When it comes to getting older as a woman, menopause receives a lot of focus. However, there's a phase before menopause, called perimenopause, that presents its own set of changes and challenges.
Perimenopause can last 4 to 10 years leading up to menopause, and it's marked by a gradual and consistent reduction in critical hormones, which can cause symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, and trouble focusing.
Some women breeze through perimenopause, while others experience symptoms severe enough to disrupt their normal life.
At The Well for Health in Davidson, North Carolina, our team of women's health specialists understands the profound impact hormonal changes can have on your life. Fluctuations of estrogen and progesterone can wreak havoc on how you feel and function daily.
The Well for Health team can help you navigate perimenopause and improve common symptoms so that you feel like yourself again. In this post, our team shares some proactive steps you can take right now to ease troublesome perimenopause symptoms.
Tip #1: Modify your fitness routine
Menopause has a two-way relationship with exercise. For instance, long-duration exercises like distance running can trigger a rise in cortisol, a stress hormone that, among other things, promotes fat retention. If you're struggling with weight control, consider switching to high-intensity interval training. Try exercises like:
- Jump rope
- Stair climbing
Sports such as tennis and volleyball, which involve short energy bursts, could also be beneficial. Incorporate daily outdoor walks for a minimum of 20-30 minutes for Vitamin D and bone health. Resistance training helps maintain muscle mass while applying healthy stress on your bones.
Tip #2: Boost your diet with supplements
Transitioning to a whole-food diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables can provide the necessary nourishment during this transition phase. Consuming leafy green vegetables for their calcium content is crucial. The Well for Health team can guide you through dietary adjustments and necessary supplements based on your nutritional profile.
Tip #3: Improve your sleep
Enhancing sleep can alleviate night sweats and hot flashes that interrupt sleep. Try establishing a consistent sleep schedule and limit blue-light device usage before bed. Our team may suggest homeopathic treatments to manage your symptoms for improved sleep quality.
Tip #4: Explore homeopathy
Homeopathy, an FDA-approved medical treatment since 1938, focuses on treating conditions with minute doses of substances that cause similar symptoms. Our team offers natural, low-dose treatments based on your symptoms and physical examination.
Tip #5: Consider hormone therapy
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can help restore hormonal balance using plant-based compounds replicating your own hormones. Tailored to your hormonal needs, BHRT minimizes the chances of side effects.
You don't have to struggle through perimenopause. Partnering with a specialist can help restore your vitality to continue living your life to the fullest. If perimenopause symptoms are throwing a wrench in your daily life, call us at 704-459-5296 to schedule a visit with a provider at The Well for Health in Davidson, North Carolina, today.