Menopause is a progression and starts with “perimenopause”. Perimenopause can start in your mid to late 30s, or early 40s.
Hormones begin to change their normal patterns.
Progesterone levels fall as women aren’t ovulating every month. This means you don’t make as much progesterone. So there’s more estrogen (or "oestrogen" if you're from the UK).
Estrogen stimulates growth. It stimulates growth of the uterine lining, of the breasts.
This can lead to flooding periods and painful breasts and weight gain.
“Menopause” is a day that marks a year after your last period.
Common perimenopausal symptoms include new anxiety, new insomnia and weight gain. Fatigue, changes in periods.
Anxiety and insomnia can be attributed to low progesterone.
Erratic estrogen levels are responsible for flooding periods.
In today’s society, we live with permanently raised cortisol levels due to chronic stress.
This is great news as we can reduce our stress levels!
Think about heart disease and bone health.
Progesterone and estrogen creams.
This is a difficult situation. It’s a good idea to have read up on the subject (read Dr Anna’s book!)
You may need to find someone else who will help you.
When you feel like you’ve “tried everything” and nothing is working.
You’re having very heavy periods (which may lead to anaemia. E.g. your hair is falling out and you’re constantly feeling tired.)
Bleeding post menopause.
Any symptoms that feel overwhelming.
Perimenopause can last 5-10 years which is a long time to suffer!
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Dr Orlena is a health coach. She helps busy mums go from "I can't lose weight" to feeling fit and fabulous. Find out more about her here.