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Andrea Bayles Nutritional Therapist
ND, Dip Nutr, Dip Herb, MBANT, MURHP, MCNHC

Am I Perimenopausal? Take this quiz and find out

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Perimenopause is a transitional stage that can last between 2 to 10 years and is the first signal that you are approaching the menopause. Perimenopause is a gradual hormonal shift that can begin as early as your 30's or early 40's and extends through to the menopause. For some women perimenopause may come and go without any problems but for many women it can be a mini-preview of what is to come. The worst aspects of menopause such as mood swings, lowered libido, weight gain (especially around the middle), night sweats, brain fog, loss of vitality and the infamous hot flushes.

Let's take a look at some of the signs and symptoms of perimenopause and ways in which good nutrition can help to keep hormones balanced to make the shift into menopause that much easier.

The following list of symptoms are often suffered by women all month long rather than being cyclical, score yourself according to your severity:

0 = no trouble / 1 = mild / 2 = moderate / 3 = severe / 4 = extreme

  • Bloating
  • Cravings
  • Decreased libido
  • Feeling anxious/palpitations/anxiety attacks
  • Feeling asexual or completely un-sensuous
  • Feeling sad, moody, overwhelmed
  • Frequent urination/incontinence when you laugh, jump, cough etc.
  • Hot flushes/night sweats
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Irritability
  • Loss of focus/foggy thinking
  • Memory loss
  • Osteoporosis
  • Painful intercourse
  • Skin changes/more wrinkling
  • Skin feeling crawly
  • Sleep problems/insomnia
  • Sore breasts
  • Stiff, achy joints
  • Thinning hair
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal itching
  • Weight gain


0 - 2: Congratulations! You have almost no difficulties with perimenopause because your hormones are well balanced.

3 - 23: This is a mild hormonal imbalance, which may get worse as you progress towards menopause. This is a good time to get your hormone levels in balance.

24 - 46: you are suffering from moderate hormonal imbalance which is affecting your quality of life. Now is the time to get your hormone levels checked and to seek advice for hormone balancing.

47 - 69: Your hormonal imbalance is so severe that is seriously compromising your ability to function and enjoy life. Restoring hormonal balance will improve your mood and replenish your energy. Seek advice immediately.

70 - 96: you are suffering from extreme hormonal imbalance which has become so serious that you scarcely remember what it was like to feel 'normal.' You need to follow a complete hormonal balancing programme to re-establish optimal hormone levels and prevent further distress.

Natural solutions can provide you with a hormonal balancing programme. In many cases it isn't just female hormone changes that are causing the problems. Very often stress hormones play a huge part too, and cortisol and adrenaline can become disrupted creating even worse symptoms. In addition, we also need to consider the role of thyroid hormones and insulin production. The hormonal cascade is distressing to you both physically and mentally.

Natural Solutions provides you with a programme of lifestyle modifications, dietary recommendations and herbal and nutritional supplementation to enable you to become balanced, vital and energetic once again. Your menopause doesn't have to be symptomatic or troublesome and it doesn't have to rely on synthetic hormones or anti-depressants to get you through the worst of it.

If you would like to know more about the "natural solution" to perimenopause or menopause, please feel free to call my clinic on 01564 33 99 55 and book in a free 15 minute telephone consultation to see how we can help you.


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  • "Andrea quite literally changed my life, by working with me on a personal level she gave me the small changes my body needed. I met Andrea and worked with her because of extreme abdominal pain that occurred every month, some months worse that others. The advice given by Andrea enabled me to make small and manageable changes that have resulted in a pain free year for me and increased energy and sense of well being. "Clare