You are not alone! Perimenopause can begin as young as age 35. This perimenopause phase usually lasts 3-10 years, ending at age 50 when the female transitions to menopause.
During this period of time hormone levels become erratic which can lead to the following symptoms;
Irregular or heavy periods.
Hot flashes and sleep problems.
Vaginal and bladder problems. (incontinence or frequent UTIs)
Decreasing fertility or unpredictable ovuation.
Changes in sexual function. (decreased libido)
Loss of bone.
Increased cholesterol levels.
Hysterectomy is a common procedure performed as a result of heavier periods. One in three women will undergo a hysterectomy between the ages of 40-50, most common age; 42. Hysterectomy is also performed as a treatment for pelvic pain caused by endometriosis, prolapsed uterus or cancer.
One of the causes of heavier menstrual cycles is the erratic nature of hormones during perimenopause. Revive RX offers an alternative approach to the treatment of heavy/irregular menstrual cycles. In some cases we are able to manage symptoms related to hormone changes and fluctuations by controlling excess estradiol and the supplementing decreased levels of progesterone and testosterone.
ELEVATED CHOLESTEROL LEVELS
What does cholesterol have to do with hormone fluctuations that occur during perimenopause? Sex hormones are derived from cholesterol. In your body's attempt to regulate estradiol, cholesterol levels will begin to climb. A common treatment for rising cholesterol levels is a Statin agent. In general, your total cholesterol needs to remain above 140 to allow for your body to form adequate sex hormones.
It should be of no surprise that if cholesterol levels are directly related to hormone fluctuations that the average of developing dyslipidemia or high cholesterol begins between the ages 45-60 years old. There are other factors that can elevate cholesterol levels including genetics, diet and lifestyle. We do not recommend stopping your statin medication without discussing treatment options with your healthcare provider.
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