can also design your own box and set a date as to when you need it to arrive. While the main part is the Betty Box, their website is an excellent resource of information for any questions relating to periods.

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3. Monthlies: £4 for 7 items to £7 for 30 items

Monthlies aim to make periods ‘drama-free’ by providing pads and tampons which are organic and eco-friendly. You can build your own box by deciding on whether you prefer pads or tampons and how many you require. The selection of pads and tampons was impressive. A free cotton bag was also included in the box which is great for keeping your sanitary products together in your handbag. There’s nothing worse that pulling something out of your bag only to have your sanitary items fall on the floor!

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4. Yoppie, Your Happy Period: £5.90 per month

Yoppie aims to not only provide you with 100% organic cotton tampons but for every month you subscribe they will give a month’s supply of sanitary products, underwear and invest in reproductive health education to girls in need. Yoppie hopes that every girl who uses their products will feel empowered and empower others. The box is discreet and fits easily in your bag. There were a selection of tampons ranging from mini to super. Each month you can select the type of tampon you use, decide on the frequency of the delivery – every month or two, finally you choose a date for delivery.

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My Verdict: Period Subscription Boxes

While all the boxes are a great idea, the Pink Parcel and Betty boxes went beyond providing sanitary products which I believe would make them a real treat for yourself or to give as a gift, so they get my vote. However, I must give a special mention to Monthlies and Yoppie for their dedication to organic products and philanthropy.

 

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