Solutions for Seven Symptoms of Perimenopause

Irritability/Anxiety/Mood Swings

Irritability/Anxiety/Mood Swings: Symptoms can occur during perimenopause & menopause. Estrogen acts on the brain as a natural mood elevator while progesterone has a relaxant or sedative effect. As the production of these two hormones starts to diminish, mood imbalances can occur.
Susan Lark, M.D. Ann Louise Gittleman (ALG) Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Eliminate caffeine, dairy products, chocolate, alcohol. Ginger-root tea and magnesium (300 mg daily) help combat fatigue. High levels of estrogen can deplete vitamin B6 and cause depression. Take B6 as part of a B-complex containing 25-100 mg of B6. For anxiety take Evening primrose oil, 500 mg capsules, 2-4 per daily, vitamin C, 1,000-2000 mg, panthothenic acid 500-1,000 mg, or licorice root (follow instructions on the bottle.) Zinc, 35-50 mg daily, is helpful as is a topical progesterone cream like ProgestaKey, 1 pump daily during the last two weeks of the cycle. Dr. Northrup says natural foods, bioidentical hormones, vitamins & minerals, herbs, exercise, etc., are "powerful" tools that can help perimenopausal women "reestablish a physical and emotional comfort zone." But, reoccurring emotions may be a "wake-up call and an opportunity to implement much-needed change." Part of addressing perimenopausal symptoms, she writes, is acknowledging and listening to the inner wisdom and messages embodied in outward symptoms.