Dear Friend,

“What’s happening to me?”

I am far from the only health care provider who has heard this question regularly from women aged about 35 to 44 as they begin the transition from the childbearing years to perimenopause. Although most of these patients know their menstrual periods will stop one day, they also believe they are a long way from menopause. Even the term “perimenopause” may be unfamiliar.

Just as adolescence is a series of changes helping us transition from child to adult, perimenopause marks the period of a woman’s life shortly before menopause—the transition to older adulthood.

Our blog post, “Integrative Health in Perimenopause,” discusses ways to cope with the changes happening in your body beyond taking supplemental hormones. The post also discusses managing weight gain along with which supplements are helpful and which are potentially harmful.

You may also want to examine the biological clock from a slightly broader perspective through our blog post, “Peri-what? Know Your Perimenopause,” which reviews the signs and symptoms of perimenopause, why it happens, and when it starts—including the changes you may notice in your 30s. As always, we encourage you to talk with your health care provider to find the safest and most effective ways to manage symptoms and enter menopause in good health.

Be well.

Dr. Wayne Jonas
What is Perimenopause, Anyway?

Many women in their 30s and early 40s may be worried more about fertility (whether that means getting pregnant or avoiding pregnancy altogether) and less about their inevitable reproductive decline. But the reality is that the prelude to menopause, perimenopause, is already starting. This is a time when the ovaries begin to make less estrogen, which triggers a host of symptoms that herald the transition to menopause and older adulthood.

Learn what to expect in your 30s and 40s, why every woman experiences perimenopause differently, and how to use perimenopause as a wake-up call to create better health.

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Coping with Perimenopause Hot Flashes, Weight Gain, and More

You’re waking up at night, covered in sweat, and having trouble getting back to sleep. Your periods started happening closer together, but now they seem less regular. Meanwhile, you’ve unexpectedly gained weight and are having a harder time keeping it off.

You may be in perimenopause, the time before and after your body segues out of the childbearing years into a new stage of adulthood. Estrogen levels drop, causing changes in, the timing of your menstrual periods, and where your fat storage migrates (often to your belly).

While health care providers now know that hormone therapy can safely help many women, integrative approaches may be your best bet for a whole-person approach to perimenopause. As always, exercising and eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will help you feel better. But did you know hypnosis and aromatherapy with lavender are effective coping mechanisms for hot flashes? Learn more about an integrative approach to perimenopause.

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