Perimenopause are the years leading up to menopause. Estrogen levels rise and fall unevenly, your menstrual cycles will vary, and this is stage of life can be two years or longer leading up to menopause. There are some healthy lifestyle choices you can make to help ease the transition into menopause.
Practice Good Nutrition. You are at risk of osteoporosis, your risk of heart disease increases at this time, and your metabolism is slowing down. Follow a low-fat, high-fiber diet with calcium rich foods.
Develop an Exercise Routine. Prevent and control weight gain with a good exercise routine. It will also help you sleep better, lower stress, and strengthen bones.
Signs and Symptoms of Menopause
Most women will reach menopause sometime between the ages 45 and 55. While you are considered to be in menopause one year after your final menstrual period, there are many changes and symptoms that happen before you reach menopause.
Irregular menstrual periods
One or more missed periods
Decreased sex drive
Living With Hot Flashes
As your body changes, you will need to make changes to your lifestyle to help maintain a healthy life.Learn your triggers. Slight increase in temperature can trigger hot flashes for some women and different foods and drinks can also trigger hot flashes. Some tips to living with hot flashes
Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks
Avoid hot or spicy foods
Dress in layers
Use fans or open windows to circulate air
Yoga and meditation to help relax
Talk with your doctor about other treatment options.