It may start as early as your late 30s, but perimenopause typically occurs in your 40s and 50s. It’s a natural process that all women will experience, but it can be tricky to navigate. Keep reading to stay informed of the signs and symptoms of perimenopause, so you can tackle it with confidence!

What is Perimenopause and What Happens During Perimenopause?

I’ve had several conversations with friends lately who are experiencing many of the symptoms mentioned below but were completely unaware that it could be related to perimenopause. This topic doesn’t seem to be discussed enough so let’s start a conversation about #perimenopause to spread awareness and offer help to each other.

Perimenopause marks the beginning of a woman’s transition into menopause. During this time, hormonal imbalances can cause a range of physical and emotional symptoms. These symptoms can vary in severity but it is important to recognise them as they can be indicators of what is going on with the body’s changing hormones.

Perimenopause is a process which starts when the ovaries start to produce less hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone due to the diminishing number of eggs. This is ‘generally’ a gradual process rather than an abrupt change in hormone levels.

Additionally, the start of hormonal imbalances can lead to a number of women’s health issues such as bone loss, depression, anxiety, weight gain (thanks stubborn belly fat!) and an increased risk for certain types of cancer.

By understanding the impact of hormonal changes during perimenopause on women’s health, we can better prepare ourselves to manage these symptoms and minimize the risk of developing any serious health issues.

What are Common Symptoms To Look Out For?

Common symptoms of perimenopause include:

  • Hot flashes & night sweats

  • Fatigue

  • Irregular periods

  • Mood swings

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Decreased libido

  • Sleeplessness

  • Headaches

  • Breast tenderness

Strategies for Coping with The Physical and Emotional Challenges of Perimenopause

Perimenopause is a natural stage of life that brings with it many physical and emotional changes that can at times feel out of your control. The good news is there are strategies to help you cope.

  • Understanding & recognising the symptoms – as per the list above

  • Talking to a healthcare professional

  • Making lifestyle changes e.g. diet, exercise, supplements, detox

  • Seeking support from family and friends

  • Finding ways to relax – stress management is so important!

Natural Ways To Reduce Perimenopause Symptoms

Fortunately, there are several natural ways to reduce perimenopause symptoms such as exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, taking supplements, carrying out regular detoxes, managing stress levels and getting enough sleep. By following these tips, women can maintain their health and well-being during this period of transition.

Check out my free guide on 5 Natural Ways To Reduce Perimenopause Symptoms which includes a list of different herbs, supplements, prebiotics & probiotics that can help you get started.

Key Points To Remember:

  • Perimenopause can start as early as your late 30s, but typically occurs in your 40s and 50s

  • Tune into your body and take note of any signs and symptoms as per the above list

  • There are lots of strategies to help you cope with both physical & emotional perimenopause symptoms

  • Talk about it! There are so many women all experiencing and going through a similar journey as you so talk about it with each other

  • There are several natural ways to help you cope with perimenopausal symptoms and I’ve done a lot of the research for you – just check out my free guide

It is important to remember that the advice given on this website is not meant to replace the guidance of a healthcare professional. Before making changes to your nutrition and wellness regimes, it’s important to reach out to an expert or medical professional. Reliance on any of the material provided on this website is at your own risk.

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