Perimenopause includes the period of time that leads to menopause. It usually last for 2 to 8 years, and includes the first menopausal year. The first symptoms, such as period irregularities, frequently appear in women over 40. Their menstrual cycle can lengthen or shorten and they might experience periods in which they don’t ovulate.
The conventional medicine suggests the use of female sexual hormones, to replace the missing hormones in the body.
Hormone replacement therapy (or HRT) is usually associated with nausea, headaches and vaginal hemorrhage. This therapy also has its risks, increasing the chances of developing the breast cancer and blood clots. Some women find it unpleasant to be forced to take synthetic drugs.
Natural Cures for Perimenopause
Natural and herbal medications are used to treat many different disorders and diseases. Many believe that these medications don’t have any side effects, but this statement is not true. Consult your doctor, before you start the treatment with any kind of natural supplements.
The natural approach to perimenopause treatment is the use of estrogen and progesteron derivated from herbs, in order to mimic normally present female sexual hormones in the body. There are also natural products which could stimulate the glands in the body, to produce more hormones. Some herbalists treat every perimenopausal symptom on its own, using different herb for nausea, hot flashes, libido problems, and tiredness.
Soy and its products are rich in phytoestrogens (plant estrogens, isoflavones). Some studies have shown that women eating soy bread and drinks made of soy have milder hot flashes than those who don’t use soy. You could try soy milk, tofu (soy cheese), soy burgers or anything made of soy flour. These soy products are known to decrease the risk of heart problems, osteoporosis, high cholesterol and cancers.
Red clover is an Asian plant, rich in phytoestrogens. It might be helpful to ease unpleasant symptoms of menopause.
Dong quai is for centuries used in China. It is believed that this herb can cure PMS, menstrual problems, circulation problems and hypertension.
Black cohosh (or black snakeroot, rattleroot) is the plant used by Native Americans, to treat different gynecological problems. Some studies have proven its short term efficiency, but there were some unpleasant side effects connected with the use.
Peruvian maca root stimulates glands in the body to make more sexual hormones. It is used both in men and women, and it is known as libido, fertility and energy booster. This herb is considered helpful in PMS and menopausal symptoms.
Mexican wild yam is rich in substance similar as natural progesterone. Creams containing this herb should be applied to the body and they can help with relieving menopause problems.
Chasteberry (Vitex agnus castus) can be used to increase the progesterone production. It is also well known to ease PMS and menopausal symptoms.