Perimenopause is a time in a woman's life when those darn hormones are having a bit of a party again. This can make you experience symptoms that make you feel unhappy and out of control. Perimenopause lasts on average from 4 to 10 years and this is the time that you will experience the majority of the symptoms of what women often call 'menopause', Menopause is in fact just the point in time when a woman hasn't had a period for 12 consecutive months. The average age of menopause in the UK is 51.
Women can suffer from physical symptoms however sometimes the psychological symptoms can be harder to manage. Women can struggle with increased anxiety, poor sleep,hot flushes, brain fog and poor memory to name but a few. It is not uncommon for women to tell me that they have googled early onset dementia when they have been trying to figure out what is going on with their bodies. Everyone's experience of perimenopause will be different just as puberty is different for everybody and the more that women talk openly about this the more support that will become available.
Although most women associate the symptoms of perimenopause with low oestrogen, in the early stages of perimenopause most of the symptoms are in fact related to high oestrogen in relation to progesterone, The graph below is as a guide only,
More women are now working during this stage of their life which can place a huge stress on their worklife as they struggle to maintain their high work ethic while suffering from symptoms of perimenpause. I also work with organisations to raise the profile of this stage of a woman's life so that it is openly supported in the workplace.
My role is to explain the scientific rationale behind what is going on in your body. I strongly believe that when people understand the science behind how their bodies work, people are more willing and able to make the recommended dietary changes.
I will guide you through the necessary dietary changes to help you to manage your symptoms and to improve your mental resilience. For those suffering from hot flushes, dietary advice may help to reduce hot flush frequency by 20.6% and severity by 26.2%.
If you are in the earlier stages of perimenopause I will discuss how to manage oestrogen excess with simple dietary changes. I will also focus on the health of your gut and the microbes that live there as their importance is crucial to strong mental health and also for the removal of oestrogen from the body. (They are also really important to ensure the efficient functioning of your immune system!)
Unfortunately menopause increases your risk of heart disease and osteoporosis so I will ensure that you are eating the correct foods to reduce your risk.
Please don't hesitate to call me (or email me) to talk about your symptoms to see if an appointment is appropriate.