What is perimenopause?
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Perimenopause is in its pioneer phase. Demand is growing for information and remedies to alleviate the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, but validated research is in its infancy. In other words, we’re just getting started in completely understanding what perimenopause is and how to treat it.
The good news is that helpful information is out there. We’re here to highlight leading websites, books, and communities talking about it, as well as organizations that recommend doctors who specialize in women’s hormonal health.
Keep in mind that every woman’s perimenopausal experience is different — including the age it begins, the type of symptoms experienced, and the duration of symptoms. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for perimenopause, and our mission at Jumble & Flow is to help women identify their specific wellness needs.
Please note that we do not endorse any particular medications or supplements. We do not rank any of these sources in a specific fashion — they’re listed in alphabetical order.
Most importantly, we’re all in this together. We encourage your recommendations — what do you think we should add to The Peri List? Please comment at the end of the article or get in touch.
British Menopause Society educates, informs, and guides healthcare professionals in all aspects of post-reproductive health.
Elektra Health connects women with menopause experts and board-certified gynecologists for telemedicine care and educational expertise.
Menopause Specialist Directory by Ellen Dolgen
Lisa Health provides a free online assessment tool to help women understand what phase of menopause they’re in.
Menopause Support UK, led by Diane Danzebrink, a psychotherapist, menopause expert, and well-being consultant
The Complete Menopause Course, by Dr. Heather Hirsch, a board-certified internist and fellowship-trained menopause exert. This is a six-hour online video course.
Women’s Health Concern is the patient arm of the British Menopause Society. The nonprofit organization provides a confidential service to advise and educate women of all ages about their gynecological and sexual health, and wellbeing. They offer unbiased information by telephone, email, printed factsheets, online, and through symposia, seminars, meetings and our workshop Living and Loving Well Beyond 40.
Before the Change: Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause by Ann Louise Gittleman
Could It Be Perimenopause? How Women 35 to 50 Can Overcome Forgetfulness, Mood Swings, Insomnia, Weight Gain, Sexual Dysfunction and Other Telltale Signs of Hormonal Imbalance by Steven R. Goldstein, MD
Management of the Menopause (published by the British Menopause Society)
Sex Rx: Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever by Dr. Lauren Streicher
Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis by Ada Calhoun
Adventures in Perimenopause series by Jumble & Flow
No One Talks About Perimenopause—It’s Time to Change That by Lisa Tozzi for Glamour
Perimenopause is real — and something women should discuss with their physicians by Erika Hobbs for The Chicago Sun-Times
What is perimenopause? An empowering guide to everything you need to know by Tequia Burt, who’s going through perimenopause right now
Women’s Mental Health At Key Stages In Life: How puberty, pregnancy, and perimenopause affect mental health. A special series from NPR.
The complete guide to cannabis for women in midlife. Cannabis is becoming more accepted as a salve for many of women’s more frustrating experiences in sex, motherhood, and menopause. By Jackie Bryant of Cannabitch for Jumble & Flow
Peri-Menopause- AKA “The Abyss” by Dr. Rebecca Levy-Gantt
The Ultimate Perimenopause Podcast with Dr. Shawna Darou, ND, and Maggie Chilton, RHN
Madame Ovary by Goop
MPowder (currently available in the U.K.)
Sleep aids (non-habit–forming)
New to perimenopause? Read our empowering guide to everything you need to know about this under-understood phase of life.
Amy Cuevas Schroeder is the cofounder and Chief Content Officer of Jumble & Flow, the new lifestyle brand that empowers women to thrive in midlife. She started her first business, Venus Zine, in her dorm room at Michigan State University, and later sold the company. She now lives in the Chicago area, and is raising twin girls with her husband, Martin, a social worker. By day, Amy works for Fable.co, founded by Padmasree Warrior. She also has worked as a content leader for Etsy, Minted, and Abstract.
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