Perimenopause: Signs and Solutions

Do you feel exhausted, moody or simply not like your normal, healthy self? If you’re a woman over 35, it could be perimenopause. Dr. Oz reviews the signs and offers solutions to relieve unpleasant side effects.

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Solutions

Foods High in Omega-3’s and Vitamin B

Foods high in these nutrients can help with cognition and fight mood swings. Get omega-3’s from salmon, flax and walnuts.  Legumes and whole grains are excellent sources of vitamin B.  Click here for more on omega-3’s and here for more on vitamin B.

8 Hours of Restful Sleep

A healthy sleep schedule gives your body the rest it needs so you’ll be less prone to dramatic mood swings. Try using a sleep mask or take Dr. Oz’s Ultimate Sleep Challenge.

A Healthy Social Network
Studies show that women with a healthy social network maintain stronger cognition and overall brain function.
Challenging Mental Activities

Overcome memory lapses by exercising your brain. Pursue challenging mental activities like playing an instrument or tackling a puzzle. Click here to learn 7 ways to keep your memory sharp.

Symptom: Desire Decline

During perimenopause erratic levels of hormones often contribute to a lower libido.

Solutions

First, recognize that a woman’s libido is influenced by many factors beyond hormonal changes including stress and fatigue.

  • Investigate sex therapy.
  • Don’t neglect your biggest sex organ – the brain. Change your routine to add increased desire.
  • Try a local hormone therapy like an estrogen cream.
  • If you’re experiencing vaginal dryness, use an over-the-counter vaginal lubricant or try olive oil to make sex more comfortable.
  • Ask your partner to spice up your sex life with Dr. Oz’s National Sex Experiment.

Sex Therapy

Investigate working with a sex therapist.

Spice It Up

Don’t neglect your biggest sex organ--the brain. A change of routine can add increased desire. Ask your partner to spice up your sex life with Dr. Oz’s National Sex Experiment.

Local Hormone Therapy

Ask your doctor about using local estrogen therapy to help with dryness and vaginal atrophy. Click here to read about how aging affects your vagina.

Alleviate Vaginal Dryness

If you’re experiencing vaginal dryiness, use an over-the-counter vaginal lubricant or try olive oil to make sex more comfortable.