Natural Supplements for Perimenopause Symptoms
In the UK, the average age for menopause is 51, which means most women first begin to experience signs of menopause a few years before this, during what is known as perimenopause.
For many women, one of the first perimenopause symptoms they experience is changes to their periods, which can become lighter, heavier or more irregular at this time.
A woman is officially classed as being in menopause when it has been 12 months since her last period, but before she can be deemed menopausal, there may be a time when her periods are more erratic than usual. So why is this the case?
Perimenopause periods can be all over the place; they could be heavy and long, light and infrequent, closer together than usual or may stop for several months before starting again. However, when it’s been a year since your last period, you can classify yourself as being in menopause.
Changes to periods occur due to a drop in your body’s natural oestrogen levels. The female body begins to produce more of this hormone during puberty, when girls first start to have periods. Therefore, when levels of the hormone begin to decline, a woman’s periods will eventually stop.
This can be an emotional transition to go through for many women, as it signals the end of natural fertility, but the physical changes themselves can be distressing too. Having periods that feel never-ending, perimenopausal period pain that hampers plans or worrying about why you’ve not had a period for several months can be difficult to deal with.
At the same time, you may find yourself experiencing other perimenopausal symptoms too - these can include thinning hair, dry skin and more prominent wrinkles, mood swings, difficulty sleeping and also your first hot flushes. All of these changes are due to your oestrogen levels dropping too.
There are ways to manage perimenopause symptoms caused by a decline in oestrogen production to make these changes a little easier to deal with, and help you continue to feel like the best version of yourself.
Managing Perimenopausal Periods
Replacing the declining oestrogen in your body with a natural substitute could help you to manage the first signs of perimenopause or menopause - you'll find natural supplements designed to help with both stages at Menopause Supplements.
For example, Femarelle® offers Femarelle® Rejuvenate for women in their 40s to start taking as soon as they begin to see signs of perimenopause, with Femarelle® Recharge designed to continue to support them in their 50s. There’s also Femarelle® Unstoppable for post-menopause in your 60s.
These natural supplements contain DT56a, which is a natural substance derived from soy and could help to mimic the effects of oestrogen in your body, regulating the hormonal balance in your body.
There are other ways to try to get a hold on perimenopause periods too, such as trying light exercise to relieve perimenopause period pain, practicing yoga or meditation to ease any stress related to perimenopause, and using a hot water bottle or other comforting heat source to soothe cramps.
While menopause supplements themselves may not be able to make your periods lighter or more regular, they can help you to manage other symptoms related to perimenopause and menopause, so using them alongside other period management methods could go a long way to helping you feel more like yourself.