Last Modified on Jan 08, 2015
Treatment of perimenopause includes a variety of lifestyle changes and therapies as well as naturally supporting the body with supplements. A balanced diet and exercise help regulate the body’s natural balances as do other therapies including acupuncture and massage. Additional dietary support, such as magnesium and other supplements can also relieve issues associated with perimenopause.
What is Perimenopause?
Perimenopause literally means “around menopause” and is a term used to refer to the period during which a woman’s body makes the transition toward menopause. While women begin the process at different ages, it typically beings in a woman’s 40s. Common symptoms include menstrual irregularity, hot flashes, sleep problems, mood changes, vaginal problems, bladder issues, decreasing fertility, changes in sexual function, loss of bone and changing cholesterol levels.
Natural Remedies to Support the Transition to Menopause
The symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause are directly connected to changes in hormones. As such, effective treatment options support the transition by maintaining more constant or consistent levels throughout the change. A variety of lifestyle changes support overall health while supplements including citicholine, coconut oil and magnesium maintain constant nutritional levels to minimize symptoms during this time.
Citicholine is a naturally occurring brain chemical that regulates cognitive processes and function. When taken as a supplement, the compound relieves issues related with memory and forgetfulness, an important component of perimenopause.
Coconut oil is an effective treatment option for treating several symptoms of perimenopause. Taken internally, coconut oil can prevent hormonal imbalance and treat such issues as hot flashes, excessive sweating and headache. Coconut oil can also be used externally to treat vaginal dryness and general skin dryness.
Magnesium is a vital nutrient for regulating a variety of bodily functions. Low magnesium levels are a common contributing factor associated with symptoms of perimenopause. As such, a magnesium supplement can prevent symptoms and treat the condition internally.
Perimenopause is known as the transition toward menopause that is marked by a number of uncomfortable symptoms for women. Natural treatments including supplements and a balanced lifestyle limit the symptoms and facilitate a smoother transition.
Hello, a friend of mine, who is well into menopause recently told me about citicholine for short term memory issues and stroke recovery. I am having short memory issues in the past month and wonder if my estrogen levels have dropped recently (I am peri-m). Does anyone has experience with this supplement and can you please provide feedback (how much you take a day, etc)? I just ordered it online and will report back in a few weeks. Thank you!
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[SIDE EFFECTS] Hello everyone,
Since I wrote about my terrible reaction to coconut oil (the skin on my neck got cracked and soooo dry) I am not going near coconut oil. I have had many other symptoms for which I am not blaming coconut oil, but I am sure the oil did exacerbate my particular situation. Things like internal shaking, anxiety and all kinds of aches and pains. Things like feeling I'm on caffeine when it's time for bed and I am certainly exhausted.
After so many trials and doctors I now know that these are all premenopausal symptoms, which in other words mean that hormonal balance is changing in my body and doing all kinds of numbers on me (emotionally too of course). If coconut oil stimulates the thyroid that definitely explains the strong adverse reaction to it.
During menopause some women's thyroid becomes under active and for others it might become overactive (Hypertension, Hyperthyroidism) so it very much depends on your specific constitution.
What am I doing to relieve these symptoms? The answer is not simple.
I am trying very carefully monitor the effects of different foods and to find the right balance of exercise and the right supplements like magnesium, zinc, E and others which are known to be helpful.
I am trying to de -stress my day as much as I can.
Meditate and teach myself to take it easy and let go. (as a mother of two young kids that is a feat in its own right.)
Anyway, I am only writing all this to suggest to many women who might be going through all kinds of weird things to take into consideration that the onset of menopause might be the cause of many a strange sensations and emotions. Hope this helps.
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Hot Springs, Ar, Usa
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Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
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I am in my late 40's and had experienced dizziness twice already. I don't know if this is influenced by my premenupausal syndrome or i am just a diffecient of some hormones and vitamins and lack of sleep. I want to know what are the natural foods to eat to maintain my health. I don't want to depend so much on drugs.
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San Diego, CA
[YEA] I had to write after reading the above post of our 'highly primitive long process of dying'. Not primitive at all. Human women are unique in the animal (and mammal) kingdom. We live for many years after our reproductive years which is to our (and humanity's)great advantage. Menopause means going into our crone years... Seemingly undervalued by today's society... Misguided as it is. Because this is our time women! Estrogen drops by 75%, progesterone drops by 99% but testosterone by only 50%. That means we have more testosterone (ratio wise) than ever before. I'm going to quote Leonard Shlain here... 'with these radical hormone changes that control personality come dramatic shifts on a woman's psyche. Indecision is replaced by clearheaded assertiveness and when we are freed from our child-rearing responsibilies and re-enter the world on our own terms we can exert a wider influence on the welfare of the society. ' As Margaret Mead once said "There is no greater power in the world than the zest of a postmenopausal woman."
So let's embrace this time in our lives as the beautiful second prime that it is. Yes those symptoms need to be resolved but looking at menopause in a more empowering way can also help. We relinquish our power of fertility but become so much more with our wisdom, surefootedness and commitment to action.
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Waco, Tx Usa
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I am 54 years old & still menstruating, however, the last couple of months I have begun to have sweaty armpits.... No hotflashes, no night sweats... I figure this the onset of menopause. It is most embarrasing though. Is there a solution? Or a way to control this issue... I know it is the natural process, but I can't wear anything with sleeves nowadays> HELP!!!
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