The Top Three Things You Need to Know About Perimenopause

Perimenopausal symptoms can make you feel like a different person. Someone you don’t even recognize. Women come into my office all the time wanting to fix their hormones and nine times out of ten, it’s not their hormones that are causing the problems. These top three things are what underlie the problem.

Perimenopause is a phase of life. Yes, things are starting to change. But treating the result rather than the problem is like trying to clean up a floor constantly rather than a leak in the roof. Most of the time I see perimenopausal symptoms as downstream issues. If you want to fix the source, you need to look upstream. Here is what I see are the top three contributors to perimenopausal symptoms.

  1. Blood sugar dysregulation
  2. Infections
  3. Nutrient deficiencies

Understanding Perimenopausal Symptoms

First of all, what does perimenopause look like? Perimenopause can manifest differently for everyone, with symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, fatigue, brain fog, severe PMS, irritability, headaches, weight gain, and difficulty losing weight. While hormone therapy is a very common request, it’s essential to address other underlying factors first.

1. Blood Sugar Dysregulation

One of the most significant factors to consider is blood sugar dysregulation. This can present as chronically low, high, or fluctuating blood sugar levels, leading to various symptoms such as weight gain and insulin resistance. Insulin surges can elevate estrogen and testosterone levels, contributing to conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of infertility. Managing blood sugar is crucial and can often be done through dietary changes and lifestyle adjustments.

2. Infections

Infections are another critical aspect to examine. Two common infections are H. pylori and candida. Candida especially, can cause every perimenopausal symptom listed above. These infections cause cellular inflammation, hindering the body’s ability to respond to hormones. It’s important to identify and treat these infections to alleviate symptoms effectively.

3. Nutrient Deficiencies

Lastly, nutrient deficiencies are prevalent during perimenopause. Many women become hypothyroid according to labs or subclinically as they age, leading to symptoms that mimic perimenopause. Proper thyroid function is essential for the efficacy of sex hormones, and deficiencies in vital nutrients can impair thyroid health. Ensuring adequate intake of essential nutrients can often reverse perimenopausal symptoms.

Addressing blood sugar dysregulation, infections, and nutrient deficiencies can significantly improve perimenopausal symptoms, often without the need for hormone therapy. If you’re experiencing perimenopausal symptoms, consult with a healthcare professional who can help you identify and manage these underlying factors. Remember, with the right approach, these issues can be resolved, and you can regain control over your health and feel like yourself again!

Watch this video where I talk about perimenopause.

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