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The Untold Side Of Perimenopause


May 27, 2024

I’m Jeanette.
My mission is is to inspire and educate women to live a healthy life using ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine and whole foods to balance your hormones in every stage of your life, from puberty to menopause
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Perimenopause marks the transitional phase before menopause, bringing about a myriad of changes that can be both bewildering and challenging.

While we all have heard about hot flashes and irregular periods, there’s a wealth of lesser-known information that women need to navigate this journey more comfortably and confidently.

If you don’t spend some time educating yourself, you might find yourself one day with a whole wack of symptoms and having no idea why you feel this way.


1. Emotional Rollercoaster: The Unseen Battle

While it’s common knowledge that hormone fluctuations can cause mood swings, the emotional impact of perimenopause is frequently understated. Women may experience heightened anxiety, sudden bouts of irritability, or even periods of depression. These emotional changes are not just “in your head” but are driven by the body’s hormonal adjustments.

Tip: Practicing mindfulness and seeking support from a therapist or support group can help in managing these emotional upheavals.

2. Sleep Disruptions: The Silent Saboteur

Insomnia and disrupted sleep are common complaints among perimenopausal women, but they often go unaddressed. These sleep disturbances can stem from night sweats, increased anxiety, or changes in the sleep-wake cycle due to hormonal shifts.

Tip: Establishing a regular sleep routine, creating a calm sleep environment, and reducing caffeine intake can significantly improve sleep quality. Also, get off your device an hour before going to bed and go for a short walk.

3. Cognitive Fog: When Your Brain Feels Hazy

Cognitive changes, such as difficulty concentrating, memory lapses, and overall cognitive fog, can be particularly distressing. These symptoms are often linked to the decline in estrogen levels, which plays a vital role in brain function.

Tip: Regular physical activity, maintaining a balanced diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and practicing mental exercises like puzzles or learning new skills can help keep your mind sharp.

4. Changes in Sexual Health: More Than Just Libido

Perimenopause can bring about various changes in sexual health, including vaginal dryness, decreased libido, and discomfort during intercourse. These changes can affect intimate relationships and self-esteem.

Tip: Open communication with your partner about these changes is crucial. Over-the-counter lubricants, vaginal moisturizers, and hormone therapy prescribed by a healthcare provider can alleviate discomfort. Remember, it’s important to address these issues early on to maintain a healthy and fulfilling sex life.

5. Unexpected Weight Gain: The Hidden Struggle

Many women experience weight gain during perimenopause, often around the abdomen. This can be frustrating and challenging to manage, especially when your same diet and exercise routines don’t seem to work anymore.

Tip: Focus on a balanced diet rich in whole foods and increase your protein intake. Incorporate strength training exercises to build muscle and boost metabolism.

Final Thoughts

Perimenopause is a complex and multifaceted journey, and understanding the full scope of changes can empower women to take proactive steps towards managing their health. By acknowledging and addressing these lesser-talked-about aspects, you can navigate this transition with greater ease and confidence.

Let’s normalize menopause and talk about it without shame. The more women understand what is happening to their bodies during this significant transition, the better everyone will feel.

Embracing this change with knowledge and openness empowers us all, and it can become a period of growth and transformation.

Remember, you’re not alone—reach out for support.

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