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Video: Premenopause and Fertility

Video: Premenopause and Fertility

Premenopause and Fertility

Premenopause is a term loosely used to refer to the time before a woman enters menopause, including perimenopause, that can span months or even years. During this time hormonal balance naturally shifts. Senior Herbalist, Elizabeth Willett, originally offered this talk about pre-menopause live. Download the Instagram App to watch our live broadcasts!

Hormone tests that reveal early or premature menopause, or menopausal hormone levels when you are in your 30s or 40s indicate hormonal imbalance. Common contributors to this hormonal imbalance can be:

  • dietary deficiencies
  • being over- or underweight
  • dealing with high levels of stress
  • having a fertility health issue
  • the natural transition into and through perimenopause or premature menopause

The majority of the above causes do not indicate your days of being able to conceive are over (with premature menopause being the possible exception). They mean that there is “work to be done”! They indicate the need for dietary and lifestyle changes.

How To Support Fertility Naturally Through These Transitions

What can be done about hormone levels that are menopausal, when a woman isn’t old enough to be in menopause? How can healthy hormonal balance be supported through these natural fertility health transitions?

1. Make sure You are a part of your fertility health program. Love yourself!

2. Create a team to support you. The best way to achieve healthy fertility is to have support.

3. Include symptom relief as part of your program. While natural therapies can take time to help the body achieve optimal health and correct imbalance, many can also work quickly to reduce troublesome symptoms.

4. Include natural therapies in your natural fertility program.

  • Eat a Fertility Diet – avoid large meals and eat 5 small, well balanced meals daily
  • limit/avoid alcohol
  • limit caffeine to small quantities (and only in the morning)
  • quit smoking if you smoke
  • create a comfortable sleep environment

5. Chart your cycle to track for ovulation.

6. Consider all of your options! Think about the other paths to parenthood available to you.

To close, I want you to have hope!
Women can still become pregnant when in premenopause and perimenopause because regular ovulation may continue. Now more than ever is the time to enlist natural therapies to support you, change your diet, boost egg health, enlist the support of both natural and medical healthcare professionals to guide you and don’t forget to also advocate for yourself on your journey to conception.

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Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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