Perimenopause is the gradual approach towards the menopause, where a woman’s estrogen levels fluctuate and decrease over time, but what is the best treatment for the perimenopause?
Thirteen million women across the U.K. are perimenopausal or menopausal. That makes up a huge demographic of people in the country, and totals to a third of the entire UK female population that are living with symptoms of the menopause.
Perimenopause and its symptoms differs wildly between women, but due to the sharp rises and falls in estrogen over time, a woman’s body will be constantly reacting and changing in response to fluctuating hormones, causing problems with sleep, low moods, irritability, and more. Symptoms like those can last throughout perimenopause, which itself can stretch across anywhere between 3 months to 5 years.
Why do we Need Treatment for Perimenopause?
Perimenopause sees very sharp fluctuations and an overall decrease in major hormones responsible for the female reproductive system. In particular, estrogen and progesterone, which are the hormones created in the ovaries and allow for the release of eggs and the menstrual cycle.
As seen in the graph above, when a woman grows nearer to the menopause (where her periods have ceased for 12 months), her hormones drop producing moderate to severe symptoms that can really impact her quality of life. This is the stage at which treatment is beneficial for perimenopausal women, so that their hormones can be balanced, and their lives can return to normality at their optimum health.
The Different Treatments for Perimenopause
Whether you’d prefer a more natural treatment for perimenopause, or to target the cause directly, we will explore the various choices you can make to choose the best treatment for your perimenopausal symptoms.
A Perimenopause Diet
You can try to target and pre-empt individual symptoms through diet, and you can also look to rebalance your hormones by eating foods rich in estrogen such as soy or chickpeas. Diet is a great way to begin your journey towards optimum health.
Perimenopause is also a great reason to begin looking at your diet and lifestyle in a more holistic and healthy way, particularly as it can get harder to lose weight during the menopause. Taking a more preventative approach is more beneficial. Adding more protein and healthy fats into your diet while limiting the refined sugars and carbohydrate rich foods is not only beneficial for perimenopause but also for your overall health.
This treatment may not be totally effective in reducing the intensity of symptoms, as it does not have the ability to target the root cause totally effectively. However, this is still a good route to go down alongside other treatments.
Many women opt for standardised Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) through their healthcare provider or private clinics. This is a standard approach to menopause where a woman receives gels, creams, or capsules with an average amount of estrogen and progesterone to bring their hormone levels to a balance.
While this treatment can be effective for some, it is a catch-all approach that does not take into account the individual needs and symptoms of the patient. One woman’s hormone levels can differ wildly from the next so standardised prescriptions, while somewhat effective, may not target the individual’s hormone deficiencies.
During perimenopause and the menopause, a woman can also be deficient in the hormones DHEA and testosterone. These deficiencies cause symptoms such as decreased sense of well-being, a loss of vital energy and reduced sexual libido. Here at Bodyline Clinic, we offer all four hormones in our bespoke HRT treatment plans and can titrate a prescription bespoke to the user based on blood analysis to identify the exact hormone deficiencies that need to be rebalanced.
Bodyline Clinic’s M Plan
The most effective and arguably best treatment for perimenopause is the bespoke and titrated M Plan at Bodyline Clinic. Not only do you receive hormones personalised to your experience, blood analysis, medical history, and symptoms, but you also get support and guidance from our Menopause Specialists. Not only is there no waiting list, but you could get help and advice as soon as today by calling 0800 995 6036, or you can fill in our online contact form for a call back.