It’s a fact that whilst the average age of menopause is between 51 and 52, the hormonal changes that preface perimenopause begin much sooner—often in the early to mid 40’s, but in some cases occurring as early as the mid to late 30’s. Perimenopause starts when your ovaries begin to reduce production of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone, and start releasing eggs less often. Fluctuating hormonal levels lead to an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system (ANS) causing emotional, mental and physical changes in a woman’s body.
You might notice that you’re just a little grouchier or that your periods aren’t quite as regular. You gain weight even though you’re exercising and eating right, and most of it seems to be settling around your tummy.
But because symptoms such as these often begin years before your periods become majorly affected, it’s all too easy to overlook or dismiss them as an irritating but natural result of a busy modern lifestyle.
Even when symptoms such as lighter or heavier bleeding, mood swings, anxiety, sleep disruption, diminishing sex drive, vaginal discomfort or slight incontinence when laughing or sneezing become more noticeable, many women fail to connect the dots, dismissing or confusing them with PMS.
Peri-menopausal changes may be felt all over the body and can continue for anything from two to ten years, and sometimes even longer.
Eventually, more obvious physical signs such as hot flushes, night sweats and/or palpitations, thinning hair, brain fog, memory lapses, loss of skin tone, and increasing gaps between and eventual absence of periods for a full 12 months will make it clear that you’ve transitioned into full menopause.
How you approach menopause determines your experience of it
The most important thing for you to know is that perimenopause and menopause do not have to be difficult experiences. Preparing for the changes ahead of time, knowing what to expect, and determining how you will personally deal with any symptoms are critical factors in your experience of peri-menopause.
Approaching this time with a positive mindset, knowledge, and information about the best and most trusted choices available to you will help you embrace this experience as being a very important and totally natural, even liberating, phase in your life.
Remember, this is not your mother’s menopause; there are natural affordable solutions to help with all of its symptoms every step of the way from the first signs of perimenopause to way beyond menopause—it is simply a matter of discovering what works best for you.
Achieving and maintaining balance in your life is key to coming out the other side thriving.
A safe, simple and effective way to help relief from the symptoms right from the outset is with the LadyCare device, which is reported to help 71% of women restore balance to the autonomic nervous system (ANS*).
Peri-menopause is a precious time. What was once a taboo subject when our mothers went through “the change” is now seen as a transformational and liberating time, even a rite of passage for many women.
Embracing it from the start and staying positive will help you emerge out the other side more self-confident, with a greater understanding of yourself and what’s really important to you.
How do you want to set the stage to make the next chapter of your life as fulfilling, meaningful and joyful as it can be?
* The ANS is responsible for controlling stress reactions such as sweating, body temperature, circulation, heart rate, and other bodily functions. For more information on how LadyCare works, and the role the ANS plays in perimenopause and menopause, click here.