I love this article. It is clear that Jennifer makes her own choices about her body, even against her doctor’s advice if she feels it is not in her best interest. She has a great attitude about perimenopause (and menopause) which helps to pave her way through this transition with grace and ease.
If you have perimenopause symptoms, why not investigate the herbal suggestions in this article as Jennifer did. You will want to do your research or contact an Herbalist who is experienced in that area.
Another solution is to read about and become familiar with what Dr. John Lee recommended. By using a “real” progesterone cream to balance the estrogen that you are still producing, you will alleviate many of your symptoms and challenges if you are estrogen dominant. Many women become estrogen dominant which puts everything way out of whack. There is not one solution for every person.
The Pause That Refreshes – Written by Nashauna Drummond, Lifestyle Coordinator
In her mid-50s, menopause was not on Jennifer’s radar. That was until early last year. “One day, I was sitting at my desk and I felt a very cold sensation run from the top of my head to my neck,” she told Flair of her first symptom.
“It felt like someone had put an ice cold towel over me and it felt nice. It happened at least 10 times each day for three weeks and it never occurred to me that it was menopause.”
One day, she mentioned it to her fiancé who told her that it sounded like cold sweat. “I thought, ‘You know he could be right?’ But if that’s what menopause was, bring it on!”
But then came the hot flashes accompanied by raging headaches. “I didn’t consult my doctor because I knew he would recommend hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and having attended two major menopause medical conferences in the United States where all the world’s leading experts in the field agreed that HRT invariably led to extreme side-effects – including heart disease, I was not going that route.
I spoke to older women, including my mom, and they recommended black cohosh, evening primrose and red clover capsules – all natural supplements that minimize the symptoms.
I have been taking them since, along with vitamin E, and trying to eat healthier – adding more broccoli and mushrooms to my diet.”
Although she didn’t know it at the time, Jennifer was actually peri-menopausal. This is the stage before menopause when the ovaries gradually produce less oestrogen and which lasts until menopause when the ovaries stop releasing eggs.
”In January 2011, my period stopped but resumed in April, so I visited my doctor and he told me I was peri-menopausal. You only become menopausal when your monthly cycle stops for 12 consecutive months. In October they became longer lasting – seven to 10 days.”
By November, Jennifer’s menstrual cycle again stopped, but resumed in February 2012. This time they were unbearably long – two-three weeks – so she again consulted her doctor.
”He recommended a hysterectomy. I wasn’t having it. I never hated my periods.” She added she had heard many horror stories from women she knew and what they went through with the hormone imbalance that not having your ovaries would lead to.
“So I didn’t like the idea. I just asked for something to minimize the length of my periods.”
Since May, Jennifer’s periods have again stopped and her hot flashes have intensified. “I will break into sweat at the most inopportune time,” she told Flair.
”I have a lot of friends who are doctors whom I have spoken to, so I am prepared to deal with it. I also know a lot of women who didn’t take HRT.”
She added that since her first symptom, she has only experienced one violent rage which was associated with her headaches that make her very sensitive to noise.
”In the initial months of the hot flashes, I got agitated. Now I feel a cool sensation. Though my entire body feels hot, below my knees I feel a cool sensation like air-conditioning. I’ve conditioned myself not to fan; I keep napkins to mop my brow and if I feel hot I will dab it lightly. In the nights, it will be an on and off with the covers. I hope it doesn’t get worse and hope I continue to ride it through comfortably.”
Her comfort level has also remained intact as it relates to her sexual urges which most women complain about, especially vaginal dryness. “A lot of my friends complain that they get turned off from sex. I have none of those issues. I’m glad that I have a man who really understands the ageing process. He is totally understanding.
Menopause for me is the pause that refreshes. I am not dreading it, I have accepted it as yet another miracle milestone in a woman’s fascinating life.”
Do you have perimenopause symptoms ? This time in your life does not have to be a bad experience! There are choices we have that our moms never had. By changing your diet, exercising and reducing stress , your hormones will be in a better place. Another solution for you to try is Progesterone Creme.
As I said above, Dr. John Lee studied progesterone for years and since the estrogen drops in your body (for the majority of women) and progesterone decreases considerably, by adding a true progesterone creme, it will help to balance the estrogen that is still in your body. Visit Menopause Coach for more information.