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How to Manage Perimenopause Symptoms

by Sonia Chartier, on 19 March 2014, Menopause, Women's Health
How to Manage Perimenopause Symptoms

When Does Perimenopause Begin?

This stage in the life of a woman, which precedes menopause, generally occurs between the ages of 40 and 55, but some women may experience symptoms as early as their thirties.

Perimenopause brings about gradual changes in a woman’s menstrual cycle, until menstruation ceases altogether. Before starting to fall, estrogen levels often increase during the early stage of perimenopause, while the level of progesterone tends to diminish.

Hormones and Perimenopause

Natural progesterone plays a very important role in our body by helping the thyroid hormone function, blocking the process of osteoporosis, protecting against breast cancer, reducing polycystic breast conditions and reducing ovarian cysts.

It also alleviates water retention, fat deposits, vaginal dryness, low sex drive, and urinary infections. If progesterone levels fall too quickly or if the imbalance between progesterone and estrogen levels is too great, these problems may be exacerbated.

Excess estrogen accompanied by a lack of progesterone often leads to headaches at the beginning of a woman’s period or during ovulation. It can also cause more abundant menstruation or even hemorrhagic menstruation.

In the presence of very heavy menstrual bleeding during perimenopause, it is important to check for fibroids, endometriosis and cysts. Cysts can lead to serious problems if they are not closely monitored.

When estrogen levels also start to fall, the period between menstrual periods may become longer and bleeding may be less intense.   This is when the symptoms typically associated with menopause start to appear.

How to Manage Perimenopause Symptoms

Common menopause symptoms are hot flashes, vaginal dryness, insomnia, emotional sensitivity, mood swings, irritability, depression, loss of energy and reduced sex drive. Menopause is medically confirmed once a woman has gone 12 months without a menstrual period.

Poor diet and stress definitely have a major impact on the intensity and frequency of symptoms of perimenopause. A diet rich in whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables can help women get through this transitional period in greater comfort.

Heat in all its forms can trigger hot flashes, as can stimulants such as tea, coffee, chocolate, refined sugar, alcohol, spices, etc. Meat and refined cheeses also tend to increase the frequency of hot flashes.

Studies have shown that exercise in general plays an important role in maintaining balance in our body during perimenopause and menopause. Doing at least one hour of physical activity three times a week can substantially reduce the symptoms associated with these transitional periods in a woman’s life.

B-Complex Vitamins

B-complex vitamins present in whole grain cereals and green vegetables have a calming effect on the body. They nourish the nervous system and help alleviate symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, depression, irritability and mood swings.

B-complex vitamins also help the liver break down hormones and can be beneficial in the case of excess production of estrogen.

Vitamin E (400 IU)

To relieve vaginal dryness, vitamin E (400 IU) can be inserted in the vagina every evening. Vitamin E mimics the action of estrogen and supports the health of vaginal walls. It is also a powerful antioxidant that protects against premature aging.

Omega Essential Fatty Acids

To help balance hormone levels, it is very important to add first cold-pressed oil, which is rich is omega-6 and omega-3, to your diet. For their part, fermented soya beans and flax seed produce a phytoestrogenic effect that contributes to regulate the production of estrogen receptors.

Broccoli Extract

In the case of headaches, fibroids, cysts or endometriosis, it is important to improve estrogen metabolism. Broccoli extract contains indole-3-carbinol, a substance that diminishes the negative effects of estrogen on the body.

Natural Herbal Remedies

To reduce the severity of premenopausal symptoms, it is important to maintain a good balance of estrogen and progesterone. A.Vogel’s Vitex contains tincture of Vitex agnus castus, a plant that helps establish a balance between estrogen and progesterone levels thanks to its action on the pituitary gland. Since the improvement is gradual and it can take three or four months before seeing significant results, for quicker relief, it is recommended to also treat the main symptoms directly.

A.Vogel’s Menopause  natural remedy for menopause,  A.Vogel’s Menopause contains sage, a plant that acts quickly and directly on the severity and frequency of hot flashes. Most women see an improvement within the first two weeks of taking this product.

Women suffering from fatigue or insomnia can add  A.Vogel’s Vital Energyto help alleviate the stress on the glandular system, particularly the adrenal glands and the pituitary gland, which are closely linked to the nervous system.

A.Vogel’s Deep Sleep can also help regulate certain neurotransmitters (serotonin and GABA), promoting deeper and more restorative sleep. This product is fast acting thanks to its liquid form, which preserves the volatile ingredients of the plants.

In the case of mild depression, anxiety or mood swings, A.Vogel’s Anti-Stress (St. John’s wort) helps promote emotional balance by nourishing the nervous system. Numerous studies confirm the anti-depressant effect of St. John’s wort in cases of mild to moderate depression. It is important to note, however, that it should not be combined with synthetic antidepressants or oral contraceptives.

A.Vogel’s Avenaforce (flowering oats) is a tonic that acts on the nervous system and is very useful in combatting low sex drive (loss of libido), anxiety and fatigue. There are no medical contraindications for this product. Vital Energy also contains flowering oats.

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