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.
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
- Changing periods (duration, flow)
- Mood swings
- Loss of confidence
- Breast tenderness
- Aches and pains in your muscles
8 Tips to Get You Through Perimenopause
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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