What to Expect in Early Menopause or Pre-Menopause

The change of life or menopause brings with it many different emotional states and challenges, which affect each woman differently. There is an enormous shift in the workings of the female hormones during menopause. The production of eggs in the ovaries,  fuelled and stimulated into egg production by the hormone estrogen, is getting slower in menopause to the point where eggs will no longer be produced.

The hormones in women at this time tend to rise and fall and with each of these, women can expect to experience swings in moods and emotional states.

you can experience many mood swings

Mood swings can affect a person a lot. They can make life unpleasant at times for you and for people around you. Unfortunately these can crop up at any time, but usually the person affected gets a better understanding of their circumstances over time and achieves better control. But sometimes there are some other things a woman can do to help with these troubling issues.

Use Common Sense when considering using Herbs

A natural approach to helping your body during menopause seems the most sensible approach to take. It may take a bit more work than simply popping some mad made prescription drug. But with some reading and knowledge you should notice that there are far fewer side effects. However, if you are using any prescribed medication it is adviseable to consult with your doctor etc before you take any of the recommended herbs or any herbal product. They can often interact and most women decide to go down one road (medical) or the other (natural), not both.

Early Menopause Mood Swings

During all the three stages of your Change, you will experience wild and erratic mood swings. Realize that others may not be as tolerant as you would hope, so plan time for you to be alone doing activities that you enjoy. You have been helping your family for most of your life, now is the time to help yourself.

Wild Yam containing phytosterols (plant hormones) is exceptionally useful for promoting the production of progesterone so helping to balance the hormones in the body. This will help to balance your wildly changing hormonal mood swings. Valerian is also known as the herbal tranquilizer and will help modify the mood swings.

Click here for more information on possible herb use for emotional mood swings during menopause.

Anxiety

Anxiety or depression can occur during early or full Menopause. Anxiety can be helped with Red Clover Tea or Tincture Depression can be helped with Sage tea or Tincture. Depressions and anxiety can often be caused by mineral depletion. Sage is a mineral rich herb containing zinc, which can, therefore, help when you are feeling low.

Irritability

This can be helped with nourishing Black Cohosh root Tincture and/or Dong Quai Tincture. To relax, reach for Catnip Tincture, Motherwort Tincture or Valerian Root tincture. It is also advised to ensure that you are getting plenty of minerals in your diet as these can help to handle irritability, such as Calcium, Magnesium & Potassium. If you purchase mineral supplements, make sure you do not exceed recommended doses.

Nervous Tension

Some women experience nervous tension more than others. During the change of life this can increase in intensity, or, if you do not suffer from anxiety, as you enter the pre-menopausal years, you may find that you start to have periods of anxiousness and worry.  The herb St Johns Wort calms the nerves. Valerian assists relaxation and is well known for its calming properties.

Click here for more information on the physical symptoms of menopause & recommended herbs.

Further Emotional Changes and Some Possible Recommendations

Throughout menopause a woman will naturally experience different moods and emotional states. This goes hand-in-hand with the ebb and flow of the female hormones with particular reference to estrogen and progesterone.

The emotional symptoms a woman can experience during the menopause, can be challenging and at times, extreme. Increasing one's understanding of these, can make one prepared to experience them. Below is a list of some of the most commonly occurring emotional symptoms during menopause and some recommended herbs. 

If you are taking any medication consult the prescribing practitioner/pharmacist before taking this or any other natural herbal supplement.

Emotional Sensitivity during Menopause

Oat Straw Tea helps to pacify the nerves and smooth emotional sensitivity. Realise you are going through an emotional seesaw and drink a soothing Herb Tea of Sage before you go to sleep.

Energy Levels during Menopause

A dropperful of Rosemary Tincture with a quarter teaspoon of Vitamin C powder in a glass of water, in the morning, will calm you and give you energy for the day.

Menopause Mood Swings

Please realize that during your entire Menopause, you are going through great physical changes and it is likely that you will be experiencing dramatic mood swings.

Damiana is an invaluable herb in Hormone based disorders and for depression, anxiety or listlessness as it supports the nervous and endocrine systems. You may find yourself wanting to be alone so take some time away from your normal routine. Physical exercise is the best panacea or cure-all during this time of emotional cleansing, so plan on taking relaxing solitary walks in areas that you find beautiful.

Menopause Nervous Exhaustion

St John’s Wort has long been used for what was called “woman’s hysteria” in the Victorian era. It is an excellent herb to use to combat nervous tension, irritability, or emotional upsets due to your Menopausal changes. The tincture should be taken for at least two months to combat long-term nervous exhaustion.

Vervain flowers have been used since ancient times to help headaches and strengthen the nervous system.

Menopause Stress

Motherwort is calming and recommended if you feel too much stress. Motherwort increases oxygen in the blood & oxygenation of the brain. Calm, deep breathing exercises can also accomplish this.

Click here for more information on the physical symptoms of early menopause & recommended herbs.

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Many women suffer menopause in silence.

Very often, women endure the effects of the menopause in silence because it’s a taboo subject, a survey claimed yesterday.

Many women said that their doctor didn't really understand the physical and emotional problems that come with ‘the change of life’.

Practically half of all women questioned (46 per cent) blame the menopause for ruining their sex life. Some 38 per cent say it also hits their self-esteem.

Unfortunately, many feel unable to discuss the issues concerning menopause, even with their partner.

do not suffer in silence

In Britain, the average age of the menopause is 51,. This is when periods stop and many women develop symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, depression, ­irritability, and loss of concentration.Having said that, many lucky women don't get these symptoms. For the ones that do, there are quite a lot of things, even natural things, that a woman can do to help her at this time.

In fact it can often benefit women to try and prepare themselves beforehand by keeping fit and healthy before the onset of menopause.

According to the report, one in six women say hot flushes and anxiety affected their work life.

Some 20 per cent claim their doctor did not understand the problems they were going through. But one third of couples said they would not be comfortable talking about their own or their partner’s menopause. (Editor - This is one of the reasons that we will have a confidential forum on this site. So that women can share ideas and the good, the bad and the ugly of menopause).

Some researchers suggest that women in the UK often have a harder time in menopause that in many other countries.

More than half feel tired all the time and suffer aching joints, compared with much lower levels in Japan, China, the U.S. and Canada. It is thought stress could be responsible.

Perhaps as a starting point, we should not suffer in silence any more. Share your feelings with others, your partner or people here on this site.