Moving through maturation cycles of seven years a woman’s fertility naturally declines as she reaches age 35-42. Menopause normally occurs between the ages 48 and 55. Peri-menopause is a period of 2-5 years leading up to menopause where hormonal changes are in flux.
The more balanced your health and lifestyle during your menstrual years the less problems you will encounter pre-menopause. Common and distressing symptoms tend to come and go and vary greatly between women. You may experience tolerable changes in body temperature, or be completely overwhelmed by sudden, surging hot flashes or unreasonable chilliness. Other common complaints include increased feelings of anxiety or depression, weight gain, difficulty concentrating, vagina/skin/hair dryness, joint pain, insomnia, loss of libido.
The good news is that Chinese medicine tradition has long been equipped with herbal formulae designed to help smooth the way for women from maidenhood through, to the wise, wild and free women we look up to (and are becoming!). Peri-menopause is an up, down ride, a time for reflection. Menopause when it finally settles calls for a celebration of new life. Taking time out for self-nourishment and removing obstacles to transformation make all the difference.