Perimenopause is a new term that has evolved, and it refers to the transitional time of going from regular menstruation to menopause (no periods).

During this time, which can last as long as 10 years, the woman fluctuates between getting regular periods, having no periods for months, having periods every two weeks or a non-stop period for several weeks. Basically, her periods can be all over the map.

On top of dealing with a completely unpredictable menstrual cycle, she can have PMS symptoms, as well as the symptoms associated with menopause such as hot flashes and night sweats. Oh, joy!

Women in this category should be in their late forties, but unfortunately in today’s world many women are going into peri-menopause well before then, even in their thirties.

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN PERIMENOPAUSE?

To understand what is happening, I need to explain what is happening in PMS.

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to physical and/or emotional symptoms occurring in the two weeks leading up to your period.  Not every woman gets PMS and for those that do, the symptoms vary from woman to woman from acne to mood swings, from bloating to swollen breasts.

WHAT CAUSES PMS?

Most symptoms relate back to Estrogen Dominance.

WHAT IS ESTROGEN DOMINANCE?

In a hormonally balanced woman, both estrogen and progesterone levels are relatively low during the menstrual period. Immediately following the period, estrogen levels rise quite rapidly and dramatically, peaking at ovulation.

It is this higher level of estrogen that stimulates the production of your uterine lining (endometrium) in preparation for conception.

Progesterone, on the other hand, stays relatively low during the first half of the cycle and it peaks after ovulation occurs. Ovulation triggers the release of progesterone into the body.

For the second phase of the cycle, from ovulation to the next period, progesterone should dominate over estrogen.

When conception does not occur, both estrogen and progesterone drop, causing the uterine lining to shed, which is the bleeding that is experienced when a woman gets her period. The entire cycle then repeats itself.

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS

In the second half of the menstrual cycle, from ovulation to period, today’s woman either doesn’t produce enough progesterone OR has elevated levels of estrogen in relationship to her progesterone.

It doesn’t matter which one you have, progesterone deficiency or estrogen excess, the actual discrepancy between the two (estrogen and progesterone) is referred to as “estrogen dominance.”

IN PERIMENOPAUSE

In perimenopause, you don’t necessarily ovulate every month.  When you don’t ovulate, you don’t produce progesterone.  If you aren’t ovulating, you aren’t producing progesterone and without progesterone, you will be exceptionally estrogen dominant.

Therefore, in perimenopause either the symptoms you have been experiencing start getting worse or you start getting new symptoms that you never had previously.

In the perimenopausal stage, there are also times when the estrogen levels temporarily plummet and this is when those annoying menopausal symptoms show up (like hot flashes and vaginal dryness).

HOW CAN YOU ELIMINATE PERIMENOPAUSE?

The focus will be on lowering your estrogen and raising your progesterone. To do this, you need to correct the cause of your estrogen dominance.

Each woman is different, but thankfully there is a generalized program that will start giving you some immediate results.

I also recommend these TWO OTHER IMPORTANT STEPS

1. Fine tune your program by following the guidelines mapped out in my book “Get Off the PMS and Perimenopausal Roller Coaster, Learn 9 Natural Fast Track Solutions to Balanced Hormones”.  Easy to read and convenient to refer to repeatedly through all stages of life.  Purchase HERE

2. Add B5 Synergistic (pantothenic acid) and/or Wild Yam to your program. This will help support your adrenal glands to supply your back-up estrogen when you plummet.  You can find these supplements HERE

OPTION A: If you have mild to moderate symptoms I recommend the PMS and PerimenopauseFast Track Foundation” Package with B6 found HERE

Your program would look like this:

After Breakfast or Lunch

1 Total Health Pack

1 (mild) or 2 (moderate) caps of Synergistic Vitamin B6 from ovulation to period

1,000 mg of Synergistic B5 (pantothenic acid) and/or 2 wild yam **optional for adrenal support

Before Bed

3 (+/-) Magnesium Citrate with L-Taurine

OPTION B: However, if you have any of the following more serious symptoms, then I recommend the Severe PMS and Perimenopause “Fast Track Foundation” Package with I-3-C found HERE

  • Excessive Menstrual Bleeding
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Fibroids
  • Increased Weight Gain Around Your Middle
  • Endometriosis
  • Painful periods
  • Fibrocystic breasts

Your program would look like this:

After Breakfast or Lunch

1 Total Health Pack

1 I-3-C

1,000 mg of Synergistic B5 (pantothenic acid) and/or 2 wild yam **optional for adrenal support

After dinner

1 I-3-C

Before Bed

3 (+/-) Magnesium Citrate with L-Taurine

Purchase your PMS or Perimenopause Package to get started on recovering your energy and vibrancy now, GO HERE

The information made available in this newsletter is provided for educational or reference purposes only. Nutritional Therapy and/or Coaching is not intended as a diagnosis, treatment, prescription, or cure for any disease, mental or physical, and is not intended as a substitute for regular medical care.

Copyright Brenda Eastwood 2018 – “Are You Perimenopausal”

MaximumResults@shaw.ca  www.BrendaEastwood.com   www.TotalHealthPack.com

Would you like to use this article in your E-zine or website?  You may, if you include this complete write-up with it: Brenda Eastwood is a holistic health expert who specializes in Women’s Health Issues.  Her expertise stems from over 35 years’ experience as a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner.  This includes ongoing research, 17 years running a successful private practice, presenting hundreds of seminars and workshops, as well as coaching clients through her unique online Inner Circle program. Today she can reach out to even more women through her Facebook posts and her book “Get off the PMS and Perimenopausal Roller Coaster, Learn 9 Natural Fast Track Solutions to Balanced Hormones&rdqu o;.

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