We all know that as a women, ‘the change’ is inevitable! And we’ve all heard of the menopause, but there is also a stage before that (we are lucky hey!). This stage is called the perimenopause. So basically for us women, this is the ‘stage’ before the actual ‘stage’!
Perimenopause, What Exactly Is It?
Perimenopause is your body’s natural transition into producing less estrogen. The menstrual transition is marked by your body’s adjustment to these new hormone levels, and for many women it can mean some less than ideal symptoms.
As your ovaries produce less of the estrogen hormone, your periods become irregular. You may notice that you are starting to skip periods, or that your periods become either lighter or heavier. Eventually, your monthly cycle will stop all together. Only once you’ve gone a year without having a period, are you considered to have reached full menopause.
Perimenopause usually begins several years before actual menopause. This is the time when the ovaries gradually begin to make less estrogen. It usually starts in a woman’s 40s, but can start in her 30s or even earlier for some!
I know for myself, it started in my late 30’s. I had no idea what was going on at first. My heart would race, I would suddenly feel internally HOT (and not good looking hot, hot as in OMG where is the ice bath HOT!?!), and the night sweats! Wow, they are INTENSE!
Perimenopause lasts right up until menopause, the point when the ovaries stop releasing eggs. In the last 1 to 2 years of perimenopause, this drop in estrogen speeds up. At this stage, many women experience menopause symptoms.
How Long Does It Last?
The average length of time that the perimenopause lasts is 4 years (yay, not!), but for some women this stage may last only a few months or continue for 10 years – can you imagine?!
So what are some of the signs to look out for that could mean you’re going through perimenopause?
Women in perimenopause will typically have at least some of these symptoms:
- Breast tenderness
- Mood swings
- Worse than normal PMS
- Low or lower sex drive
- Irregular periods
- Vaginal dryness
- Hot flashes
- An urgent need to urinate more frequently
- Restless sleep
Please be sure to seek medical attention for any changes in your body! I am not a doctor and professional advice should always be sought out!
There are many natural remedies that can help you to support your body through this ‘change of life’.
One way is with essential oils, and this is a method that I use daily with great results. In a moment we will look at some of the oils you can use!
If you aren’t interested in prescribed medications to help you manage your symptoms, you may choose to consider alternative solutions. Some essential oils have been found to provide relief, and I can personally say that I have had amazing results.
Below I have listed the top essential oils that I have personally used and find to be the most beneficial.
During your menstrual cycle, apply to the abdomen to experience a soothing and calming massage and to help with bloating and pain. This blend is also great for hot flashes, apply to the skin for a cooling, soothing effect. Clary Sage oils are particularly good for helping muscle spasms and is therefore great for cramping.
Peppermint provides a cool, tingling sensation that can help cool you down in the event of a hot flash. Apply it to the back of the neck and temples when needed. It also helps with achy joints, headaches, tummy upsets and it can give you an energy boost, too!
Lavender has long been used in aromatherapy to promote feelings of relaxation and to support healthy sleep. In addition to reducing the anxiety of perimenopause and menopause, lavender can help menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, heart palpitations and headaches. Lavender can also promote feelings of relaxation and help improve the quality of your sleep. During this time, insomnia and other sleep-related problems are common. You may find it beneficial to add lavender aromatherapy to your night time routine.
Geranium has been found to help menopausal women manage hormonal changes. One to two drops rubbed into the palms of the hands and then inhaled is great for immediate stress relief. Geranium is also helpful for dry skin, so consider adding a few drops of diluted geranium oil to the water during a relaxing, hot bath. Research also suggests that this essential oil has anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects.
If you’re looking for ways to increase your estrogen levels or to help improve your mood, consider adding basil aromatherapy to your daily regimen. Basil can also be helpful against hot flashes when diluted and applied to your feet or rubbed across the back of your neck.
Bergamot is the only citrus fruit to contain melitidin and brutieridin which has been proven to have anti-cholesterol effects similar to statin drugs. Bergamot essential oil can be used for a lot of the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause and is particularly good for helping with balancing your hormone levels as well as blood sugar levels. It is also great for mild anxiety, which can sometimes come with hormone fluctuations. The flavonoids in the essential oil can act on the glands to stimulate the production of neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. The oil can help you to relax.
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Melissa Mitchell is the founder of Blue Bubble Aroma Supplies and Melissa Mitchell Health & Wealth. She works by supporting others to live a healthier life by incorporating essential oils for daily life, for mindfulness, mediation and manifestation. Melissa believes in empowering others to reach their full potential in mind body and soul and synergistic living.
She offers a wide range of Aromatherapy supplies including essential oils, e-books, training, chakra jewellery and healing crystals.