Perimenopause, the word literally means “around menopause” a life transition phase in a women marking, near end of her reproductive life to the begining of menopause.
This transition is different for different women –
A Smooth sailing ride into the golden glory of menopause
An errie silence before the storm of menopause hits the sails
Sailing in turbulent waters in a stormy weather.
Perimenopause usually occurs around 40`s but in some cases as early as mid thirties and last for 4 – 10yrs. During this period the main female hormone -“estrogen” fluctuates unevenly leading to the perimenopausal symptoms.
Perimenopause life : Prepare for a healthy and happy today & tomorrow.
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Perimenopausal symptoms :
- Change in menstrual pattern
- Hot flushes
- Mood swings
- Reduced libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Reduced fertility
- Sleep disturbance
- Memory loss
- Bone mineral density loss
Lifestyle changes can help ease the symptoms
- Healthy diet – rich in calcium
- Regular exercise.
- Quit smoking
- Reduce alcohol intake
- Maintain good sleeping pattern
- Vitamin supplement – calcium and vit D as prescribed by doctor.
This transition phase can become difficult and taxing for some women when symptoms start affecting their quality of life and relationships. It is best to come out in open about symptoms and seek professional help as numerous treatments are available including hormonal and non hormonal, it can be tailored to your individual needs.
If perimenopausal symptoms are mild and tolerable, still visit you doctor for general gynaecological check up for cervical pap smear test, prescription for vitamin supplements if required and adapt lifestyle changes for smooth transition to menopause.
Let`s face it, we all know “change is inevitable” we are all gonna face it sooner or later but this change need not be unhappy one! the power to make the transition smooth now lies in our hands. All we have to do is speak up and seek help.
Lets combat perimenopause symptoms by spreading awareness about lifestyle changes and availablity of treatment for better quality of life.