Are you in Perimenopause?

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What IS perimenopause? Are you in perimenopause?

This blog focuses on perimenopause, and how to navigate the changes during this time without losing your fitness and ‘hipness’ (or youthful energy for life).

The word perimenopause literally means, ‘around menopause’ or the time leading up to the ‘pause’ of your monthly menstrual cycle. The start of this time is different for every woman, but it generally begins in your early 40’s until your period finally stops. There are cases of symptoms starting in your 30’s.

In perimenopause, our reproductive system is slowly starting to wind down. Your ovaries production of estrogen and progesterone is slowing as you’re eggs reduce in numbers. It’s these hormonal changes that create the symptoms of perimenopause.

Symptoms

  • erratic periods that were once like clock work
  • weight gain, regardless of consistent exercise, particularly around the middle and hips
  • mood swings – anxiety, depression, anger and rage
  • fatigue
  • fuzzy minded, forgetful
  • sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
  • stomach upset
  • harder periods – stronger PMS, thicker blood flow, or scant blood flow
  • presentation of hormonal complications like hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue
And as you get closer to menopause..
  • insomnia
  • hot flashes
  • night sweats
  • months in between periods

My first inkling that I had entered perimenopause was weight gain in spite of consistent exercise. I was then diagnosed with adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism. Then my periods started becoming erratic after a lifetime of predictable cycles. Now I’m dealing with insomnia and periodic night sweats and hot flashes. And oh, the mood swings!

I had reached a place at one point in the midst of all this where I’d just given up, surrendered to the weight gain and mood swings and fatigue. I started to feel how easy it is for us in mid-life to just live in sweat pants and hibernate!

But it doesn’t have to be a slow decline until menopause. There are lot’s of different ways to help counteract and moderate the symptoms. It does take consistency and staying sensitive to your body’s needs and changes but you can make an impact.

Personally I have found exercise to be key to making a difference, followed by supportive dietary changes, natural herbs & supplements, and acupuncture. Others find bio-identical hormones helpful. It’s different for every woman.

However you decide to support your health during this time, you’ll find that you have to approach exercise and fitness a bit differently to accomodate your body’s changes. I try to present information and tips for navigating all this here at Bright Body Fitness!

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Dorothy

BrightyBodyFitness.com provides tips and information for staying fit and happy naturally during perimenopause and beyond, using the T-Tapp workout and more.

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