Perimenopause can start any time after the age of around 35 and this transition can go on until your reach aged 50-55, which is the average age of menopause.
The transition from perimenopause to menopause is a natural transition but it can bring on some unpleasant symptoms such as:
🌷Hot flashes/night sweats
There are others but I think these are the main symptoms.
You will also become more sensitive to stress and the way you process stress (anxiety or mood swings, sleepless nights). You will be more sensitive to how sugar is metabolised, your metabolism will slow down (weight gain), you will lose a small amount of bone and it can become harder to retain muscle mass.
Every woman is different and will experience her own journey transitioning into menopause.
This will depend on your diet, exercise, lifestyle and mindset, which all play a part in this transition and helping with the symptoms I have just mentioned.
During perimenopause, your hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are declining. As this happens your hormones can go on a rollercoaster ride going up and down.
Progesterone can be lost very quickly, especially with added stress in your life.
Your body has to transition slowly so your body can keep up with the decline of hormones, this is why diet, exercise, lifestyle and mindset are all important to assist your body to cope during these years.
Ok so you may be thinking, wow that is a long time to experience this until you reach menopause🤨.
This is a journey for every woman and this can be a truly life changing experience. I know myself from experiencing it, I am a different woman in my 50’s than I was in my 40’s! My journey was challenging at times, I lost my business, my home, my husband and I nearly lost my life in a car accident. I really did go on a journey of self discovery.
I want you to know that you do not have to fear perimenopause or dread it happening. I want you to look forward to it and know that you can do so many things to help your body through this transition 😘.
When you have gone a full year without a period, you are then in menopause for the rest of your life. You have a new body now to nurture and cherish