Menopause is defined as having no menstrual cycles for at least one year. The average age of menopause is 51, however it can be earlier or later in life. Not all women experience symptoms of menopause but for some, it can be an uncomfortable 2-3 years and may last for up to 10 years!
Perimenopause is the time surrounding menopause. During this time your hormones fluctuate drastically. There is a gradual decrease in estrogen and testosterone and the ovaries stop releasing eggs. Symptoms of perimenopause typically start in your 40s, however, some women experience symptoms as early as 30.
Symptoms of perimenopause include:
Menopause is a natural life-stage, however symptoms can and should be managed to help promote an optimal life and prevent bone loss, memory issues, and cardiovascular events. Bio-identical hormone therapy along with lifestyle changes can help eliminate symptoms and improve quality of life and relationships. It’s important to quit smoking, avoid alcohol and caffeine, focus on a healthy diet and supplements, and participate in regular exercise 3-5 times per week. Alternative therapies like acupuncture, yoga, breath work and meditation may help reduce your symptoms and provide a more peaceful life.