Early or Pre-Menopause Symptoms

Each stage in the change of life brings with it symptoms which may range from mild to extreme. However, in the early stages of menopause or the time called pre-menopause, the following may give you a guide to some of the more common symptoms. Each woman will experience a different length for each stage of menopause and for each symptom, there is are herbs that can assist you to better deal with them.

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There are enormous changes taking place in the hormonal balance of the female reproductive cycle during the change of life. A woman is passing from being sexually capable of producing children to being no longer able to have children. Let's start with some of the physical symptoms of early menopause as these are usually the first ones we notice.

Caution with Taking Herbs

Most natural remedies including herbs are safer and have significantly less side-effects than drugs and other man-made medical interventions. However, that is not to say they are perfect in all cases. Some can interfere with the way man-made drugs are meant to work. So if you are taking any prescription medicines you need to decide the best way forward and to seek out some advice as appropriate etc.

Early Menopause Irregular Periods

During early menopause there will be a change in the pattern of menstruation. Women often notice in the months leading up to menopause that their periods will change, possibly in length and in intensity. Sometimes your period could last for a lot longer than usual but also one's period can reduce in length and become shorter. 

When your period becomes irregular, you will not know when it going to happen. Mostly, periods occur every 28 days but often it can be anywhere from 23 to 35 and this will vary also if they become irregular. In early menopause, you may find that you have your period one month and then a couple of weeks later it happens again. Here are some signs for irregular periods:

  • Longer than usual gaps between periods.
  • Having 2 periods in one month and then no period for 2 months.
  • Gaps of no periods and then a heavy period.

Herb for Irregular Periods

Chaste Tree Berry or Vitex Agnus Castus is an extremely effective but slow acting herb which often needs to be taken for 6-8 weeks at a time. If your periods have started to become irregular, you can add this herb into your daily routine. These supplements can be in the form of liquid or capsules for best results. We do not recommend any herbal remedy in the form of a hard compressed tablet similar to an aspirin. This is because during this compression in the manufacturing process, some excessive heat is generated which damages the herb and also many binders or fillers are used, which again reduces the herbs effectiveness. Seek out sources which have just 100% of the herb in a natural form that has not been tampered with.

Early Menopause Flooding

During early menopause, you may experience heavy flooding during your period. This means an increase in the bleeding during your period.

Herbs to help with Flooding

To ease this, take 5-10 drops of the fresh plant tincture of Ladies Mantle three times a day.
1-2 weeks before menstruating.  Dong Quai and Red Clover can increase flooding so cut back on these herbs if you are flooding. Apple cider vinegar also helps to prevent too much bleeding, take a teaspoon in warm water with honey to taste.

Early Menopause Menstrual Cramps

For menstrual cramps, the hormone and mineral rich Sage tea is an excellent remedy.  To ease the pain of Menstrual cramps try Valerian root tincture. However – treat this carefully as it can either relax you or make you hyperactive. Test by taking a dropperful (35 drops) in a glass of water. Wait 24 hours to see the result. If it does relax you, it is an excellent ally for the stress of Menopause.

Early Menopause Fibroids

Sometimes, fibroids can develop in the uterus. Uterine fibroids can occur at any time during the change and if present can often enlarge during the menopause. The word ' fibroid ' means a growth of fibrous tissue in the uterus. Larger fibroids may exert pressure on the bladder and bowels, causing frequent urination.  They are common and usually are harmless. 

Herbs & Tips for Reducing Fibroids

If you have fibroids, then take Chase Tree Berry throughout the change as it may help in decreasing fibroids. An ancient method of handling internal scars and also fibroids is to place a warm ginger tea pack or hot castor oil pack over the external area. This may bring relief and reduce the fibroid.

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