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Peri-menopause

What is peri-menopause?

Symptoms of peri-menopause

Risk Factors for peri-menopause

Onset of peri-menopause

The old, conventional approach

Prevention / remedies / treatment of peri-menopause

What is peri-menopause?

Peri-menopause is the slowing down of a woman's reproductive system in the 6-10 years prior to menopause. It is a normal and natural part of aging, in which the production of most hormones in the body slows down and becomes less predictable. Peri-menopause means that women in their mid-thirties and early forties are less fertile and find it increasingly difficult to conceive.

This lack of regular ovulation can cause low, unstable, unreliable progesterone levels. Low progesterone makes the peri-menopausal years a time of anxiety, inconvenience and confusion for many women, even more distressing than the actual menopause itself.

Peri-menopausal ovaries no longer produce a regular and predictable amount of progesterone. Peri-menopausal symptoms are all indicators of low progesterone and estrogen dominance.

Some women have no, or very mild symptoms during these years. However, for many women the last 3-6 years can be most uncomfortable if they don't take steps to control it.

Symptoms of peri-menopause

Risk Factors for peri-menopause

Onset of peri-menopause

In the western world, the average age of menopause is 51, and peri-menopause six years earlier at 45. Worldwide, the age range for menopause is from the late 30's to the early 60's. Women in the poor third world tend to have menopause significantly younger than women in rich countries.

If you are overweight, have borne more than one child, or had high IQ test results as a child, then your menopause is likely to be later.

Menopause is official when you have not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months, provided there are no other complications that would suppress your period, such as intense exercise, prolonged breastfeeding, starvation or anorexia nervosa. Pregnancy is still possible up until this point.

The old, conventional approach

The long-held belief was that these symptoms were caused by estrogen deficiency. However, it is now apparent that low progesterone is the root cause of these premature changes. If a woman is still having her periods, then plenty of estrogen is produced by the ovaries. It is low progesterone that causes the breakdown of the uterine lining with irregular and heavy bleeds.

The medical profession has for decades been convinced by the pharmaceutical industry to prescribe the contraceptive pill to women facing this situation. The pill overrides the natural production of hormones and adds estrogen. Unfortunately it fails to address the progesterone deficiency. Most women who take the pill in this situation find their symptoms get worse rather than improve. Their estrogen-dominant symptoms are exacerbated. The pill usually contains progestin, which is a progesterone look-alike. Unfortunately is does not do what natural progesterone would, balancing the effects of unopposed estrogen. Therefore the pill usually aggravates these symptoms in an already estrogen-dominant woman.

Another mistake often made is to take antidepressants in this situation. This is a case of controlling the symptoms rather than treating and curing the underlying cause.

Progesterone cream

Prevention / remedies / treatment of peri-menopause