Breaking the Silence: Peri menopause and Finding Relief

Breaking the Silence: Peri menopause and Finding Relief

ICYMI, older millennials are at the fine, ripe, gorgeous age where some of us may begin to hit peri menopause. Yes, it's that time of life where some may start to see early symptoms that signify a transition into their menopausal years. This means we are ending the reproductive stage of our hormonal life cycle. And guess what, It's natural, a gift, and can be celebrated and accepted like any other stage of life. But alas, the age of perimenopuase, like so many other aspects of reproductive health... society and the patriarchy has something to say about it.

Ok so first things first...

Are You in Peri menopause?

The first question many people ask themselves is, "Am I in peri menopause?" Peri menopause typically starts in your late 30s to early 40s and can last for several years before menopause officially begins. Common signs that you might be in peri menopause include:

  1. Irregular Menstrual Cycles: You might notice changes in your periods, like increased or decreased frequency, heavier or lighter flow, or missed periods.

  2. Hot Flashes and Night Sweats: These sudden, intense heat sensations can be quite uncomfortable and are a hallmark symptom of peri menopause.

  3. Mood Swings: Fluctuating hormones can lead to mood swings, irritability, and even anxiety or depression in some women.

  4. Sleep Disturbances: Many people experience sleep problems during peri menopause, often due to night sweats and mood fluctuations.

  5. Changes in Libido: Your sex drive may decrease (some studies say it may increase too), but it's essential to understand that this is a natural part of the process.

  6. Vaginal Dryness: Hormonal changes can lead to vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex. Add our favorite lubes to your masturbation or sex care routine.

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Embracing Peri menopause

Obviously we are gluttons for making taboo topics approachable and we want to help folks take control of their health and well-being during this season of change.  Here are some tips to help you navigate this transition:

  1. Communicate: Break the silence and open up conversations with friends, family, or healthcare providers about peri menopause. You're not alone in this journey, and seeking support can be immensely helpful. Millenials, let's all get ready for this together. 

  2. Nutrition and Exercise: A balanced diet and regular exercise can help manage some perimenopausal symptoms. Incorporate foods rich in calcium, fiber, and healthy fats, and engage in activities that support bone health and reduce stress.

  3. Natural Remedies: Many people find relief from symptoms through natural remedies like herbal supplements. Black cohosh, red clover, and evening primrose oil have been known to alleviate hot flashes and mood swings. Add our organic salve to your daily regimen to take care of delicate vulva tissue

  4. Hormone Replacement Therapy: Consult your healthcare provider about the potential benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). It can be an effective option for managing more severe symptoms that come with a loss of estrogen. 

  5. Self-Care: Prioritize self-care practices, including meditation, yoga, and relaxation techniques. Reducing stress can have a positive impact on your symptoms.

Peri menopause, what we know.

Peri menopause is a significant life transition that doesn't need to feel scary, unfortunate or like it's the end of the world. And when it comes to symptoms there's no need to suffer in silence. Like any aspect of wellness, finding the right solutions for you may not come easy, but it is a worthwhile pursuit. Be patient and gentle with yourself along the way.  Remember, peri menopause is a unique journey for each, and it's an opportunity for growth and self-discovery. With the right knowledge and resources, you can find relief from common symptoms and embrace this stage with grace and confidence.


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