These may be signs of perimenopause, and can go on for several years if not treated. Most mainstream doctors will offer birth control
pills or antidepressants
, either of which may be appropriate for some women. Unfortunately, most of these doctors won't evaluate or discuss with their female patients the hormonal changes that are underlying these perimenopausal symptoms.
For women who don't need birth control
and are not clinically depressed, oral contraceptives
are like painting over a crack in the wall. And that's what women tell me they feel like: like they are "cracking up" -- and I don't mean laughing. The mood changes, irritability and sleep disruption that occurs during perimenopause can have ripple effects on kids, spouses and coworkers. The good news is that these symptoms may be easily treated with low doses of over-the-counter hormone therapy.
Doctors cannot blame women for turning to non-medical folks like Suzanne Somers
, who just want to help women feel their best! Luckily, more doctors are learning about how bioidentical hormone therapy
can provide relief to perimenopausal women, and all the people in their lives. You're not losing it -- it really could
be your hormones!