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The Signs: Coping With Menopause And Perimenopause

There will come a moment in every woman’s life that she would address the ultimate sign that she is of age, and not the good kind, as society’s distorted point of view dictates – menopause. Menopause, in its entirety, can be a long, grueling process. It’s the cessation of all things reproductive for women, and the transition, called perimenopause, where most symptoms occur, is a balancing act.

Perimenopause is the time before the menopause. It can be called as the stater pack to the entire menopause extravaganza, and it can begin as early as mid 30’s. For women, one of the most important questions is what to take for menopause. Will you go for conventional drugs, or go drug-free? Or both? While menopause is a biological process, it’s symptoms carries with it a lot of discomfort for women, both physically, mentally and psychologically.

The time when perimenopause begin to rear its ugly end is statistically 10 years before the actual menopausal period. The average women ceases to biologically reproduce at 52. Give or take 5 to 10 years, most women will experience perimenopause around the age of 40 – 45.

Perimenopause brings with it usual and unusual symptoms, from the regular hot flashes to the searing muscle pains here and there. Here are some things which you can experience when perimenopause arrives:

Your monthly period fluctuates.

At the start of the perimenopause process is the onslaught of fluctuating monthly period. Most specifically, your blood flow will stop for at least three to six months, and then return for a specific period of time. The change in hormones, especially estrogen, is the main reason to this phenomena. Most women in mid 40’s are breaching the territory of perimenopause. This can invariably start as early as late thirties, and will prevail through a span of 3 – 8 years.

While this is normal, fluctuating blood flow cannot be alleviated. However, when the monthly period comes with mild symptoms of dysmenorrhea, natural painkillers should be used to alleviate the pain. Proper exercise and good nutrition mostly prevent dysmenorrhea to happen, plus a bit of moderate exercise.

Mood Swings

With hormone levels in the body gone amok, mood swings and consequently, irritability is a natural response to the transition the body is undergoing. Most women becomes moody before, during and after their menstrual periods, and this phenomenon comes back while perimenopausing. This is why it is called aging in reverse. While perimenopausing, body hormones dictate your moods, that is why being serene one moment and feeling super annoyed the next is a common occurrence.

Alleviate mood swings through sipping tea, relaxation, yoga and a bit of exercise. Engaging in enjoyable activities also helps.

Loss of sex drive

The decrease in estrogen levels in your body is solely to blame on the general loss of sex drive while perimenopausing. The result of this significant decrease mainly affects vaginal walls, the thinning of them most particularly. Most women experience tiredness, loss of libido and decreased sexual attraction when this happens. One of the more effective natural ways to decrease the effects of low estrogen levels is getting enough amount of sleep everyday. Ultimately, the trick to coping with menopause is to listen to what your body needs.


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