“Gloria is frustrated with her sex life. She just doesn’t seem to have the libido she had in the past. To make matters worse, sex is now painful as she has been experiencing more vaginal dryness. Gloria has noticed her energy drastically decrease since her menstrual cycle became irregular. Despite practicing a good sleep routine, getting a good night’s rest is next to impossible! Over the previous months she has noticed her mood severely decrease and had started a SSRI, an antidepressant medication, which seemed to correlate with her libido decreasing even further. ”
Why am I tired and depressed?
Gloria is going through perimenopause...What is perimenopause?
Perimenopause is the time in a women’s life leading up to and before menopause, where menses permanently stop.
I constantly see women in perimenopause being prescribed antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication. It is important to have relief, but what I know is these mood changes are often symptoms caused by a hormonal imbalance, not a neurological neurotransmitter deficiency.
You have hormone receptors throughout your body including your reproductive system, heart, and...YOUR BRAIN!
Perimenopause causes a hormonal imbalance which makes women prone to mood changes during this time. Other symptoms can include and are not limited to:
- Difficulty coping/ Irritability
- Weight gain
- Sleep disturbances
- Hot flashes
Many people do not know that perimenopause symptoms can start as early as 39 years old!
3 Health Tips for Perimenopause
1. Try a relaxing hatha yoga class
- Research supports that meditation and yoga decrease hot flashes as well as stress.
2. Eat more berries
- Berries are full of antioxidants and low in sugar while high in fibre. Antioxidants help regulate oxidative stress which is associated with perimenopause symptoms.
3. Get your hormones tested with Dr. Jutai!
Supplement of the Month
Flora SAP is a vaginal probiotic. Vaginal probiotics are important for regulating your immune system and correcting microbial imbalances. If you are prone to yeast infections and urinary tract infections you likely have a microbial imbalance.
Modality of the Month
Did you know B12 regulates energy and hormone pathways?
Did you know that a large percentage of the population has trouble making the bioavailable form of B12, called methylcobalamin?
Dr. Jutai offers bioavailable B12 injections.
Functional Medicine testing
Female Salivary Hormone Panel
Did you know that salivary hormone testing is the only test that measures hormone that actually enters the tissue?
Dr. Jutai uses salivary hormone testing to correct your symptoms caused by hormonal imbalance during perimenopause.