What Is Menopause?
Menopause is the process women go through as they age wherein their ovaries stop producing estrogen. Estrogen regulates the menstrual cycle and affects the urinary tract, heart, blood vessels, bones, breasts, skin, hair, mucous membranes, pelvic muscles, and emotional state of women. Some women experience minimal symptoms and discomfort when the production of their estrogen slows, while others may experience many unpleasant symptoms.
What Are the Earliest Symptoms of Menopause?
There are many symptoms associated with the beginning of menopause. Some of the most common early symptoms include reduction of the menstrual cycle, hot flashes, insomnia, discomfort with intercourse, and incontinence.
What Are the Stages of Menopause?
There are three stages of menopause. These include perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. Perimenopause is the earliest stage of menopause, while postmenopause refers to the time after menstruation ceases for a full year.
What Is Perimenopause?
Perimenopause is a name given to the beginning stages of menopause. Perimenopause include changes in the menstrual cycle, trouble with incontinence, an increase in urinary tract infections (UTIs), decreased libido, low mood, and mood swings. Perimenopause symptoms may also include skin thinning, hair becoming brittle, and a weakening of bone density.
What Are Alternative Ways to Address the Symptoms of Perimenopause?
Exercise during the day, proper nutrition, getting as much rest as possible, and improving our bedtime routine may help reduce the severity of perimenopause symptoms. Some simple suggestions for improving our bedtime routine include not leaving mobile devices near the bed, avoiding foods that can reduce the quality of sleep such as chocolate, caffeine or alcohol, and going to bed at the same time every night. Problems controlling urination may also be lessened by exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor such as Kegel exercises. Other self-directed treatments for incontinence can include abstaining from alcohol and drinking enough water. If these treatments aren’t enough, the team of certified BioTE providers through hormone optimization may help provide relief from perimenopause symptoms.
What Is BioTE?
BioTE® Medical provides training on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for medical providers across the United States, and internationally, so they can help their patients feel their best at any age. Our thousands of certified BioTE providers nationwide are available to help us age healthier, live happier, and feel our best using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.