Menopause is the time in women when the ovaries begin to secrete less and less estrogen. The name given to this transition period is perimenopause. Estrogen levels fluctuate considerably during perimenopause. These waves cause menstruation to be irregular, heavy and sometimes cramping. The changes experienced during perimenopause are a natural process and can usually be controlled with medicines and natural remedies.
Symptoms of Perimenopause
With perimenopause, women’s levels of reproductive hormones released from the ovaries – estrogen and progesterone – begin to change. In some women, perimenopause may be asymptomatic except for menstrual irregularities, but in others it may cause different symptoms. Some of these symptoms are as follows:
If estrogen is high:
- Breast tenderness
- Abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding
If estrogen is low:
- Vaginal dryness
- Night sweats
- Sleep disorders
- Osteoporosis or reduced bone density
- Feeling exhausted
Treatment Recommendations for Perinemopause
It is possible to reduce ovarian pain in perimenopause with natural methods. To achieve this, warm baths and showers, walking, swimming, gentle exercises such as yoga, drinking plenty of water, breathing exercises and gentle abdominal massage are usually recommended. If the mens and symptoms are very severe, the patient may be given painkillers. In addition to all these, the following methods will also help to control or reduce the symptoms of perimenopause.
- Balanced and regular nutrition
- Ensure weight control
- Consume foods that facilitate digestion. (Foods such as cereals, fiber foods, nuts, vegetables and fruits strengthen the digestive system and facilitate digestion.)
- Reducing fat consumption, especially saturated and trans fat consumption, eating foods low in fat, choosing healthy fats such as olive oil and coconut oil
- Trying to limit refined wheat and sugar intake
- Consuming protein sources such as fish and skinless chicken instead of red meat
- Regular exercise
- Try alternative therapies such as meditation, yoga, acupuncture, hypnotherapy
- Vitamin D Omega-3 Vitamin E Calcium Fenugreek Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) Phytoestrogen Dong Quai Evening primrose oil Taking vitamin supplements such as ginseng (such supplements can be useful in treating pain, inflammation and cramps).