When you approach your 40’s your body gradually stops producing estrogen hormone- a key hormone that helps to regulate your menstrual cycle. This period is called perimenopause. In simple words, Perimenopause means the period before menopause. It is also known as the transitional phase. It usually lasts from 4 to 6 years, but for some women, it may take longer or less.
During this period women may suffer from symptoms such as:
- Irregular periods
- Hot flashes,
- Vaginal dryness
- Night sweats
- Weight changes
- Mood changes
- Low libido
- Urinary tract infection
- Dry mouth and dry eyes
- Joints pain
- Digestion issue
There are many misconceptions about perimenopause.
Here are some myths about perimenopause and its clarification.
Perimenopause and menopause are the same.
Myth 1 Busted:
Perimenopause is the phase leading up to menopause when hormonal changes begin, while menopause is the point at which a woman has not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. Perimenopause can last for several years before menopause occurs.
The earlier you get your period, the earlier you’ll start perimenopause
Myth 2 Busted:
In reality, the exact opposite is true. perimenopause may begin earlier if you start menstruating later than average.
It’s hard to predict the age when you’ll start perimenopause, but there are some clues that can help you figure out when to start.
Common Factors That May Impact Periomonpause
When your mother begins perimenopause is the best indicator of when you will also begin. But other factors matter, too such as:
You also may be more likely to start perimenopause early if
- you do smoke
- have an autoimmune disease
- have had chemotherapy
You may be likely to have later perimenopause:
- Drinking alcohol can lead to later perimenopause.
- More pregnancies indicate a later perimenopause
Symptoms of perimenopause are the same for everyone.
Myth 3 Busted:
Menopause is not the same for everyone.
It varies in experience, time of onset, and presentation and severity of symptoms. Some individuals have worse symptoms than others, some may have little or no symptoms at all. It is not possible for a single person to have all symptoms. In short, it’s up to the individual.
Hormone therapy is the only way to treat perimenopause.
Myth 4 Busted:
Perimenopause is a physiological process. It’s not an illness. Cessation of the menstruation period is also a part of life. If we disturb the physiological process by giving hormone replacement therapy, then the side effects will definitely come. Such as stroke, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, and blood clots. Some research also suggests that HRT has more benefits than risks. But still, it’s better to go with the natural way.
There are many natural ways to reduce menopausal symptoms.
- You should adopt a perimenopause-friendly diet. It can treat vasomotor symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. Such as soy may help alleviate your hot flashes. Do not use soy supplements. You should avoid alcohol, spicy foods, processed sugar, and fats.
- Try yoga, pranayama, and meditation related to perimenopause. This will be a great help for your mood swings.
- Estrogen plays a vital role in bone health. So, eat food that is rich in calcium and vitamin D to prevent bone loss.
Perimenopause means the end of your sex life.
Myth 5 Busted:
Perimenopause doesn’t mean the end of your sex life. However, it may cause vaginal dryness that’s why you may feel uncomfortable during sex.
Hormonal changes that occur during this life stage can cause vaginal dryness, which is a common symptom. A decrease in estrogen levels is the main cause of vaginal dryness, which is also called vaginal atrophy or atrophic vaginitis.
Use Water-based or silicone-based lubricants during sexual activity to reduce friction and discomfort. These are temporary solutions but can be beneficial in the short term. But it’s less harmful.
The myths surrounding perimenopause can often lead to misunderstandings and unnecessary anxiety for many women. It is essential to separate fact from fiction and provide accurate information. I hope this article has given you an understanding of the misconceptions about Perimenopause.