Navigating Perimenopause: My Journey and Recommendations

Navigating Perimenopause: My Journey and Recommendations

Entering perimenopause can feel like stepping into uncharted territory for many women. Last week, we discussed the various symptoms and challenges that come with this transitional phase of life. From relentless periods to brain fog and weight gain, the symptoms can be overwhelming. However, it's essential not to succumb to these challenges but rather to face them head-on with knowledge and proactive lifestyle changes.


If you're female and 45 or older, chances are you're in perimenopause, which typically begins 5-10 years before menopause. The average age of women in UK at menopause is 51.  With many different symptoms, navigating this phase can be daunting. From physical discomforts like joint pain to cognitive struggles such as forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating, perimenopause can take a toll on various aspects of life.


In my own journey through perimenopause, I've learned valuable lessons and made lifestyle changes that have significantly eased the transition. While I'm not an expert, sharing my experience and recommendations may offer support and guidance to others embarking on this journey.


First and foremost, it's crucial to keep track of symptoms. Using tools like the Louise Newson Balance app can help monitor and record changes, empowering you to communicate effectively with your healthcare provider. Speaking of which, don't hesitate to advocate for yourself during medical appointments. You know your body better than anyone else, so don't be afraid to assert your needs and preferences, especially regarding hormone replacement therapy (HRT).


When considering HRT, opt for body-identical hormones like transdermal estrogen and micronized progesterone. These formulations closely mimic the body's natural hormones, reducing the risk of side effects like blood clots and breast cancer. Remember, hormone levels fluctuate throughout the day, making blood tests less reliable for diagnosing perimenopause.


While HRT can alleviate many symptoms, it's not a one-size-fits-all solution. Making lifestyle changes is equally essential for managing perimenopause effectively. Reevaluate your diet and alcohol consumption, focusing on foods that support hormone balance and overall health. Additionally, prioritise gut health, adequate sleep, and stress management through regular exercise and relaxation techniques.


Despite the challenges of perimenopause, I've found renewed energy and vitality through these lifestyle changes. Contrary to popular belief, hormonal fluctuations shouldn't be blamed for every discomfort. Instead, view perimenopause as an opportunity for personal growth and empowerment. By embracing change and prioritising self-care, you can navigate this transition with grace and resilience.


I'll continue to share insights on holistic wellbeing that benefit everyone, not just perimenopausal women. Meanwhile, have a look at our other blog articles on hormone-balancing foods and the benefits of collagen supplementation.


Remember, perimenopause is just one chapter in your life journey. Embrace it with confidence, and let every challenge become an opportunity for growth and self-discovery. Together, we can navigate this transitional phase with grace and resilience.


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