You already noticed how our organism depends on several hormones to work, didn’t you? They are responsible for many mood changes, for changes in our body and also for the emotional roller coaster, among other factors that greatly affect the woman’s daily life, which includes our sex life.
This happens since we are children, the first time we menstruate and accompany us until we get more experienced, when pre-menopause , menopause and climacteric occur .
Today we will talk about pre-menopause , which is the famous period of heat and when you can clearly see several changes in the female body, which often compromise quality of life and sex. Do not leave and understand how to have more health and happiness in this time so important for women!
What really is menopause?
And how do I know that my body is coming at this time? Many women in their 40s begin to feel the “heat” that comes and goes from nowhere and is left with many doubts about what happens to the body during this period.
So, we will answer many of your questions today.
In today’s post, we will focus more on pre-menopause , to understand how hormones work during this period and to see what this influences in our daily lives, relationships and sexual relations.
You will read in this article:
- What are pre-menopause, menopause and climacteric?
- What are the stages of the female reproductive cycle?
- How do I know I am pre-menopausal?
- What are the treatments for pre-menopausal symptoms?
- How does pompoarism and other therapies improve the quality of life in pre-menopause and climacteric?
I was not prepared for pre-menopause , but have you entered that period?
You haven’t reached that stage yet, but do you want more information, either for yourself or to help someone who has been suffering discomfort at this stage of a woman’s life? So follow along and know everything you need!
What are pre-menopause, menopause and climacteric?
First of all, let’s clear up this confusion about terms. I say this because, as much as it is common sense to say that the woman is in menopause, what she really lives in are the pre-menopause and climacteric phases .
The term menopause means exactly the last menstrual period, which marks the end of fertility and the beginning of the climacteric. This is the moment when the woman stops producing eggs.
That is, the ovaries stop having this function in the female organism. So, what the woman goes through are three phases, which usually happen at the age of 45-55 years: pre-menopause , menopause and post-menopause, or climacteric.
This stage is very remarkable in the woman’s life.
It represents the end of reproductive age, when the ovaries stop functioning, the female body stops producing eggs and there are significant changes in the production of hormones.
Women experience differences in the body, many of them experiencing discomfort, which are commonly called menopausal symptoms and may require close monitoring by a gynecologist .
Among the various transformations that women go through in this period, is the decrease in hormonal rates. The absence of some substances results in changes in mood and low libido, vaginal dryness and other problems that start in the pre-menopausal time .
What are the stages of the female reproductive cycle?
Now let’s understand a little more about how our body behaves.
After all, we women have a whole cycle to be respected and, based on an understanding of how we are and how our organisms work, we have greater control and can improve our quality of life.
The fertile life of women goes through several stages, which are the phases of the female reproductive cycle:
- Menarche: first menstruation.
- Pre-menopause: occurs in the previous years of menopause and usually lasts from 3 to 7 years.
- Menopause: last menstruation.
- Postmenopause or climacteric: stage that begins after the last menstrual cycle.
- Perimenopause: it is all the time that comprises from pre-menopause and the first year after menopause.
If you’re entering pre-menopause, don’t be desperate. There are several changes, yes, and you need to know how to deal with them. The best solution is to search for all the information and try to understand your body as much as possible: what signals is it giving you? What can you do to improve the so-called symptoms of this period?
How do I know I am pre-menopausal ?
It is known that the age factor can even be a parameter, but there are many variations.
There are women who start pre-menopause in their 30s , while others reach 60 years of age. But, in general, the last menstruation occurs around 45-55 years.
Here are some factors that can influence the age at which menopause occurs:
- genetic inheritance;
- smoking – smokers usually advance this stage by 2 years;
- reproduction – women who do not become pregnant may enter pre-menopause earlier;
- chronic illnesses – for example, cancer treatments can bring on an early menopause.
Other than that, there are some indications that women need to be aware at this stage, which are:
# 1 Oh, what a heat!
Hot flashes are the most talked about evidence that a woman will have menopause.
These are hot flashes that affect more than 80% of women in this period and are usually accompanied by night sweats.
All of this happens because of the drop in estrogen levels, which alter the sensation of temperature in the female body. This symptom starts in the pre-menopause and can last up to 2 years after the menopause occurs.
# 2 I can’t sleep!
Because of the discomfort, it is very common for pre-menopausal women to start experiencing sleep disorders and insomnia.
Even if she doesn’t have the sudden heat, she may not be able to sleep sometimes.
This can be made worse if the woman has a depressive or anxious condition.
# 3 When will I get my period?
When a woman enters the pre-menopause period , menstrual cycles can vary, coming in shorter or longer spaces.
In addition, the amount and intensity of the flow also begins to decrease.
Everything becomes irregular until menstruation no longer occurs.
# 4 I’m in a rage! But I am sad and also happy
Since estrogen levels are on a roller coaster, the emotional goes the same way.
The sudden variation in mood is common in the pre-menopause , bringing anger, sadness, euphoria and a whirlwind of feelings that must be very well understood both by the woman who goes through it and by her partner, family and friends.
# 5 Why doesn’t she lubricate anymore?
Another very common sign in pre-menopause is vaginal dryness.
This is because the tissues of the vagina depend on estrogen to remain intact. With the decrease of this hormone in the body, atrophy of the vagina (atrophic vaginitis) may develop. The symptoms that indicate this condition are itching, dryness and dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse), which can be minimized with some vaginal exercises .
# 6 Get out there, today I have a “headache”
With so many changes in female hormones, there is no libido to resist!
The woman has a loss of sexual appetite in the pre-menopause , which may be due to the absence of estrogen or the discomfort during sex due to vaginal dryness. Add to that the anxiety and mood changes characteristic of the period, and that’s it!
The woman does not feel pleasure and, therefore, has low libido in menopause.
# 7 I’m sick with the mirror
As there are several changes in the body, including the possibility of gaining weight, increased hair on the face and hair loss , and in mood, which can damage their relationships, the woman tends to have low self – esteem in the pre-menopause .
For this reason, daily self-care becomes a great ally so that she can make peace with the mirror and her self-image.
There is still the case where the ovaries are removed in surgery – hysterectomy .
We have even talked about it here on the blog. There will be no pre-menopause , obviously, as the last menstruation occurs before the woman is operated on.
See other physical, emotional and psychological factors that usually appear in the pre-menopausal time :
- urinary infection;
- changes in memory and difficulties in concentration;
- depression and anxiety;
- joint problems and pain;
- dry skin;
- loss of hair;
- weakness in the nails;
- weight gain;
- breast pain;
- acceleration of heart rate;
- hair on the face;
- abdominal bloating and constipation;
- greater tendency to develop osteoporosis.
There are countless symptoms of pre-menopause.
The most important thing in this period is to seek self-knowledge and know exactly how your body works. In addition, talk to your partner and family, exercise, have a good diet and seek healthy habits. Love yourself, always!
What are the treatments for pre-menopausal symptoms ?
As much as we talk about treatments, it would not be the most appropriate term, since menopause is not a disease.
But, in any case, this natural process of the female body causes discomfort that can be alleviated with medical guidance. Let’s look at some of them:
# 1 Hormone replacement
In this type of treatment for pre-menopausal symptoms, the woman replaces the hormone estrogen.
It is important that before starting this type of therapy, tests are performed to check hormone levels and a clinical analysis.
With this, several symptoms are avoided, mainly hot flashes, mood changes, joint pain, among others.
# 2 Antidepressants
Some antidepressant remedies can act on the brain, stimulating the production of serotonin, which helps in controlling the heat of menopause and improves the quality of life of women regarding aspects of anxiety and depression.
# 3 Care related to osteoporosis
As a woman can develop osteoporosis in pre-menopause and climacteric, it is important to be more careful.
Among the treatments indicated in this sense, are calcium replacement, inclusion of vitamin D and bisphosphonates (alendronate or risedronate).
# 4 Nutrition and exercise
A balanced diet, with foods that can help the body in the replacement of hormones, increases the chances of the woman feeling less the impacts of the symptoms of menopause.
Alongside this, there are physical activities during this period , which can exponentially improve the quality of life during this period.
How does pompoarism improve the quality of life in pre-menopause ?
The Pompoir in premenopausal can be an important weapon against various physical symptoms such as vaginal dryness, urinary tract infection, constipation.
In addition, this practice favors the woman’s self-esteem and increases her libido, which will contribute a lot to reduce anxiety and improve her relationships.
In this process, all women can gain in self-knowledge and self-awareness of their own body, understanding how it works. Especially because of the low levels of estrogen, which damage the vaginal tissue, pompoarism acts by strengthening the entire pelvic floor and also favoring the irrigation of the vagina, which will contribute to better lubrication, avoiding pain during sexual intercourse and making it easier to achieve orgasm .
The movements of pompoarism also assist in the functioning of the intestine and urinary tract, bringing great benefits to fight the swelling in the abdomen. With up-to-date bowel action, it is also easier to treat weight gain and other related problems.
Women who practice pompoir movements in pre-menopause are able to have a better knowledge of their body, do breathing exercises, better control vaginal movements, strengthen the muscles and irrigation of the vagina, stimulate lubrication, avoid pain during intercourse, stoke your libido and many other benefits. All of this improves mood and works in favor of your self-esteem. And above all, they manage to relax!
Being in pre-menopause , definitely, can be a period of respect for the body itself, in which the woman is mature enough to seek self-knowledge.Pompoirism is among the best resources to have an excellent quality of life, leaving aside all discomfort and winning incredible sexual relations to have a wonderful self-esteem.