When perimenopause strikes, not all doctors know how to listen or even the experience of prescribing bioidentical hormone therapy. Many 40-something women are never diagnosed properly and can relate to or imagine Magnolia’s perimenopause story.
It goes like this:
When Magnolia turned 42-years-old she gave birth to her third child. Shortly after she began to enter perimenopause with a full force, and it all began with one whopping case of postpartum depression.
I have a one week old baby at home. My two older children were only eight and six-years-old at the time. For reasons that I cannot recall, I became upset with my oldest child and climbed into my van (in my nightgown and barefooted) to take a drive and collect myself.
Somewhere between the driveway and the rural country road I turned down, I began to sob uncontrollably. I pulled over to the side of the road to cry. When I was ready to leave, the car wouldn’t start.
Rather than calling my husband, I hopped out of the car and begin walking down the road barefooted, in my nightgown, sobbing uncontrollably. A concerned woman who lived on the street saw me and asked me if she could help me. We called my husband who came to my rescue. The rest of that day (thank God) remains a blur.
Having never experienced serious PMS or difficulties with her menstrual cycles, Magnolia was completely unprepared for what followed the next 10 years.
Crazy, unpredictable flooding periods, the raging mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, vertigo, heart palpitations and debilitating depression – just to name a few – sent her running from physician to physician, convinced she was going insane.
Unfortunately, none of the physicians were able to give her the kind of help she really needed. Yes, they were able to treat her physical symptoms, some better than others. But, what Magnolia really wanted was for someone to listen and help her understand what was happening to her body.
Magnolia’s mother was fully menopausal in her early 40′s and she expected to turn 40-something and everything related to her menstrual cycles would just grind to a nice, clean halt.
Suffice it to say, it didn’t happen that way.
What is Perimenopause?
The word “peri” simply means “around or about”. So, technically, perimenopause is the time “around or about menopause” You are approaching it, but you’re not quite there yet.
Perimenopause usually begins in a woman’s mid to late forties, though it is not unheard of for it to begin as early as your late thirties and as late as your early fifties. In the old school days it was often referred to as “going through the change.”
For many women, perimenopause is brutal. Magnolia’s brutally honest story helps women to know that they are not alone.
What are the Symptoms of Perimenopause?
Some women suffer with a wide range of symptoms. Others not so much.
If you’ve heard of perimenopause or even if you’ve always lumped it all under the inclusive heading of menopause, you have probably heard of the night sweats, the hot flashes, the mood swings and maybe even the phantom periods.
But, did you know that perimenopause can also cause heart palpitations? Vertigo? Short-term memory loss? Blood sugar problems? Crashing fatigue? Decreased libido? Weight gain? Hair loss and even tinnitus?
What Can You Do?
Though women may not all share the same symptoms or even the severity of them, women all share the desire to get help and get it fast. A sympathetic and accredited bioidentical hormone therapy physician is a great place to start.
The medical community is making strides to rise to the clarion call of women who want help with perimenopause. If you would like to find a physician in the Chicago area who prescribes bioidentical hormones, please check here.
Today Magnolia is the voice behind the Perimenopause Blog where you will find plenty of up-to-date articles, books, products, and a community of other women sharing their stories.
Ageology applauds Magnolia for breaking the glass ceiling of perimenopause advocacy and we invite you to join the conversation. Do you have a perimenopause story to tell or question to ask? Schedule an appointment with an Ageology bioidentical hormone therapy physician if you are suffering from hormone imbalances and want to get your life back.
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