One of my favorite pastimes is to do speaking engagements with women about health issues. Walking into a speaking engagement filled with women only gives me the opportunity to create an environment where we can talk to one another in an open and honest way about our health challenges in a supportive environment.
I think when women feel open to ask questions without feeling judged, then the quality of their health and their lives will be improved. I generally get questions about heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Now that I am in my forties I find that women are starting to turn the conversations to questions about menopause, more specifically the time before menopause known as perimenopause.
According to the Mayo Clinic perimenopause, also called the menopausal transition, is the interval in which a woman's body makes a natural shift from more or less regular cycles of ovulation and menstruation toward permanent infertility, or menopause.
Perimenopause is such a hot topic because I have heard this time referred to as the time when our bodies betray us. This is a very intense statement and I think that women feel this way because our bodies are going through a significant transition from being able to carry children to no longer being able to do so.
I also think women have such intense feeling about perimenopause because the symptoms associated with this change can be very intense and cause uncomfortable lifestyle changes as well.
In the United States women report very intense symptoms including hot flashes, menstrual irregularity, sleep problems, bone density loss, changing cholesterol levels, mood changes, decreasing fertility, vaginal dryness, pain during intercourse, decreased libido and increases urinary tract infections.
Once the group starts talking about perimenopausal symptoms the discussion logically turns to, how do we solve these problems? While each person’s experience is a little different there is one foundational suggestion that always improves some, if not all, of the symptoms.
What we put in our mouth can have a strong impact on perimenopausal symptoms.