Getting to the Root: Perimenopause
It’s here! Our second edition of the new Getting to the Root video series. In this collection of short videos, our very own Dr. Elizabeth Boham and Physician Assistant Kristin Boyt will explore hot topics around health that our UltraWellness Center patients ask about the most. In this episode, they dive into perimenopause.
Women often come to the UWC for help managing their symptoms associated with perimenopause. Some of them are aware hormonal changes are starting to take place, while others can’t quite put their finger on why they feel different.
This topic can get confusing for some, so here are a few definitions to help you better understand this phase of life:
- Premenopausal: A woman is still experiencing normal monthly menses.
- Menopausal: A woman has not had her monthly cycle for at least a year. This typically occurs between ages 45 and 55.
- Perimenopause: This is the time in between the above phases. A woman’s hormones are starting to shift and can greatly vary during this time, which means some months she may ovulate and menstruate and other months she will not.
Many symptoms can arise during perimenopause, which can last for up to ten years in some women. As with anything else, symptoms can be drastically different from woman to woman. Some common ones are irritability, new onset of anxiety or depression, memory loss, changes in weight and metabolism, headaches without previous history, and hot flashes or night sweats. One of Kristin’s current patients was having symptoms for months without knowing the cause, until night sweats provided her with the “aha” moment that her hormones were changing.
In this episode, Dr. Boham and Kristin explore:
- The different presentations of peri-menopause and why they happen
- The pros and cons of hormone testing and when to do it
- Risk factors that can increase the severity of peri-menopause and how to reduce your own risk
- The Functional Medicine perspective
- Toxins and hormonal imbalances
- Dietary changes that can reduce symptoms frequency and severity
- Stress reduction and why it matters
- Alternative therapies like acupuncture
It can be frustrating to not feel like yourself and not know why. Dr. Boham and Liz provide a helpful understanding of hormones and the changes that occur with perimenopause so that you can have an informed conversation with your own physician and get to the root of your own symptoms.