What is Perimenopause?

by Chrystal Johnson on May 15, 2012

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We hear a lot about menopause, but not so much about perimenopause. I’ve heard the term before, but didn’t really know what it meant.

So what is perimenopause anyways? Perimenopause is defined as the natural period of transition that comes before menopause. During this time, many women experience the symptoms of hormonal fluctuations and imbalances. It’s like the other side of puberty in many ways because your hormones fluctuate much more frequently than during your most fertile years.

I had no idea that perimenopause can start as early as your mid-thirties – yikes! I just turned 34, so I guess it’s good I’m reading up on this now. But perimenopause typically starts in your mid- to late-forties (with menopause starting at age 51, on average).

So, what are the symptoms of perimenopause? The telltale signs can include unpredictable periods, increasing weight, reduced libido, hot flash symptoms and mood swings that often seem like they come out of the blue. You may also experience emotional disturbances like anxiety, depression and forgetfulness.

If you’re already in the midst of this change, you’re probably curious about whether there is a proven or reliable perimenopause treatment. There is a wide range of treatments that are designed to minimize the symptoms of perimenopause – everything from herbal and homeopathic remedies to prescription hormone replacement drugs (which I personally steer clear from).

One hormone-balancing natural remedy that I have heard great things about over the last few years is Maca Root Powder. I have a jar of it in my kitchen that I always forget to take, but I should remember because it’s supposed to have awesome hormone balancing powers.

Another natural treatment that seems to be promising, although I haven’t tried it myself, is Amberen. They offer a free trial, so that’s always a nice incentive!

Whatever treatment you choose, if you choose one at all, be sure to do plenty of research to make sure you choose the right one for you.

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Thank you to Amberen for sponsoring this post on natural perimenopause treatments.

About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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