On my next birthday I’ll be 47. That puts me smack dab into the middle of what is commonly referred to as Peri-Menopause, a term used to describe the time leading up to menopause, during which a woman ceases to have a cycle and become permanently infertile. While perimenopause is the scientific term, I prefer to call this particular time in my life What-the-Heck? I am sure I feel like many other women my age, the standard poor-me feelings of “I have paid my dues, let the ending of my cycle go in peace” or “after all the cramps for years and the pain of childbirth I am rewarded with THIS?”
During perimenopause, our hormones tend to be all over the place as our bodies move toward the permanent change, or what we knew in our younger years as The Great Mystery, since our elder women treated menopause as though it must remain veiled in mystery and awe. With perimenopause, women might have menstrual irregularities and other signs of menopause such as weight gain, water retention, hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, sleep problems, breast tenderness, and unpredictable moods (I realize I noted mood twice. While I could edit it out, perhaps that is indication that mood really does feel the adverse affects of menopause and perimenopause). Every month is different during this time of transition. I’ve found that one month I feel “normal”, or as I did in say my thirties, whereas the following month I might experience something completely different. Or nothing at all. Or feel as though I am about to experience something….then wait three months.
It can be frustrating and daunting, and rather like the teen years when nothing was predictable. The symptoms can feel like nothing to write home about, or make me feel on the unwell side. Either way I don’t feel like myself. I retain water, break out, and experience the same tenderness I did as a kid. And it’s not a nice feeling. I haven’t had hormonal breakouts in two decades!
But I have found something that can help, and I hope it can help you as well. You don’t have to be in full-fledged menopause (twelve consecutive months without menstruation) to see the positive affects of taking Preferred Nutrition’s MenoSense® .
MenoSense contains natural ingredients to help relieve the symptoms associated with menopause and peri-menopause. Black cohosh, chasteberry, gamma orzanol, hesperidin and dong quai will help balance fluctuating hormone levels and ease the transition through menopause.
Dong Quai, Chasteberry extract, and black cohosh are all shown to help aid symptoms associated with menopause. Black cohosh has been used for years to lessen the pain of menstruation and hormonal acne. Now it can help lessen the other symptoms around menopause and peri-menopause, including breast tenderness and hot flashes. That’s good news for women like myself who are nudging ever closer to the menopausal phase of life (the average age for full menopause is 52, which means I have roughly five years left of this nonsense!). Chasteberry, also known as vitex, helps with water retention and pain and headaches associated with PMS. This is especially helpful as the phase of peri-menopause that I am currently experiencing feels like perpetual PMS. Dong quai is a great herb to pair with these two as it does much of the same thing but will also aid with fatigue and inflammation.
MenoSense helps. It just makes one’s cycles a little more predictable during a time when anything goes. It does help to soften the edges of perimenopause. My mood and my overall symptoms are a bit more even. I am glad I’m taking it and would highly recommend it.
- Karen Gasbarino-Knutt.