How do I know if I am peri-menopausal or menopausal? What is the difference?
A woman is considered in menopause when she has not had a menstrual period for one year or more. Perimenopause is the period of time leading up to the cessation of periods when physical and emotional changes occur. Some women may experience only mild changes for a few months. Others experience a variety of symptoms over a several year period. Some of the symptoms women might encounter are emotional lability, fuzzy thinking, disrupted sleep or insomnia, changes in the menstrual cycle, hot flashes or night sweats, vaginal dryness and loss of interest in sex. While these symptoms are considered normal, they are often challenging and difficult to manage.
There is so much information out there for treating menopause symptoms. How do I know what methods are safe and reliable?
It is often difficult to know which direction to follow. My approach is based in the Schwarzbein Principle, and my many years of professional experience. The best approach is to trust the body’s inherent intelligence to heal and balance itself and support that process through lifestyle, nutritional, botanical and psychospiritual solutions. Each woman is unique and what works for one person may not work for another. Usually, a combination of treatments is required for successful management of symptoms associated with menopause.