Today, we will talk about the symptoms of premenopause and how to treat them.
Premenopause is the 5-10 years before your FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) starts to rise, making you officially perimenopausal. Perimenopause means you’re running out of eggs, making less progesterone so your periods are irregular and less estrogen which causes your FSH to rise. Menopause is when your periods stop completely for at least two years and your FSH stays over 30.
Premenopause symptoms can totally disrupt your life, and many doctors do not recognize your symptoms. What usually happens is a woman will suffer for years until they’re in full-blown menopause and have aged rapidly.
Why suffer? If you recognize the symptoms of premenopause early, you can get the help you need.
This is because your hormones are declining, and your body is super sensitive to the lack of your normal hormone levels. If you’re experiencing bad PMS – especially mood swings, strange aches and pains that feel like you’re coming down with the flu – you may be premenopausal. The best treatment for this is to balance your hypothalamus.
This can increase when you’re premenopausal. That’s because your progesterone has lowered, more so than estrogen, so your breasts can get uncomfortably full and tender. The best treatment for hormonal breast tenderness is DIM which is the active form of IC3 indoles. You can take DIM in capsule form – 200mg once or twice daily will help.
This just comes with the territory. As you run out of eggs, you make less progesterone which is the hormone that regulates your periods. Now it’s true that a few women will have 28-day cycles right up to menopause and then stop, but that’s rare. Most of us start getting our periods closer together, then skipping cycles for years before getting a final period. Bio-identical progesterone cream can help regulate your premenopausal periods. Start applying it twice daily when you ovulate for at least ten days.
Suddenly you can’t sleep through the night. That’s a sure sign your estrogen levels are falling. Your hypothalamus controls your sleep cycles, meaning how much melatonin and prolactin you make to fall and stay asleep. Supporting your hypothalamus is a safe and effective alternative to taking estrogen for premenopausal insomnia.
If you’re not getting enough sleep, of course you’re fatigued. But it’s more than that. Estrogen influences how sensitive you are to insulin. And as your estrogen levels fall in premenopause, you become more insulin resistant. This means that you can’t get enough glucose into your cells to make energy, so you’re tired all the time, especially premenstrually and during your period.
Now for what I believe is the most life-altering premenopause symptom. You may have had them as part of your PMS, but now it’s all month long. You’re anxious, irritable, and depressed. You cry at the drop of a hat. Little things that you used to handle with ease seem insurmountable. Everyone gets on your nerves. And you may even lose it completely and fly into a rage. Afterward, you feel like crap having said and done things you would never do if you were in balance. What’s happening? Well, your declining estrogen level affects your serotonin production. Serotonin helps control your moods, and your diminished progesterone production means you make less GABA so it’s hard to stay calm.
I started perimenopause nine years before I had my last period. And all the other symptoms were tolerable… except my mood swings. My anxious irritability threatened my relationships. I hated feeling out of control. Supporting my hypothalamus with Genesis Gold® and extra Sacred Seven® amino acids helped me get my life back. And it can help you transition through premenopause by mitigating hot flashes, help you sleep through the night, increase your energy and dampen perimenopausal mood swings.
If you feel like you need support during the hormonal rollercoaster of perimenopause, you can sign up for my free guide to help you create your own Menopause Action Plan, and you’ll get access to my workshop and support group.
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Menopause and the Human Hypothalamus: Evidence for the Role of Kisspeptin/Neurokinin B Neurons in the Regulation of Estrogen Negative Feedback
Sexually Differentiated Neuron Populations in the Ventromedial Hypothalamus Contribute to Sex-Specific Regulation of Energy Balance