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Perimenopause Booklet

Perimenopause booklet

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Perimenopause

Perimenopause is the name given to the years during which your reproductive system winds down ready for menopause.

Also known as Pre-menopause.

About the Condition

Declining hormonal levels, especially progesterone result in hormonal imbalance. Anovulatory cycles or under production of progesterone post ovulation is the primary cause of perimenopausal symptoms leading to estrogen dominance.

Perimenopausal ovaries no longer produce a predictable amount of the hormones progesterone, testosterone and estrogen. Perimenopause is an expected, natural part of ageing, not a disease. Some women have no or very mild perimenopausal symptoms. However, in many women ovarian insufficiency leads to:

  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Forgetfulness
  • Mood swings
  • Menstrual problems and
  • Loss of sexual desire

In about 20% of women acute symptoms affecting their quality-of-life may last for 3 to 6 years if steps are not taken to manage the symptoms.

Menopause occurs the day after your final period finishes, so it is diagnosed in hindsight. It is the definitive end of menstruation and fertility, when no menstrual periods have occurred for 12 consecutive months.

Next page: Symptoms of Perimenopause

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Symptoms of Perimenopause

In women the overall symptoms of estrogen dominance are often nondescript

  • a general malaise
  • a feeling that something is just not right
  • of not being on top of life and
  • a general loss of confidence in one’s self and abilities

Physically, mentally and emotionally the most common symptoms include:

  • Aches and pains
  • Exacerbation of autoimmune disorders
  • Breast tenderness
  • Cold hands and feet as a symptom of thyroid dysfunction
  • Copper excess
  • Decreased sex drive, depression with anxiety or agitation
  • Dry eyes
  • Early onset of menstruation
  • Fat gain, especially around the abdomen, hips and thighs
  • Fatigue
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Foggy thinking
  • Hair loss
  • Headaches
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Increased blood clotting
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Irritability, memory loss, mood swings, PMS
  • Insomnia
  • Magnesium deficiency
  • Sluggish metabolism, thyroid dysfunction mimicking hypothyroidism
  • Water retention, bloating
  • Zinc deficiency

Some perimenopausal women may experience only one or two of these symptoms whereas others may experience many.

Progression

Transition to menopause often leading to worsening of certain symptoms. Often symptomatic treatments are offered eg antidepressant, oral contraceptives which may exacerbate of mask underlying etiology.

Next page: Causes of Perimenopause Symptoms

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Causes of Perimenopause Symptoms

From the late thirties onwards, very subtle body changes take place triggered by gradual hormonal shifts. Women usually experience noticeable perimenopausal symptoms of varying intensity from the early forties until the onset of menopause.

Perimenopausal symptoms are generally the result of estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance is due to insufficient progesterone production from the ovaries to balance estrogen production.

Diagnosis

Tests: FHS, LH, E2 and day 21 Progesterone. Also T, cFT and SHBG.

  • Evaluation of the full collective of symptoms . Age, reproductive history of pregnancies, gynaecology, sexual function and menstrual patterns
  • Biochemistry has limited value if not taken at day 21-22 of cycle, because progesterone is the key hormone to examine.
  • Progesterone deficiency questionnaire.

Next page: Treatment and Management of Perimenopause

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For women

ProFeme® 10% Progesterone Cream is specifically designed for use in women with declined or lowered progesterone levels.

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For women

AndroFeme® 1% Testosterone Cream is designed for use in women with testosterone deficiency and/or low libido.

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Treatment and Management of Perimenopause

Perimenopausal women can effectively control their symptoms using natural progesterone, testosterone and occasionally estrogen either alone or in combination depending upon individual circumstances. The first step in managing perimenopausal symptoms is to clearly establish the underlying hormonal imbalance (usually estrogen dominance), or if you suffer from another condition with similar symptoms.

Proper treatment will help control and manage symptoms during the transition to menopause.

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Poor bladder control
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Weight gain
  • Lack of energy
  • Malaise
  • Forgetfulness
  • Cloudy thoughts
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Reduced sexual motivation
  • Sore bones, general aches and pains

Next page: Further Information about Perimenopause

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ProFeme® 10% Progesterone Cream is specifically designed for use in women with declined or lowered progesterone levels.

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AndroFeme 1 testosterone cream packaging

For women

AndroFeme® 1% Testosterone Cream is designed for use in women with testosterone deficiency and/or low libido.

Downloadable Resources

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Topics discussed in the Understanding Perimenopause booklet include:

  • What is perimenopause?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of perimenopause?
  • Key areas affected during perimenopause
  • When can I expect perimenopause?
  • How can I decrease my symptoms?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • When is menopause official?
  • What are the pros and cons of natural progesterone treatment versus synthetics?
  • What is the role of progesterone in humans?
  • What are the side-effects of progesterone replacement therapy?
  • What is the role of testosterone in humans?

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For women

ProFeme® 10% Progesterone Cream is specifically designed for use in women with declined or lowered progesterone levels.

Downloadable Resources

AndroFeme® 1

AndroFeme 1 testosterone cream packaging

For women

AndroFeme® 1% Testosterone Cream is designed for use in women with testosterone deficiency and/or low libido.

Downloadable Resources

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