You’re not crazy, it’s Perimenopause
What’s happening to my body and why do I feel so weird? Why do I feel so tired when I shouldn’t feel tired? Why do I have trouble sleeping? Why do I feel crazy?
Have you asked yourself these things before? Let’s chat about perimenopause and how it effects your body.
When the symptoms of perimenopause come, they often come unexpectedly and they happen in a way that feels rather SHOCKING.
You may remember when you were younger and going through puberty. During this time, you most likely had similar feelings of going insane and frustration about bodily changes. But now, you’re going in the opposite direction and things are starting to feel crazy again – but different. So what’s going on?
When your hormones go out of balance, your body begins to experience symptoms that don’t seem to be in tune with who you are. One of the symptoms is having trouble sleeping or another symptom could be weight gain that you didn’t expect. There are emotional mood swings that make you feel angrier, more irritable or more emotional around your period. All of those things are happening because your hormones are starting to shift.
Estrogen & Progesterone
Estrogen regulates your periods and your ovulation. So a few things might happen that change your period in noticeable ways. Some of these changes include: mood swings, hot flashes, migraines, trouble concentrating, and depression. Estrogen also affects your weight, vaginal lubrication and your ligaments and tendons!! So you might experience such odd things as vaginal discharge you didn’t expect, or have more injuries when you exercise.
On the other hand, progesterone symptoms come in the form of having difficulty sleeping, feeling moodier around your period and feeling more bloating and irritability around your period. Severe PMS symptoms are often related to progesterone imbalance. You could also experience longer or heavier periods, cycles that are closer together than they should be, and depression,
It’s not uncommon for your estrogen levels to stay fairly high while your progesterone levels tend to drop earlier. So you can expect moodiness, periods that are out of whack or trouble sleeping to come first because those tend to mean your progesterone levels have dropped and your estrogen levels didn’t drop.
So now that you know how to spot what’s going on and understand a bit better what is actually going on inside of you, how about some solutions for all of this? If you are looking for solutions or a remedy for the chaos of perimenopause, check back next week where I’ll talk about what you can do to feel better after your hormones start to shift.
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