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peri-menopause hormonal upheaval

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 05, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Does anyone have info RE: symptoms of peri menopause? For example, irritability, mood swings, dry skin, heavy bleeding, fatigue, memory problems, trouble concentrating, hot flashes, etc.,.

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on March 06, 2012
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Thanks, PaleoGran! I truly enjoy your posts, too! We have early spring here in Santa Fe & I just did a whirlwind clean and garden tidy out in our lovely sun. So great to have good energy & to be sleeping well (a solid 8 last night.) :D

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Dragonfly, what great results. Congratulations! :) I take the same supplements, plus a few others: EPO, E, nutritional and brewer's yeast, PicMins minerals, Biotin, CLO. Callanetics and yoga, more sunshine and being very attentive to balance exertion and rest, stress and recovery, etc. I really enjoy your posts here at PH. Hope you are doing really well. :)

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on March 05, 2012
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I cleared all my peri-menopausal symptoms by dialing in my nutrition.

I'm 49 and have never felt better.

I've been lacto-Paleo for 15 months, eat organ meats & gelatin.

I had a zinc deficiency, which I've corrected and am still experiencing regular menstrual cycles.

It's important to get sufficient in Vitamin D, Magnesium, Zinc and B vitamins.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on March 06, 2012
at 07:12 PM

Thanks, PaleoGran! I truly enjoy your posts, too! We have early spring here in Santa Fe & I just did a whirlwind clean and garden tidy out in our lovely sun. So great to have good energy & to be sleeping well (a solid 8 last night.) :D

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

(4134)

on March 06, 2012
at 04:54 PM

Dragonfly, what great results. Congratulations! :) I take the same supplements, plus a few others: EPO, E, nutritional and brewer's yeast, PicMins minerals, Biotin, CLO. Callanetics and yoga, more sunshine and being very attentive to balance exertion and rest, stress and recovery, etc. I really enjoy your posts here at PH. Hope you are doing really well. :)

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on March 05, 2012
at 07:33 AM

What do you want to know? Perimenopause is a transitional time that has variable symptoms. Some women have barely any, others may have severe symptoms. It is often characterized by changes to the menstrual cycle, and may include heavier, more frequent menses, cycle irregularity, or skipped cycles. It also is notable for hormonal fluctuations above and below previous 'normal' premenopausal ranges. This accounts for hot flushes, mood changes, and sometimes sleep disturbance and cognitive changes (i.e. sometimes less reliable short-term memory, forgetfulness). The hormonal changes are due to gradually increasing insensitivity of the ovaries to FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), as they advance toward complete insensitivity. This is the onset of menopause (cessation of menses). The menopause is diagnosed retrospectively as having taken place when menses have ceased for a full 12 months. After menopause, women normally have very low estrogen and progesterone levels, although they still produce some testosterone from the otherwise dormant ovaries. Symptoms, if severe, can be managed by lifestyle changes, diet, exercise, and sometimes with hormone therapy or medications. A discussion with your doctor if you are experiencing significant symptoms is valuable. A good website: www.menopauseandu.ca (a site developed by the Society of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of Canada).

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on July 07, 2013
at 05:37 AM

Apple cider vinegar works for me to get rid of hot flashes, and I love it because it's food. I often just make sure to use a nice amount in a vinaigrette.

My acupuncturist claims that I only helps certain women. Couldn't hurt to try.

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on March 19, 2013
at 04:13 PM

I am 51 and have not had a single symptom except one late period and I wonder if that is down to how I eat (which is very good, no processed foods etc etc).

However it all may be yet to come of course. I spent my 40s waiting for all these peri menopausal things. I wish someone had said at 40 there will not be a single change even at 50 so I could have just not worried about it.

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on March 05, 2012
at 03:24 PM

I suffer from all the symptoms of perimenopause (not surprising, since I'm 49). But changing to a more-or-less paleo diet (we still eat the occasional non-gluten-bearing grain and traditionally prepared legumes) has done wonders for the severity of those symptoms, especially since I am hesitant to try any sort of HRT.

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on March 05, 2012
at 06:11 PM

I went through menopause during my last stint on low carb 2007-2009. With the exception of the occasional cheat, my version of LC was very lacto paleo friendly, with the very occasional low carb wrap. The diet did not help with the night sweats and hot flashes. If anything it made them worse as I don't recall experiencing those on the cheats unless I overdid alcohol.

What did help was Estroven. I know, I know, soy isoflavanoids. But it made a noticeable difference. The only other supps I take/took are Mg, potassium, krill oil and a bit more D. Dialed back extra D to only every so often. I'm one who is apparently not D-deficient and it's in the Estroven.

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on March 05, 2012
at 09:59 AM

Oh my that's what got me going Paleo last July! Well that and chronic sciatic nerve pain. I ended up having an hysterectomy. When my OBGYN got in there she removed everything but my leftover left ovarie, from a cyst that took half of that one in 1997, and the Fallopian tube. I started having really heavy, clotted menstrual cycles and horrible cramps so my OBGYN did an Ablation abd DNC because we did an ultrasound and discovered pollups (sp?) That virtually stopped my cycle for about 9 months then I started having periods 3-4 times a month so the hysterectomy. I went Paleo the day before surgery. It turns out I had a ruptured cyst on my right ovary and Fallopian tube and my uterus and cervix were really inflamed. So I'm glad we did it because they were bleeding internally! Now I'm still dealing with, what I believe, hormonal issues. My weightloss has slowed but I've gone down 4 clothing sizes and my psoriasis has totally cleared up.

I guess long story short is find a GOOD OBGYN and let them run tests... for me it was too late to keep from having surgery...( I know we're supposed to be anti-surgery but yanking that thing out was the best thing that ever happened to me other than Paleo) I have had horrible menstrual cycles my whole life... then with Peri-menopause they just got worse! I also had the mood swings and family herstory of early menopause and endometriosis so pretty bad stuff. Before I made the decision tto do it I talked to alot of women that did it and also women who didn't opt for surgery and meds... I'm only taking DHEA for hormones and, other than the nerve pain, feel great!

Good luck and Google everything!

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