We are finishing our 2021 with a discussion surrounding perimenopause! In our 11th episode from the Rehab Within Reach Podcast, Dr. Sara Nelson, PT, DPT and Dr. Chrissy Clark, PT, DPT discuss:
🤔What is perimenopause and when does it start?
Refers to the time during which your body makes the natural transition to menopause
Sometime in your 40’s but can start as early as mid-30’s
🤔What are signs and symptoms?
Vaginal and bladder problems
Changes in sexual function
Risk of osteoporosis
Changing cholesterol levels
🤔How to manage symptoms?
Meds (not all are created equal, sometimes we need a little extra help at times)
Perform weight-bearing exercises
Improve sleep hygiene
Limit alcohol and caffeine
Practice meditation or other stress management techniques
Hormone testing to see levels for estrogen, progesterone, FSH, thyroid, cortisol