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Perimenopause and Menopause
Perimenopause marks the interval in which your body begins its transition into menopause. Perimenopause encompasses the years leading up to menopause — anywhere from two to eight years — plus the first year after your final period. During this period, female hormones fluctuate more widely than normal from month to month as hormone production gradually decreases. It's a natural part of aging that signals the ending of your reproductive years.
Menopause is the period of a woman's life that begins when she has not had a menstrual period for at least 12 months in a row because her ovaries have stopped functioning (or have been removed or damaged).
Information concerning perimenopause and menopause can be found in the following articles:
What is perimenopause? Here is a great definition from the Mayo Clinic.
FAQs about perimenopause – A good resource from the US Dept of Health and Human Services.
How is the body changing during perimenopause? This article talks about some things you might experience during the time.
Solutions for Seven Symptoms of Perimenopause – Three experts present alternative therapy solutions to common perimenopause complaints.
Reduce or Prevent the Symptoms of Perimenopause – More on natural approaches to perimenopausal symptoms.
The Benefits and Risks of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) – This is a very good article from the National Institute on Aging about synthetic hormones and the pros and cons associated with them.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a controversial topic right now. Read what some doctors have to say about it.
Hormone use and breast cancer – This article shows that the use of synthetic hormones can increase your risk for breast cancer. However, BHRT may not pose the same risk.
FAQs about Bioidentical Hormones – This article from WebMD addresses Oprah’s success with bioidenticals and the question of their overall safety.
Soy and Menopause – Does soy really help with menopausal symptoms? This article from the Center for Science in the Public Interest sheds some light.
The supplement Promensil does not relieve menopausal symptoms – Click here to find out why.
Exercise Your Way Through Perimenopause – How exercise can help ease the transition.
Weight Gain after Menopause – How you can minimize or reverse this trend.
Belly Fat in Women – How to keep it off
Belly Fat Exercises – Exercises to help you tone your lower abdominal muscles
Fitness Tips for Menopause – Why physical activity matters
Diabetes and Menopause – Having diabetes can make menopause even more of a struggle. Learn what you can do to manage diabetes more successfully after menopause.
Postmenopausal Health Concerns – Certain health risks can increase after menopause. Learn how to decrease or prevent those risks.
Staying Healthy – How to stay health after menopause. This article includes nutrition information and how to talk to your doctor.
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