The 7 signs you are in perimenopause

The 7 Signs You Are in Perimenopause

Do you think your body is transitioning gradually into the perimenopausal phase? Hot flashes, night sweats, or missing periods?  Perimenopause is the period when your body is shifting towards menopause and comes with many hormonal, psychological and physical changes. It is essential to know what to look for during this period. Many women need to make changes in lifestyle and other factors in order to alleviate symptoms.  However, most of the time it’s not as bad as you think.

Irregular Periods

One of the earliest signs of perimenopause is a change in your periods. The length of your periods may fluctuate from shorter to longer, the frequency may increase or decrease, and the flow may become lighter or heavier. Sometimes, you may not even menstruate at all in some months. If your menses has become erratic, you may be heading into perimenopause.

Lower Fertility

When a woman enters perimenopause period, her ovaries will lose their egg reserves, progesterone levels will plummet, and getting pregnant naturally becomes a challenge. Additionally, the quality of a woman’s eggs decreases with age, increasing the chances of a miscarriage even if she was able to conceive. Because of the erratic menses which they experience at this period of their lives, many perimenopausal women erroneously believe they don’t need birth control, leading to unwanted pregnancies.

Weight Gain

The fluctuations in estrogen levels due to perimenopause lead to fluid retention, effectively causing weight gain. Also, at this stage, the muscle density becomes lower, and the metabolic rate slows drastically. The waist area is particularly vulnerable at this stage. It’s important to be physically active and maintain a low-calorie diet high in nutritious foods to ensure your body gets the right amount of nutrients without overdoing it.

Decreased Libido

If you have always enjoyed an active sex life, you may start to notice the spark die off gradually. Perimenopausal women often experience a reduced desire for intimacy, mainly due to hormonal imbalances, sleep disruption, mood swings, and general changes in physiology.

Forgetfulness

Have you ever worried yourself stiff over your car keys when they were right in your palms? That may be an early sign of the transition period from a bubbly woman to menopause. Fluctuations in the estrogen and progesterone levels play a significant role in this occurrence. As women age, the progesterone levels decrease drastically, creating a higher than normal level of estrogen. More estrogen creates chaos, agitating the stress management system of the brain. Make sure you find time to alleviate your stress, take a few breaths using your nose and diaphragm and relax. If you’re needing a powerful treatment to decrease stress consider acupuncture.

Mood Swings

Perimenopausal women, primarily because of hormonal fluctuations, can have unpredictable emotions. She might be feeling on top of the world this minute and burst into tears some minutes later. The worst part is that she may find it hard to explain why she is weeping. But it happens. You may not be able to escape the temporary irritation that comes with this period, but it is manageable.

Sleep Disruptions

One of the adverse effects of retiring ovaries is insomnia. As your ovary produces less progesterone, you lose the calming, soothing effect of the hormone and this can lead to anxiety. If you can’t sleep well because of perimenopause, check out these tips. Additionally, consider using some functional medicine hacks

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