What is perimenopause?
the time leading up to menopause. During perimenopause, your body starts making
less of certain hormones (estrogen and progesterone), and you begin
to lose the ability to become pregnant.
Women normally go through menopause between ages 45
and 55. Many women experience menopause around age 51. However,
perimenopause can start as early as age 35. It can last just a few
months or a few years. There is no way to tell in advance how long
it will last or how long it will take you to go through it.
Some studies have found that women with a
history of depression started perimenopause earlier than women
without depression. Women who took antidepressants started
perimenopause even earlier. If you start perimenopause early,
researchers don't know if you reach menopause faster than other
women or if you're just in perimenopause longer.
Symptoms of perimenopause include:
changes in your
menstrual cycle (longer or shorter periods, heavier or lighter
periods, or missed periods)
hot flashes (sudden rush of
heat from your chest to your head)
night sweats (hot flashes that
happen while you sleep)
Irregular Periods - Irregular periods are common and normal during
perimenopause, but not all changes in bleeding are from
perimenopause or menopause. Other things can cause abnormal
bleeding. Talk to your health care provider if:
the bleeding is very heavy or comes
you're bleeding from the vagina after
the bleeding lasts longer than 7 days
you have spotting or bleeding between
Hot Flashes - We
don't know exactly what causes hot flashes. It could be a drop in
estrogen or change in another hormone. This affects the part of your
brain that regulates your body temperature. During a hot flash, you
feel a sudden rush of heat move from your chest to your head. Your
skin may turn red, and you may sweat. Hot flashes are sometimes
brought on by things like hot weather, eating hot or spicy foods, or
drinking alcohol or caffeine. Try to avoid these things if you find
they trigger the hot flashes.
Emotional Lability or Mood Swings - Mood changes could be
caused by a lot of factors. Some researchers believe that the
decrease in estrogen triggers changes in your brain causing
depression. Others think that if you're depressed, irritable, and
anxious, it's influenced by other symptoms you're having, such as
sleep problems, hot flashes, night sweats, and fatigue—not hormonal
changes. Or, it could be a combination of hormone changes and
symptoms. Other things that could cause depression and/or anxiety
having depression during your lifetime
feeling negative about menopause and
having severe menopause symptoms
not being physically active
not being happy in your relationship or
not being in a relationship
not having a job
not having enough money
low self-esteem (how you feel about
not having the social support you need
regret that you can't have children
What can I do to prevent or
relieve symptoms of perimenopause?
Keep a journal for a few months and
write down your symptoms, like hot flashes, night sweats, and mood
changes. That can help you figure out the changes you're going
Record your menstrual cycle, noting
whether you have a heavy, normal, or light period.
What is Menopause?
Menopause refers to that time in every woman’s life when menstruation
ceases completely. The ovaries’ decrease their output of estrogen and
progesterone and women begin to experience the effects of this decrease in hormones. In addition to signifying the end of a woman’s
ability to have children, declines in the female hormones affect the
entire endocrine system. Menopause is considered complete when a
woman has had no period for a full year. Although timing varies from
woman to woman, menopause is generally completed by the time they reach
their early 50’s.
What symptoms can I expect during menopause?
Every woman is an individual, of course, but there are a number of side
effects that can generally be anticipated. Though some side effects may
be considered temporary nuisances to be "toughed out," the reality is
that the decline of a woman’s hormonal levels results in changes that
can seriously affect her physical and mental health as well as her
prospects for longevity.
Vaginal/Urinary Tract Changes
Loss of Libido
addition to diminished levels of estrogen and progesterone,
testosterone (also produced in the ovaries) and growth hormone
(produced in the brain) are also reduced during menopause. As the
levels of all of these key hormones diminish, profound changes begin
occurring with growth and metabolism that affect the breasts, vagina,
bones, blood vessels, gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract,
cardiovascular system, skin, brain, and energy levels.
Treating Perimenopause and Menopause
Dr. Bronner offers bio-identical hormone therapy
integrated with proper fitness and nutrition. This
preventive medical approach helps put an end to suffering and effects
caused by menopause and perimenopause.
Hormones decline as we age and bio-identical hormones replace the
hormones that your body needs to function. Dr. Bronner uses
natural hormones versus bio-similar or synthetic hormones. Bio-identical
hormones are molecule-by-molecule, exactly the same as the hormones
present in the human body. Dr. Bronner
will assess your individual needs and work to restore these hormones
and customize a medical plan specifically for you.
replacing the hormones that decline as time goes by, you can sustain
your health and promote longevity. Using bio-identical versions of
estrogen and progesterone reduces the risks of cardiovascular disease
and osteoporosis as well. By returning to the physiological hormone
levels you had earlier in your life, you can slow down the aging
process and maximize your quality of life.