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  • Writer's pictureTina Belt, L.Ac. Dipl OM

Many women struggle with perimenopause… few know how to find relief


Woman with menopause struggling with hot flashes

Did you know at least 25% of women experience severe perimenopause symptoms? If you’ve been struggling with heavy bleeding, severe hot flashes, and sleepless nights… you’re not alone.


Perimenopause can have drastic impacts to your life. You might feel your relationship is crumbling because they don’t understand the pain you’re in, you might worry about where you stand at work because you can’t think straight or miss a lot of days, you might feel ignored by your practitioner who doesn’t understand how to help your symptoms.


Many women pursue hormonal treatments to help their symptoms, but some doctors might deny administering hormones depending on your hormone levels. This approach also isn’t a fix all solution.


So how do you get your life back? First we have to understand what’s going on in your body.

 

What is perimenopause?

Perimenopause marks the period where your hormones begin to shift before your periods stop completely. Many women call this entire transition menopause, but it’s made up of phases.


Perimenopause occurs because your body stops making good hormones and your estrogen levels drop and can last up to 10 years.  You only have a certain number of eggs, which will affect ovulation and your hormonal cycle.


Estrogen production centers around ovulation, when you stop ovulating- you stop producing estrogen.


This marks the end of your reproductive era, and typically comes with uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes, anxiety, trouble sleeping, irritability, and more.


Once perimenopause ends, you’ll enter menopause. This occurs after 1 year of having no periods at all.


Why are your hormones important?

Your hormones affect more than your reproductive system, which is why it’s important to balance them once you transition into perimenopause. Just because you are exiting your reproductive era doesn’t mean you don’t need to balance your estrogen and progesterone.


Estrogen also influences your heart and brain, which is why you get hot flashes, have difficulty sleeping, and experience mood changes.


Keeping your hormonal levels balanced will minimize disruptions to your other systems and reduce uncomfortable symptoms. You have estrogen receptors in your brain and bladder, which help these important organs work smoothly. Estrogen also plays an important role in maintaining healthy bones.


How do you balance your hormones?

There are multiple holistic approaches you can use to balance your hormones. These treatments are easy and very relaxing.


Acupuncture: Acupuncture balances the energy in your body by targeting stimulus points for your hormonal system. It improves blood flow, reduces inflammation, and reduces the rise and fall of your hormonal levels.


Hormones are chemical messengers, and these messengers require a strong flow of energy to work properly. Acupuncture removes blockages in your energy to help keep everything moving smoothly.


Chinese herbs: Like acupuncture, Chinese herbs balance your body’s energy. They also provide nourishment for your vitality.


They can calm your nervous system, stimulate hormone production, increase blood flow, and decrease inflammation.


Functional medicine: Functional medicine focuses on what you eat, the supplements you take, and the toxins you’re exposed to. All of which can impact your hormonal health.


Some foods and chemicals can cause more inflammation than others, worsening your perimenopause symptoms. If you come up with a functional medicine gameplan, you can give your body the nourishments it needs and free it of toxins making it difficult for you to function.


Good Needles provides important women’s health treatments for easing your transition into menopause. You don’t have to suffer through perimenopause, you can enjoy this new period of life.


If you’re ready to get relief from your symptoms, schedule an appointment. We can help you get your life back and feel great again.

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