Perimenopause, referred to as the transitional stage before full menopause is another confusing and sometimes uncomfortable stage that every woman will experience at some point. “Peri”, which stems from the Latin, meaning around or about defines perfectly this stage where a woman’s body starts to show the signs and symptoms of the dreaded menopause.
Signs & Symptoms Perimenopause
Perimenopause has a weird way of manifesting itself. Some women can feel the first signs as early as in their 30s, but this remains quite rare. In most cases, women start noticing the first
signs and symptoms in their 40s. Irregular menstruations are usually the tell-tale signs that full menopause is on its way.
Other symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings and vaginal dryness, usually experienced during the final stage of the transition are not so uncommon. It’s difficult to list all the possible symptoms as each individual is different, but generally speaking, the symptoms are more or less the same as the ones experienced during the menopause stage, except perhaps for their intensity.
In any case, should your menstruation become irregular at some point, it’s best to visit your physician to make sure that there is no other underlying problem causing the change in your periods. Since perimenopause can be difficult to diagnose when a woman is young, it’s best to be safe than sorry.
Full menopause is confirmed only when a woman’s menstruations have stopped during 12 months at least, unless a complete hysterectomy was performed, in which case, full menopause would kick up right away.
The “12 months test” is the number one criteria for doctors to determine whether menopause has finally been reached. Blood tests are sometimes needed to check the level of hormones, but most doctors tend to rely on women’s own intuitions and feelings.
Perimenopause and Pregnancy?
Most women wonder–and rightfully so– if it’s still possible to get pregnant whilst going through perimenopause. The answer is yes to some extent, and depends mostly on how your fertility has been affected and reduced during the phase. Pregnancy is already a complicated issue to understand but perimenopause can really make it even more difficult for women.
If you happen to know that you are the very start of the perimenopause and if by any chance you are still in your 30s– and by this I mean early 30s since perimenopause can occur early on as explained above–the chances of you getting pregnant will be greater than a woman in her late 30s for instance. This is pretty logical but again, pregnancy is a complex and subtle matter and you can never be 100% sure.
If you’re not planning a pregnancy, then the best advice is to use some form of contraception until you’ve reached full menopause. Making a doctor’s appointment is always a good idea when you go through a transition like this, especially with regards to contraception. Some forms are more adapted than others to what you may be going through.
What about Treatments for Perimenopause?
As explained above, perimenopause can produce a wide range of different symptoms, most of them similar to the ones you get when you go through the normal menopausal phase. However, studies have shown that the intensity of the symptoms can be significantly lower. This doesn’t mean that you should ignore or live with them. Look out for treatments as soon as you can.
Hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, irregular menstruations are difficult to live with especially if they start early on. The second problem with perimenopause is that whilst you know when they start—and again, they can start at an early age—you don’t know when they’ll end!
Treatments are necessary to alleviate the symptoms and ensure that a woman in her 30s can live as normal a life as possible. The current conventional treatments are mainly low-dose birth control pills, skin patches or progesterone injection. These are treatments and not cure as perimenopause is a normal biological phase and not a disease.
Do They Work?
To some degree, yes! They do provide the necessary relief but for a short period of time only. Just like with most conventional forms of treatment, after a while, the body tends to get used to the molecule and this means that the symptoms will return, sometimes in a more severe form.
We have mentioned progesterone injection. Since perimenopause is caused by a severe change in the hormone levels, and in this particular case a surge in oestrogen, supplementing the depleted levels of progesterone is a logical thing to do.
However, injections are painful and can’t be done too often because of the side effects produced by the excipient or “inactive substance” that transfer the molecules inside the body.
Progesterone Hormone in a Cream? Really?
Since the best way to reduce the symptoms of perimenopause has to do with supplementing the levels of progesterone , our company, NatPro has produced a simple, safe and yet very effective way of doing it. Indeed, the concept behind natural progesterone cream is very simple.
The cream, which is made up entirely of organic plants contains the exact same progesterone molecule that is produced by a woman’s reproductive system. When applied and absorbed through the skin, the progesterone is identified by your biological system as similar and distributed evenly.
This evenly distribution at regular intervals- preferably twice a day– helps re-balance your hormonal system and clear up the main perimenopausal symptoms. More and more women are using the cream firstly for its effectiveness, secondly because it’s easy to use, and finally because the price is reasonable.
To get optimum results, NatPro Natural Progesterone Cream is best applied onto areas where the skin is soft. Your face, neck, breast and inner thighs are usually the best areas and it’s also good to change so that the body doesn’t get used to it. This can indeed lower the efficiency of the active ingredients, so you must apply the cream to different areas of your skin for the best results.
Natural progesterone cream is definitely the leading alternative treatment available on the market to treat the many menopausal symptoms and if you happen to go through the perimenopausal stage, you’ll be surprised how effective NatPro in reducing the symptoms. Finally, it’s best to use it for at least 6 months and then adapt accordingly.