Are you gaining weight despite eating and exercising as you always did? Have you noticed that your energy levels or sex drive have declined? Hot flashes or night sweats at 30 years of age…that can’t be right, can it?
It can. Hormone imbalance in women with subsequent menopause-like symptoms can occur as young as 30-35 years of age. This is known as perimenopause and marks the initial transition towards menopause.
Perimenopause, also known as premenopause or early menopause, occurs when hormone levels (especially estrogen and progesterone) begin a gradual, uneven decline.
A woman is officially considered perimenopausal when her menstrual cycles start to become irregular and a pituitary hormone called FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) increases.
Although the average age of perimenopause is the early 40s, many women begin to notice perimenopausal symptoms in their early to mid-30s. This is often due to the rapid decline in progesterone (75% decline by 35 years of age) compared to estrogen (35% decline by 35 years of age). This results in a hormonal imbalance between estrogen and progesterone. This is called estrogen dominance because there is not enough progesterone to balance the estrogen.
A woman who has gone through 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period has officially reached menopause and the perimenopause period is over.
The fluctuation or decline in female hormones may cause many symptoms of perimenopause, which are the same as the symptoms of menopause.
Symptoms of perimenopause can be worsened by poor nutrition, lack of exercise, stress, or exposure to environmental toxins.Symptoms of perimenopause may include:
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