What is perimenopause and is it different from menopause?
Hey there Beautiful!
So today’s episode is my first interview.
And I decided to find someone to discuss perimenopause.
I don’t know about you but hot flashes are trickling into my life along with a period that has a mind of its own and definitely not doing what the calendar says it’s supposed to do.
In my first interview, I talk with Jennifer Harrington, Clinical Director & Founder of Menopause Natural Solutions. I really enjoyed our discussion and I hope you realize, because I sure didn’t, that you don’t have to suffer with all of the symptoms of perimenopause. And as you can hear from one of my questions, perimenopause and menopause are two different stages.
What I mean is, when I was growing up, the word menopause was the only one that I heard referring to the time when a woman’s period is supposed to stop. I thought that menopause encompassed everything, hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain, and your period completely stopping.
I feel like the last few years is when I learned about a new word perimenopause, which is actually the time before menopause where your body begins to make less estrogen and you get all the symptoms. It usually begins in our 40’s and well, let me just have Jen explain it to you.
So let me tell you about Jen.
Jennifer’s interest in natural therapies started when she was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome in her early twenties and was told she may struggle to ever have children. Initially, she tried the oral contraceptive pill as prescribed by her doctor but this didn’t last long as she found the mood swings and other side effects unbearable but she still had to do something about the pain, the stabbing sensation in her ovaries could drop her to the ground. Next, she tried Naturopathy. Her pain stopped, her cycles regulated and her fertility returned. She never looked back. She left her career in television and retrained so that she could help other women like herself.
Upon graduating college, she moved to Thailand and started working at the famous “Chiva Som International Health Resort”. It was such an amazing experience and opportunity to rub shoulders with the best minds in the industry both from a traditional and modern medicine perspective.
Jennifer returned to Sydney in 2005 to become a mom. She is eternally grateful she found naturopathy and was able to have a child after all.
After working in various Sydney based clinics and corporate health businesses Jennifer decided it was time to open her own clinic in 2010. After advertising as a hormone specialist, she found she had more menopausal clients than fertility clients. The fast transformations that her menopausal clients were making made her rethink her work and she started Menopause Natural Solutions in 2014.
What you will learn in this episode:
- What physical and mental symptoms can you expect in perimenopause
- What is the difference between menopause and perimenopause
- What tests should you have done to help treat your perimenopause symptoms naturally
- Symptoms that I'm dealing with in perimenopause
- When does menopause actually begin
- How you can reframe your thoughts in perimenopause to help get you through
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