The transitional years between having a regular menstrual cycle and menopause is called perimenopause. Each woman experiences perimenopause differently. Generally, it starts in a woman’s mid-40’s, but could come earlier (early 30’s - early or premature menopause) or later and could last anywhere from 4 to 8 years. In perimenopause, estrogen and progesterone productions gradually decline, and in the last 1 to 2 years this drop drastically speeds up. Perimenopause takes place a few years in advance of actual menopause, which is when a woman’s ovarian functions gradually cease and there is an absence of menstrual periods for 12 - months.
What you may experience
During perimenopause, a woman may experience the following  :
- Hot flashes - is feeling flushed, feeling hot, sweating, and having red blotches on your skin, usually the face and neck.
- Breast tenderness - due to the fluctuation in estrogen and progesterone production during perimenopause, breast tenderness may arise.
- Worse premenstrual syndrome - during PMS, a woman experiences a combination of bloating, cramps, body aches, and headaches. These symptoms may get worse during perimenopause due to hormonal fluctuations.
- Lower sex drive - a woman’s sex drive declines as estrogen production declines.
- Fatigue - fatigue can be caused by many things like changes in diet, sleep, and lifestyle. Sometimes fatigue can be brought about by medical causes - one of which is anemia, which is iron deficiency, and is common during perimenopause due to irregular periods (too heavy periods)
- Irregular periods - the average blood flow in a menstrual period is about two tablespoons. However, women who are in perimenopause may experience lighter (just a spot) or heavier (sometimes up to 2 cups) periods. Very heavy menstrual flow can put women at risk of iron deficiency.
- Vaginal dryness; discomfort during sex - Estrogen helps maintain vaginal lubrication, keeping the lining of the vagina healthy, thick, and elastic. A drop in estrogen levels would affect the vagina’s natural lubrication.
- Urine leakage (when coughing or sneezing) and urinary urgency (an urgent need to urinate more frequently) - again, hormonal changes can affect you vaginal tissues, vaginal lining, and the strength of your pelvic floor.
- Mood swings - caused by hormonal fluctuations.
- Trouble sleeping - can be caused by hot flashes, night sweats, or an irritable/overactive bladder.
How to provide some relief
To ease these symptoms, you have to watch three things: your diet, your activity level, and your sleeping patterns. Make sure you eat a healthy diet and stay at a healthy weight. Incorporate light exercise into your daily activities and try to get at least 8 hours of sleep daily.
How Vanilla Happy can Help
Vanilla Happy is blended with adaptogens, herbs and superfoods to help regulate estrogen levels, assist in reducing stress that cause hot flushes and sleeplessness.