It started with more frequent periods, which led to a diagnosis of anemia. After a visit with a gynecologist and several other tests, I was informed that I was going through perimenopause.
According to the Mayo Clinic, perimenopause or menopausal transition is the interval in which a woman’s body makes a natural shift from regular cycles of ovulation and menstruation toward menopause. The age this process begins vary in different females. What is common are the symptoms associated with perimenopause: depression, hot flashes, sleeps problems, vaginal dryness and irregularity in periods. Maintaining your sanity as your body goes haywire is challenging. Below are things I have done to help myself.
Five ways to deal with perimenopause:
1- Get sleep.
Accept your need to snooze eight hours a night. This resting period allows you to rejuvenate mentally and physically. A natural way to ensure this is by taking Melatonin, a supplement that relaxes the body and helps users go to sleep. Also, invest in quality bedding and a fan. This combo is must if you suffer from hot flashes.
2- Stay ready.
Keep extra underwear in your purse and store your hall closet full of feminine supplies. Because perimenopause is often associated with flooding, you don’t want to be caught by surprise. Be prepared for the kind of menstrual cycle that may have eluded you previously. (Suggestion for heavy bleeders: Kotex Natural Balance Overnight )
3- Accept meds.
In order to regulate your period and minimize other symptoms, your primary care physician may prescribe you hormones or change the dosage of your birth control pills. Don’t fight this process. In order to successfully manage your journey through perimenopause, you may need medication.
4- Reduce Stress.
Understand that your body is under a lot of stress. As a result, you can no longer be superwoman. So go on your breaks at work. Ask your family to do their part in running the household. Take care of yourself. (See: How to Say No Politely)
5- Be healthier.
Reduce the amount of sugar and salt in your diet. Move. Make small changes such as parking further away from your destination or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Take supplements geared toward women going through perimenopause. Being healthier translates into feeling better.
Back to me. I am still going through perimenopause. Yet, by implementing the above changes to my lifestyle, I am feel much better. You will too.
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