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Perimenopause- What Women Should Know?

Perimenopause what women should know
HWC Team
July21/ 2015


With more number of women are experiencing perimenopause, gynecologists stated that the hot flushes and heart palpitations can become causes of worry at 35 instead of 40.

However, the average age for reaching this stage is 51. New research revealed that more than one-third of women go into perimenopause, which is the transitional stage before menopause.

Dr Marilyn Glenville, a nutritionist specialized in women’s health claims stated that around half of women don’t even know what the perimenopause is and three-fifths of women have not sought any assistance from doctors.

Usually, hormonal changes will take place in women at around 40 years of age. But due to environmental degradation of food, stress and a hectic lifestyle that women face, they are likely to develop polycystic ovaries syndrome and lowered fertility, which results in perimenopause early in the mid of 30s.

Perimenopause is a condition in which women might be experiencing few symptoms such as irregular periods, irritability, hot flushes, insomnia, bloating, mood swings and weight gain. Some people can see the same symptoms during menopause.

Dr Punjabi recommends a blood test to measure your levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which controls reproductive processes and estradiol. Punjabi stated that a high level of FSH could specify you are in the perimenopause. However, the test must be done within the first few days of the cycle.

Shrinking egg means your ovaries need more FSH to trigger its release. But, heavy bleeding should not be considered as normal.

Dr Coelho said that the main difference between menopause and perimenopause is that you can still get pregnant. Your period becomes irregular but you still get pregnant if you don’t take necessary precautions, because even it is not regular, the ovulations still occurs. It is recommended to use contraception for two years if your periods stop before 50.

Balanced diet and doing exercise are good ways to cope. As per the US study, eating estrogen rich food such as flaxseed, lentils and chickpeas could drive out hot flushes and night sweats. At the same time, you need to keep your blood sugar at balanced level. Eat balanced meals with a combination of complex carbohydrates, lean protein and fiber.

Sugar can increase insulin levels in the body. Perimenopause symptoms can be seen due to lack of essential omega 3 fatty acids. It is better to include fish and flaxseeds in your diet. Lack of magnesium is linked with poor female hormone balance. Hormonal imbalance can increase the risk of osteoporosis, so prevent this condition with regular exercise.

HWC Team

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