When the menopause arrives, it can hit you like a train. Knowing how to survive the perimenopause can be even harder!

At some point in your 40s or 50s, your body will change, and your regular cycles will become disrupted. Some women go through the menopause gently. But for many, there are perimenopausal symptoms or symptoms that occur around the time of menopause that can interfere with regular life. 

This post is meant as a guide for coping and dealing with those symptoms. We will explore the key things you need to know about the symptoms you can expect, and how you can deal with them.

For once, the Internet is your friend

When the perimenopause arrives, it can come as a shock. Suddenly, it seems like your health is changing for the worse. 

It is important to note that perimenopause is a natural part of life, even if the symptoms seem disturbing. Therefore, it is critical to use websites for help, advice, and the latest research on the topic. 

During perimenopause, your ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone (the hormones that regulate your menstrual cycle). This can affect many aspects of your health.

As a result, your periods may become irregular, heavier, lighter, or stop altogether. At the same time, you may experience a variety of other symptoms. These can include things like:

  • Vaginal dryness and discomfort
  • Weight gain and changes in body shape
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Heart palpitations and blood pressure changes

If you notice any of these issues and are beginning to feel worried, you might find it very useful to visit a women’s health clinic near you and ask them for advice. Ask them what you can do to improve your situation and get checkups to rule out any complications or unexpected diseases. 

The severity of the perimenopause varies according to each woman. Some women may have mild or no symptoms at all, while others may have severe or debilitating symptoms that interfere with their daily lives.

How bad your symptoms are depend on your lifestyle, genetics, and medical history. 

Fortunately, perimenopause is not permanent. It will eventually end when you reach menopause, which medical professionals define as the end of your monthly cycle for twelve months.

Most women hit the menopause at age 51, but it can occur at any time – usually between 40 and 60, unless you are on a specific anti-aging regimen.

You should notice at menopause that your hormones stabilise and life begins to return to normal after a while.

Improve Your Lifestyle

The second step to surviving perimenopause is to take care of your physical health. You want to be in tip-top shape to skirt around the worst of the symptoms. 

Some of the things you can do to take care of your physical health during perimenopause are:

  • Eat more nutritious foods, concentrating on whole plant sources, such as legumes, and vegetables
  • Maintaining your current weight. If you have been advised to lose weight, don’t despair. There are groups out there to help support you and many resources online about losing weight in a healthy way.
  • Drinking plenty of water to stay hydrating
  • Taking a multivitamin to avoid potential deficiencies. Check with your doctor to make sure you are not taking too much of any specific vitamin or mineral.

You can also try limiting processed foods, refined sugars, saturated fats, alcohol, and other things that might interfere with your system, like caffeine.

High blood pressure and inflammation can lead to a worsening of symptoms, so be sure to err on the safe side.

Hopefully, these tips can help you to know that you CAN and WILL survive the perimenopause.

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