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Perimenopause Myths: Busted

Perimenopause, often referred to as the transitional phase before menopause, is a natural process that every woman experiences as she ages. However, this stage of life is wrought with misconceptions, leading to confusion and uncertainty for many women. In this article, we'll debunk common myths surrounding perimenopause and explore real life solutions to help manage symptoms effectively.



Myth #1: Perimenopause Only Happens in Your 40s

One of the most pervasive misconceptions about perimenopause is that it only occurs in your 40s. In reality, perimenopause can start as early as your 30s or as late as your 50s. It's a gradual process that typically lasts for several years before menopause, which marks the end of menstruation.


At Vitality, we take a holistic approach to healthcare, focusing on identifying and addressing the root causes of health issues. When it comes to perimenopause, our practitioners recommend personalized interventions such as hormone testing, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle modifications to support hormonal balance and overall well-being. Our expert providers can help you determine whether you are indeed in perimenopause, and help you find effective ways to treat your symptoms and support optimal health throughout this phase of life and the next.


Myth #2: Perimenopause Symptoms Are Just a Normal Part of Aging

While it's true that perimenopause is a natural part of the aging process, the symptoms associated with it are not something women should simply accept as unavoidable. Common symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and sleep disturbances can significantly impact quality of life if left untreated. We like to remind patients that common ≠ normal, and just because your symptoms are common does not mean you have to live with them.


Individualized treatment plans are key for managing hormonal changes. For women experiencing perimenopausal symptoms, this may involve addressing underlying imbalances such as adrenal dysfunction, thyroid issues, or nutritional deficiencies through targeted interventions like hormone replacement therapy, stress management techniques, and dietary modifications.


Myth #3: Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Is the Only Treatment Option

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a popular and effective treatment often prescribed to alleviate perimenopausal symptoms by replenishing declining estrogen and testosterone levels. While HRT can be effective for many women, it's not the only option available, so if you're looking for hormone solutions but you're nervous about HRT, know that there are other options!


Vitality offers a range of therapies and interventions that can complement or even replace traditional HRT. These may include gut health analysis, bio-identical hormone therapy, and mind-body practices like Core Belief Alignment, yoga and meditation, and many other treatments. By addressing the underlying causes of hormonal imbalances, we aim to restore equilibrium and alleviate symptoms naturally.


Myth #4: Weight Gain During Perimenopause Is Inevitable

Many women notice changes in their body composition during perimenopause, including increased abdominal fat and changes in metabolism. While hormonal fluctuations can play a role in weight gain during this time, it's not an inevitable consequence of aging.


We believe the most effective approach to managing weight during perimenopause focuses on optimizing metabolic function through personalized nutrition plans, regular physical activity, and stress reduction techniques. By addressing factors such as insulin resistance, inflammation, and cortisol dysregulation, women can achieve and maintain a healthy weight during this transitional phase.


Myth #5: Sex Life Suffers When Perimenopause Begins


While it's true that hormonal changes associated with perimenopause can affect libido, vaginal lubrication, and sexual function for some women, it's far from a universal experience. While declining estrogen levels can contribute to changes in sexual function, they are not the sole determinant. Other factors such as stress, relationship dynamics, physical health, and psychological well-being can all play a role in sexual satisfaction during perimenopause and beyond. Additionally, there are numerous strategies and interventions available to help women maintain or even enhance their sexual pleasure during this phase of life.


Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can address and treat symptoms such as vaginal dryness and low libido that contribute to pain during intercourse. Sexual wellness treatments such as the O-Shot and Femiwave can further improve sensation and pleasure, as well as confidence in and out of the bedroom. Know that if your struggling with intimacy in this season of life, there are so many ways we can help get you back on track!




Perimenopause is a natural and inevitable stage of a woman's life, but it doesn't have to be a time of suffering in silence. By dispelling common myths and embracing a compassionate functional medicine approach, women can navigate this transition with greater ease and empowerment. By addressing the underlying imbalances contributing to perimenopausal symptoms, women can reclaim control of their health and well-being, allowing them to thrive during this transformative phase of life. If you're struggling in this season of life, we are here to help.


 

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