If you need help with hormones or periods, you’re in the right place. This site explores women’s health topics such as immune treatment for endometriosis and the 4 types of PCOS. You’ll also find information about natural treatments including iodine for breast pain, progesterone for heavy periods, and some of the best natural anti-androgen supplements for facial hair and acne.
For more information, check out my books Period Repair Manual and Hormone Repair Manual, which cover topics such as the benefits of magnesium and Prometrium for perimenopause. And my podcast for “everything women’s health in under 15 minutes.”
Some basic body literacy:
A proper period or menstrual bleed is a bleed at the end of a natural ovulatory cycle. Any other type of bleed is either a pill bleed (a withdrawal bleed from stopping contraceptive drugs) or an anovulatory cycle (a bleed when there has been no ovulation).
A menstrual cycle is, therefore, an “ovulatory cycle,” in which ovulation is the main event.
Perimenopause or “second puberty” is the two to ten years before the final period. It’s different from menopause, which is the life phase that begins one year after the final period. If you experience symptoms (and not everyone does), they’re most likely to occur mostly during perimenopause and are temporary.
Because you could have your final period (menopause) anywhere from age 45 to 55, you could start having perimenopause symptoms as young as your late 30s, but more likely your mid-40s. So, if you were born before 1986, you could be in the territory of perimenopause and yet still be relatively young. That’s why perimenopause is not about aging. Instead, it’s an important (and unavoidable) recalibration of your hormonal system.