What every women you should know about perimenopause because it can start as early as age 35.

Average age that women get it is between 40-44 years old. It lasts for an average of 4-10 years but it can start as early as 35.

Even when you have no symptoms.

This really shows you how extremely different we all are. There is no one-size-fits all.

Perimenopause is the extremely slow hormonal shift to the big M – menopause.

The natural end of menstruation.

Fun fact: the day that you go 12 months without your menstrual cycle is the day of your menopause.

This stage of life (perimenopause) is not talked about enough. In all honesty, until recently, I knew nothing about it.

Here are the big signs of perimenopause:

Symptoms are usually treated with birth control pills, acne medications, and antidepressants.

So naturally, my holistic self became very curious because I know there MUST be another way out other than taking more pills.

Hormonal Shift

During perimenopause the two leading hormones for reproduction, estrogen and progesterone, start to rise and fall unevenly.

Up until this point, both estrogen and progesterone have a very predictable circulation.

Estrogen levels rise and fall twice during the menstrual cycle.

The menstrual cycle has 4 phases:

  1. Follicular
  2. Ovulatory
  3. Luteal
  4. Menstrual

Follicular: In the beginning both progesterone and estrogen levels are low. Then estrogen starts to rise.

Ovulation: Estrogen keeps increasing. Progesterone levels start to increase.

Luteal: Estrogen and progesterone reach their peak levels. Then fall to the lowest levels right before bleeding.

Menstrual: All hormones decline quickly and are at their lowest.

See? Pretty predictable.


As we get to our late 30s, we do not produce as much progesterone. Our follicles start to produce less estrogen and fewer ovulations. Leading to irregular cycles, and irregularity in spikes and drops of estrogen.

To put it simply- this leads to a rise of the hormone called FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) which makes attempts at creating more estrogen.

The rise of FSH is perimenopause.

How to subside perimenopausal symptoms

As always, you should check with your licensed care provider before trying anything new.

During this time I highly recommend:

As women, we are all heading in this direction, are in this phase or have just gone through it.

Knowledge is power. It is better to be prepared than getting caught off guard not knowing what to do.

All of the things mentioned above to help subside symptoms, is something we can start incorporating today. The longer we can keep a regular cycle, the better our health will be long term.

Hope this information helps. I know for me, I am so prepared now when the time comes. It also gives me even more motivation to keep doing what I am doing in regards to my health.

Thank you and deeply grateful you are here reading this!

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See you next week.

Alejandra at Living Well Co.

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