I started peri-menopause when I was 38. I spent a year crying almost every day and had no idea why.
I also spent a year being super anxious, and I had never had anxiety before.
I honestly didn't know what to do with myself, so after a year of struggling and feeling as if I was losing my mind, I went to my general practitioner seeking help. I was offered an anti-depressant without any real digging into my symptoms.
Please note, I am not against medication, and I tried the anti-depressant for a few weeks, however, something inside of me was telling me, this wasn't my answer. The symptoms I was experiencing before medication were still there and I was desperate for relief.
I found a new doctor, a functional medicine doctor, who actually took the time to listen to me. After lots of questions and testing, voila! it was peri-menopause.
I was thrilled and terrified at the same time. Thrilled to have an answer to why I turned into a complete hot-mess, and terrified because I was stepping into unknown territory.
What was peri-menopause? How long would it last? Would it get worse? Will I ever feel better? I had SO many questions.
I was put on HRT, and finally received the relief I was looking for. My mood stabilized, I didn't feel like I was losing my mind, my hot-flashes lessened, my brain fog got a bit better, my fatigue lessened, and so on.
But, here's the thing, as I've aged over the years, I knew many of my symptoms could be alleviated even more. HRT has definitely been helpful, but there had to be natural remedies to help me even more.
It's crazy what comes up when you begin to research healthy alternatives to menopause. Some of the information I found was downright scary.
Before I move ahead here, I want to share with you that I will try anything if it's healthy and I feel like it's going to help me. If it helps, I'll share it with you, and if it doesn't, I'll also share it with you, because we're all different, so what works for me, might work for you, but it also might not, so be sure to do your own experimenting.
Here are my top 10 remedies for alleviating peri-menopause symptoms naturally:
You can find out more about this list, in my FREE peri-menopause survival guide, by simply clicking HERE.
I know, you probably read vaginal steaming and your eyes bugged out of your head...but hey, don't knock it until you learn more about it. It has not only been beneficial for my peri-menopause symptoms, it has been life-changing for my painful periods, but that's an entirely other post!
I'll be sure to do a post about V-steaming later this week.