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Helping Patients Understand Perimenopause

*written by BioTe

 

8 Symptoms of Perimenopause

1. Irregular Periods 

Many patients report that the duration and regularity of periods may begin to change. As perimenopause progresses, periods may become further and further apart.

2. Decreased Bone Density

With declining estrogen levels, many women may begin to lose bone density.

3. Increased Cholesterol Levels

As estrogen levels decline, many patients may experience an increase in LDL, “the bad cholesterol” and a decrease of HDL “the good cholesterol.” This may increase the risk of heart disease.

4. Hot Flashes

Many women experience flushing of the skin and difficulty controlling their body temperature as metabolism changes occur.

5. Difficulty Sleeping

Many women report difficulty sleeping and lower energy levels, even after a good night’s sleep.

6. Vaginal Discomfort

As estrogen levels decrease, vaginal tissue may lose moisture and tone, contributing to discomfort. These symptoms may be most noticeable during sexual intercourse.

7. Loss of Libido

During perimenopause, sexual arousal and desire may change.

8. Low Mood

Low mood or mood fluctuations, including irritability, may be related to a hormone imbalance, and may also be caused by associated perimenopause symptoms like hot flashes and trouble sleeping.

 

6 Ways to Help Manage Perimenopause

1. Eat Healthy

Consuming healthy, nutrient-dense foods is essential to help the body get what it needs. Avoiding highly processed foods that are high in calories may also help manage weight, as many women report a drop in metabolism during perimenopause.

2. Fill the Gaps With Nutraceuticals

As the body is put under stress during perimenopause, it is vital to ensure that it receives all the nutrients it needs to function properly. BioTE’s Nutraceuticals, like ADK, can help fill nutritional gaps for patients, and may even promote bone strength.

3. Exercise Regularly

As muscle mass may decrease along with a slowed metabolism during perimenopause, regular exercise focused on aerobics and muscle building is essential to maintaining health.

4. Stop Smoking

Most patients are already aware of the dangers of smoking and its harmful effects on their health. These effects may be even more pronounced during perimenopause, as smoking may sap the body of vitamins and minerals that it needs to thrive.

5. Manage Stress

Unmitigated stress can exacerbate symptoms of perimenopause, including insomnia, hot flashes, and irritability. Activities like meditation and yoga that promote mindfulness can be a great resource. Talking to a mental health professional or family and friends can also help.

6. Get Better Sleep

Patients should always be trying to get at least eight hours of sleep every night. Anyone experiencing difficulties falling or staying asleep should also avoid caffeine and alcohol.

 

Addressing Symptoms Through Hormone Optimization

Many of the changes that patients experience during perimenopause are a result of decreasing estrogen. As a BioTE provider, you test for and treat hormone imbalance. By optimizing estrogen and progesterone levels, as well as testosterone, you are helping restore balance to several important biological systems.

By regularly testing and adjusting hormone levels, and addressing patient symptoms as they occur, you provide a personalized, compassionate level of care that is ideal for managing the symptoms associated with this substantial life change.<?p>

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