A natural decrease in hormone production causes the three phases of menopause (perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause). As hormone levels begin to decline, a variety of symptoms may present themselves. During the perimenopause stage, estrogen levels start to rise and fall at different rates, which may cause one of the following symptoms:
- Irregular Periods: Many patients report that the duration and regularity of periods may begin to change. As perimenopause progresses, periods may become further and further apart.
- Decreased Bone Density: With declining estrogen levels, many women may begin to lose bone density.
- Increased Cholesterol Levels: As estrogen levels decline, many patients may experience an increase in LDL, “the bad cholesterol” and a decrease of HDL “the good cholesterol.” This may increase the risk of heart disease.
- Hot Flashes: Many women experience flushing of the skin and difficulty controlling their body temperature as metabolism changes occur.
- Difficulty Sleeping: Many women report difficulty sleeping and lower energy levels, even after a good night’s sleep.
- Vaginal Discomfort: As estrogen levels decrease, vaginal tissue may lose moisture and tone, contributing to discomfort. These symptoms may be most noticeable during sexual intercourse.
- Loss of Libido: During perimenopause, sexual arousal and desire may change.
- Low Mood: Low mood or mood fluctuations, including irritability, may be related to a hormone imbalance, and may also be caused by associated perimenopause symptoms like hot flashes and trouble sleeping.
Many of the changes you experience during perimenopause are a result of decreasing estrogen. Here at Modern Rejuvenation Center, we can test and treat hormone imbalance through BHRT. By optimizing estrogen and progesterone levels, as well as testosterone, we can help restore balance to several important biological systems.
By regularly testing and adjusting hormone levels, and addressing your symptoms as they occur, we can provide a personalized, compassionate level of care that is ideal for managing the symptoms associated with this substantial life change.
In addition to optimizing your hormones, here are five ways you can manage perimenopause:
- Eat Healthy: Consuming healthy, nutrient-dense foods is essential to help the body get what it needs. Avoiding highly processed foods that are high in calories may also help manage weight, as many women report a drop in metabolism during perimenopause.
- Fill the Gaps With Nutraceuticals: As the body is put under stress during perimenopause, it is vital to ensure that it receives all the nutrients it needs to function properly. BioTE’s Nutraceuticals, like ADK, can help fill nutritional gaps for patients, and may even promote bone strength.
- Exercise Regularly: As muscle mass may decrease along with a slowed metabolism during perimenopause, regular exercise focused on aerobics and muscle building is essential to maintaining health.
- Stop Smoking: Most patients are already aware of the dangers of smoking and its harmful effects on their health. These effects may be even more pronounced during perimenopause, as smoking may sap the body of vitamins and minerals that it needs to thrive.
- Manage Stress: Unmitigated stress can exacerbate symptoms of perimenopause, including insomnia, hot flashes, and irritability. Activities like meditation and yoga that promote mindfulness can be a great resource. Talking to a mental health professional or family and friends can also help.
- Get Better Sleep: Patients should always be trying to get at least eight hours of sleep every night. Anyone experiencing difficulties falling or staying asleep should also avoid caffeine and alcohol.