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Herbs for Perimenopause

Posted by Shani Crofton

1256 Days Ago

Herbs for Perimenopause

Let’s talk perimenopause…and possible herbs used for this condition.

For those of you who don`t know what this is – it is the time in your hormonal cycle before your periods stop and you enter into menopause proper. This time of upheaval can last years or if you`re lucky you may not be aware of any change at all. Normally you will be in your forties, as the children are getting that bit older and you`re looking forward to resuming a former existence of carefree no-responsibility days. When suddenly out of the blue, you are beset with some (or all) of the following symptoms

  • Hot flashes
  • Breast tenderness
  • Worse premenstrual syndrome
  • Lower sex drive
  • Fatigue
  • Irregular periods
  • Vaginal dryness; discomfort during sex
  • Urine leakage when coughing or sneezing
  • Urinary urgency (an urgent need to urinate more frequently)
  • Mood swings
  • Trouble sleeping

You visit the GP and the only thing they have in their arsenal are various hormonal options, (or anti depressants for the more debilitating mood disorders) which does not seem wholesome as you are finally able to indulge without the worry of an unwanted pregnancy (BUT don`t be fooled you CAN still fall pregnant in these troublesome times!) So they offer you the mirena coil or an implant to reduce the symptoms but one google search will leave you cold at all the potential side effects.

So you`re not too keen on taking the hormones however your partner is pestering you, you`re exhausted all the time and the mood swings are driving you insane? This seems nothing compared to the unwanted physical symptoms you`re suffering – vaginal dryness and the ridiculously unpredictable period.

There is an answer try a more natural healthy approach – HERBS.

For more information have a look at one of my Hormonal Health packages.

Shani Crofton

Article written by Shani Crofton - Shefford

After completing a BSc Honours degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of East London in 2013, I opened my herbal medicine practice - Boundary Herbs in Shefford, Bedfordshire. My 20 years experience as a Diagnostic Radiographer within the NHS and in South Africa put me in the unique position of... [read more]

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