A Natural Approach To The Symptoms Of Perimenopause & Menopause
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Perimenopause SpottingPerimenopause spotting is a sign that the corpus luteum is breaking down earlier than normal and that hormonal levels of progesterone are too low to support the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium. The corpus luteum develops after the release of the egg at ovulation from the follicular cells where the egg was contained and secretes high amounts of progesterone and low estrogen during the second phase of the menstrual cycle. Estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate during perimenopause causing bleeding and spotting during the menstrual cycle. Even if perimenopause spotting is considered a normal event, it is important to understand that it indicated a deeper hormonal imbalance that can be treated naturally.
Perimenopause spotting can be experienced in many different ways:
1. Before your periods, most likely due to low progesterone.
2. After your periods at mid cycle is possibly due to low estrogen.
3. Thought the menstrual cycle due to hormonal imbalance, IUDs, and low thyroid hormones.
4. After intercourse is due to cervical dysplasia, polyps, yeast infection, fibroids, endometriosis or STDs.
If you are still ovulating and using unprotected sex, you can still get pregnant, sometimes perimenopause spotting is due to implantation bleeding that occurs seven to ten days after conception or it can be due to a miscarriage. If you have any kind of spotting that lasts more than 2 days, talk to your doctor.
Irregular Periods And Menopause SymptomsPerimenopause is defined as the transitional period from normal menstrual periods to no periods at all. This transition can take up to ten years. During the perimenopausal transition you may experience a combination of PMS and menopausal symptoms or no symptoms at all. All women are different and all need specific and special care.
Perimenopause spotting is usually associated with having irregular periods, night sweats, sleep disruption, missed menstrual cycles, hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, low sex drive, inability to focus, fatigue, etc. The normal length of the menstrual cycle is from 28 to 32 days long. During perimenopause the menstrual cycles may shorten from 22 to 28 days. These shorter cycles often result because less estrogen is released due to diminished follicular development in perimenopause.
Hormonal ImbalancePerimenopause is the time just prior to menopause beginning, which can be anywhere from five to ten years. During this time a hormone called Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) decreases and ovulation is not achieved as a result.
While perimenopause spotting is quite common, it is always a good idea to talk to your doctor and have your hormones checked for imbalances. Most doctors will recommend hormone replacement therapy, but there are natural ways to achieve hormonal balance without putting yourself a risk of serious side effects of synthetic hormones.
It is also important to consult with a medical physician if any of the following occurs:
1. Heavy bleeding where excessive pads are required within a 24-hour period.
2. Spotting or bleeding after menses have stopped for six months.
3. Bleeding that lasts longer than two weeks.
Perimenopause Spotting ComplicationsAny kind of perimenopause spotting or bleeding is considered abnormal if the woman experiences symptoms such as bleeding just after intercourse, perimenopause spotting between periods, bleeding lasting even more than fourteen days and the length of the cycle less than 14 days. These symptoms could signal underlying diseases and health conditions, such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, hypothyroidism, STDs, hormonal imbalances or more serious conditions like uterine or cervical cancer.
Detecting Hormonal Imbalance Causing Perimenopause SpottingFSH testing is done as an attempt to diagnose perimenopause because it measures of ovarian aging. In fact FSH levels increase with age indicating that the ovaries need more stimulation than normal in order to ovulate. This is also referred to as poor ovarian response.
High levels if FSH on day 3 of the menstrual cycles also indicates poor ovarian reserves, which correlates with decreased fertility and increased number of non-ovulatory cycles. The problem with this type of diagnosis is that FSH can actually fluctuate from one month to the next and a perimenopause woman can ovulate this month and not the next. She may have severe symptoms today but not tomorrow.
Saliva Testing Of Female HormonesThe other type of hormonal testing that would be more useful to women in perimenopause is saliva testing of progesterone. Not many doctors prescribe this type of testing and if you want to do it, you should go to see and holistic doctor. There are companies that provide this type of testing as a mail service. I would recommend using TestCountry, which is very reliable and professional. You can get your saliva hormonal testing here.
This test is in my opinion more useful because its purpose is not to give a simple diagnosis but to obtain an effective and natural treatment through the application of natural progesterone cream. Most all women who are experiencing perimenopause spotting have low progesterone especially if spotting occurs before the menses and if the menses come earlier than expected.
If you have shorter cycles preceded by spotting, the corpus luteum is breaking down sooner than normal due to low progesterone. By using the correct dosage of natural progesterone cream, you can correct this situation within a few cycles. Each woman who is still ovulating needs about 20 mg of progesterone a day to support healthy endometrial lining and prevent perimenopause spotting.
Perimenopause Spotting And The Endometrial LiningIn the first part of the cycle, estrogen levels increase stopping the menstrual flow. Estrogen promotes thickening of the lining of the uterus. After ovulation, progesterone levels increase stopping the thickening of the lining of the uterus. If pregnancy does not occur, the corpus luteum regresses, progesterone levels drop and the endometrium sheds its lining and the menstrual period occur.
The causes of perimenopause spotting or bleeding are related to the following hormonal imbalances:
Low EstrogenA sudden decrease in estrogen levels cause frequent, irregular bleeding.
Low ProgesteroneWhen excess estrogen stimulates the endometrium to proliferate with insufficient progesterone to provide support, portions of the endometrial lining sheds off at irregular intervals causing perimenopause spooting.
Treating Perimenopause Spotting Due To Low ProgesteroneTreating perimenopause spotting that is caused by hormonal imbalance can be accomplished with herbal remedies and natural progesterone cream.
Progesterone CreamThe protocol used for the application of progesterone cream varies depending on your age. The following information is based on Dr. Lee's research on natural progesterone. He was the pioneer on this subject and with his books and research he has made this natural treatment available to women all around the world with incredible results. If you are in your thirties and forties, you would be recommended to apply 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of natural progesterone cream, after ovulation from day 14 until day 28 of your menstrual cycle. If you are suffering from infertility, natural progesterone cream not only can stop the spotting, but can also increase your fertility, and help you to get pregnant.
If you are close to fifty and had missed periods, you are very close to menopause. In this case you can apply 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of progesterone cream from day 7 until day 28 of your menstrual cycle. This last type of protocol for those who are no longer ovulating and are moving from menopause to post menopause.
Many women use progesterone cream to treat many perimenopause symptoms without side effects. Talk to your doctor or consult with an alternative practitioner to obtain guidance in adjusting the dosage for your age and situation.
When you purchase a progesterone cream, make sure that is approved by Dr. Lee's research. I recommend Emerita Pro-Gest, which is the most popular natural progesterone cream on the marked and recommended by many physicians.
Natural progesterone cream can be massaged into your inner arms, inner wrists, palm of hand, inner thighs, abdomen, or chest. Make sure to rotate location at each application. Not every natural progesterone cream has the same potency and purity. Avoid wasting your money by buying a cheaper quality cream that is not standardized according to the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP). Pro-Gest cream contains 450 milligrams (mg) of USP Progesterone per ounce. Each 1/4 tsp contains approximately 20 mg of USP Progesterone.
USP Progesterone guarantees that the progesterone exactly duplicates the progesterone naturally produced in your body. This is often referred to as "bio-identical" progesterone. The title "USP Progesterone" distinguishes natural progesterone from synthetic progestins, which can cause side effects and should be avoided.
Watch this video about the importance of progesterone cream as a natural treatment for menopause symptoms:
Herbal RemediesWhen perimenopause spotting is due to hormonal imbalance and when the bleeding episodes between periods increase, herbal medicine can help. A combination of homeopathic remedies and herbal extract can help the body regain hormonal balance during perimenopause without the need to hormone replacement therapy, which poses too many risks and side effects. I recommend learning more about Endo-EX, which is designed for healthy endometrial lining. Spotting during perimenopause also indicate that the endometrial lining is shedding before time. This remedy is also indicated for those women who experience perimenopause spotting as a result of endometriosis and fibroids.
Estrogen Hormonal Fluctuations During PerimenopauseOne of the hormones that causes more trouble to women who are going through menopause is estrogen because it fluctuates going from high to low levels without warning causing the typical and uncomfortable symptoms of perimenopause like hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain, etc... While progesterone levels are most likely low and stay low, estrogen can vary sharply during perimenopause. Women may have symptoms similar to PMS that they never had before, or never had to the same degree.
They can have both high estrogen (PMS) and low estrogen (hot flash) symptoms in rapid succession. In fact, hot flashes are not directly related to estrogen levels but may be related to rapidly falling estrogen levels. If you experience hot flashes, progesterone supplementation will help balance estrogen levels so that they do not fall so rapidly.
An herbal remedy that decreases the menopause and perimenopause symptoms due to low estrogen because it supports steady production of estrogen is DonQuai. This herb has phytoestrogen (plant estrogens) that have a mild and gently effect on the body maintaining estrogen levels steady preventing hot flashes and other perimenopause symptoms related to the sudden drop in estrogen.
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