Riding the wave of Perimenopause

by Cassandra Turp

Many women are unaware that the phase of perimenopause can begin a long time (between 2-10 years) before actual menopause, which is defined by the cessation of menstrual periods for one year.

There are several stages of perimenopause and all need to be treated individually depending on the person and the symptoms they are experiencing. Experts describe this as the ‘second puberty’ due the hormonal re-calibration process that is taking place in the brain.


Perimenopause is often associated with changes in cycle length, changes to menstrual bleeds (often heavier) onset or worsening of sleep problems, increased anxiety, worsened PMS and hot flushes to name a few.

It is often a time where we are more easily overwhelmed, less able to multi-task and more likely to forget where we parked the car, as memory and cognition are often affected (temporarily) due to this recalibration process.

Not everyone in perimenopause will experience these symptoms, as we are all individuals with different genetics and lifestyle factors. This time of life is also temporary and symptoms usually go away or reduce significantly after menopause has taken place.

With that said, the time of perimenopause is a very important time for nurturing ourselves and prioritising our health. If we can support our bodies through this transition with love, self are, a good diet, stress reduction and a little help from your practitioner we are likely to experience less symptoms, be happier and have better health later in life.

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Lara Briden ND, Author

This article is intended to be informational only and represents the opinion of the author. It is not intended to be used as medical advice and does not take the place of advice from a qualified health care practitioner in a clinical setting. Please check with your healthcare practitioner before embarking upon any of the treatments discussed.