The menopause is a gradual process, which is followed by ‘perimenopause’. Perimenopause is a transition period which can bring in a different experience for every woman. It generally begins in the 40s, although women in 30s (or even earlier) may experience it. What is experienced by one may be quite different from another and some women may not find symptoms overwhelming. However, others may not find it easy to live without intervening with a treatment procedure.
Experts suggest that with new studies, it has become practically possible to combat the symptoms of perimenopasue (as hot flashes) and improve the quality of life. There are several treatment options including foods, vitamins, minerals, lifestyle adjustments and medications which can help combat those unfavorable, and sometimes painful, effects of perimenopause.
Remember to consult your doctor before deciding on the form of treatment, particularly the risks and benefits. You would also want to have periodic reviews. Some practically useful elements of perimenopause treatment are:
Perimenopause Treatment Tips
Perimenopause and menopause symptoms can be considerably relieved through (systemic) estrogen therapy. Hot flashes and night sweats are common symptoms in perimenopause which can be treated through controlled dose of estrogen or/and progesterone (depending whether uterus is present or not). There are other benefits of systemic estrogen therapy like prevention of bone loss. Hormone therapy can be administered as pill, gel, skin patch or cream.
There is a class of drugs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs) which may help obtain relief from hot flashes. Women who cannot resort to estrogen intake or experience mood disorder can take antidepressant. Experts suggest choosing from amongst several synthetic and natural ‘bioidentical’ estrogen products which can help stabilize hormone levels and relief symptoms.
Another medication gabapentin, which is used in seizures, can help reduce hot flashes. This drug can particularly help women who have migraines. Low-dose contraceptive pills may also help relief hot flashes for some time. Additionally, birth control skin patch, progesterone injections and vaginal ring may also provide relief. Any medication should, however, be only administered under strict medical supervision.
Women experiencing problems with sex drive and performance may seek help from a counselor or a doctor. Vaginal lubricants may prove helpful if vaginal dryness is a problem behind low or painful sexual indulgence. Vaginal estrogen, which can relieve vaginal dryness, can also be used directly (vaginal tablet). It can provide comfort with intercourse and help ease certain urinary symptoms.
Almost 70%-85% of women experience falling estrogen and above-normal FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) levels. It is suggestive that vitamin E intake (as supplements) can provide beneficial outcomes in easing perimenopasue symptoms.
Those containing soy isoflavones or black cohosh may be particularly beneficial. Vitamin E possibly functions like a weak estrogen in the body. Bioflavonoid, like vitamin E, may work similarly.
Taking care of the body is the prime requisite for expecting favorable outcomes from it! Weight management can serve vitally in preventing/managing symptoms of perimenopasue. Women are vulnerable to weight gain due to several reasons and the younger weight control is begun, the better it can prove to be. Besides weight, cholesterol level should also be kept under check. Restrict to a healthy diet, avoid smoking and get regular exercise.