Perimenopause means "around menopause" and refers to the time during which your body makes the natural transition to menopause, marking the end of the reproductive years.
Women start perimenopause at different ages. You may notice signs of progression toward menopause, such as menstrual irregularity, sometime in your 40s. But some women notice changes as early as their mid-30s.
The level of estrogen — the main female hormone — in your body rises and falls unevenly during perimenopause. Your menstrual cycles may lengthen or shorten, and you may begin having menstrual cycles in which your ovaries don't release an egg (ovulate). You may also experience menopause-like symptoms, such as hot flashes, sleep problems and vaginal dryness. Treatments are available to help ease these symptoms.
Once you've gone through 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period, you've officially reached menopause, and the perimenopause period is over.
Dealing with the changes to your body during the perimenopause stage can be difficult, the main key symptoms are listed as:-
- Irregular periods. As ovulation becomes more unpredictable, the length of time between periods may be longer or shorter, your flow may be light to heavy, and you may skip some periods. If you have a persistent change of seven days or more in the length of your menstrual cycle, you may be in early perimenopause. If you have a space of 60 days or more between periods, you're likely in late perimenopause.
- Hot flashes and sleep problems. Hot flashes are common during perimenopause. The intensity, length and frequency vary. Sleep problems are often due to hot flashes or night sweats, but sometimes sleep becomes unpredictable even without them.
- Mood changes. Mood swings, irritability or increased risk of depression may happen during perimenopause. The cause of these symptoms may be sleep disruption associated with hot flashes. Mood changes may also be caused by factors not related to the hormonal changes of perimenopause.
- Vaginal dryness and sexual activity. When estrogen levels diminish, your vaginal tissues may lose lubrication and elasticity, making intercourse painful. Low estrogen may also leave you more vulnerable to urinary or vaginal infections. Loss of tissue tone may contribute to urinary incontinence.
Finding natural ways to help support you can be really help and CBD is now shown growing evidence that it can support some of the symptoms that occur, here we lists areas it may help:-
1. May improve mood swings
A majority of women feel frequent mood changes during menopause. The hormonal changes in the body can be the culprit behind the mood swings. CBD can communicate with the endocannabinoid system in your body to help you deal with mood swings. The endocannabinoid system is a highly complex structure of cells that can regulate the bodily processes. It produces cannabinoids, which bind with receptors present in the body to change the process. Similarly, CBD can also communicate with the endocannabinoid system to improve your mood and help you feel calm and relaxed.
2. Aid digestion
Menopause can also bring along bloating, inflammation, and cramps, much like periods. The changes happening inside your body can significantly affect your digestion and lead to serious troubles like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). CBD is an anti-inflammatory agent, and it may help reduce the inflammation caused by IBS. It might also improve digestion and reduce the chances of bloating.
3. Can restore hormonal imbalance
The menopause transition is marked by hormonal changes in women. You can experience a fluctuation in the level of the hormones cortisol, prolactin, and even estrogen. During menopause, estrogen, the primary female sex hormone gets affected the most. Any changes in the level can affect your body. When the cannabinoid interacts with your endocannabinoid system, it may also help regulate the hormonal imbalance in your body. This of course works depending on each person individually.
4. May help alleviate pain
Pain can also be quite common when you are going through menopause. Headaches, joint pains, inflammation, breast pain, and so much more are associated to the menopause. There is also an increased risk of developing arthritis. More than 60% of women from the age-group of 40 to 60 years go through muscle and joint pain. CBD might be helpful in reducing pain and inflammation and make your life easier.
5. Improves sleep
Difficulty sleeping is one of the most common symptoms. You may also feel stressed, anxious, and experience hot flashes which can hamper the quality and quantity of sleep you get. You can feel tired and restless the next day if you don’t get enough sleep. The cannabinoid CBD might help relax your body and mind for sleep. It may also alter your sleep schedule to ensure you get more quality sleep each night and wake up fresh the next day
At MOi + ME female health is always at the forefront of our product creation, here we share our top 3 CBD products that’s we think can support you the most:-
Moment Mist - CBD Oil Spray
We would suggest exploring CBD oil to help with Mood changes and pain that maybe arise as a symptom. CBD oil is well researched and evidence shows that it can support pain, anxiety and depression. Our Moment Mist is flavoured and scented with peppermint and comes in an easy to use spray that can be squirted directly under the tongue. The bottle is small and discreet, perfect for use at any time in any place
One other top tip for CBD oil is CBD increases blood flow to tissues, which increases sensitivity and promotes the body's own natural lubrications, so using an oil daily alongside our massage candle will deliver huge benefits for dryness and sexual activity.
Temple Moment - CBD Head Roller
For sleep disturbance and hot flashes we strongly recommend our Temple Moment, it is blended with lavender & evening primrose and infused with 500mg of CBD. The powerful ingredients in this blend will help you to calm some of the hot flashes and help you to relax for sleep.
It’s silver roller ball, delivers a moment of cold to the temples for those moments of unexpected hot flashes so make sure this is in your handbag during the day as well as alongside your bed. It can be used as often as needed
CBD Massage Candle - Not just any candle
This is one of our favourite products, you can simply light the candle and relax letting the beautiful aromas fill the room and calm your mind. When the candle is melted you can the use the hot CBD infused oil directly on the skin. We suggest taking this candle to the bedroom to help support sexual activity in an intimate relaxing way.
The melted oil will also support any areas of pain or dryness on the skin.
Our final thought is…… Starting to go through the menopause phase is inevitable, and its symptoms may affect your life significantly. While you may have to go through the menopause, there is no reason for you to suffer through it. You can use CBD to combat the symptoms in a natural and therapeutic way.
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