Every female body goes through various hormonal phases, and one of the most significant is perimenopause. While many women generally understand the implications of menopause, perimenopause is a lesser known term — one that can leave people with ovaries confused about what is going on in their bodies, especially because normal perimenopause symptoms can overlap with normal menstrual cycles.

In this article, we’ll break down everything you need to know about what perimenopause is, its normal symptoms, and how to navigate perimenopause so you can feel more like your best self without additional hormones or soy isoflavones.

What is Perimenopause?

Perimenopause is the phase that leads up to menopause, which marks the end of a female’s reproductive years and is defined as 12 consecutive months without a period. After your twelfth missed period, you enter post-menopause.

Perimenopause typically occurs in your 40s but can vary widely from person to person. What’s more, once you enter perimenopause, this phase can last up to 10 years or more before menopause occurs. During perimenopause, the ovaries release eggs less frequently, fertility declines and the body gradually produces less estrogen, causing hormonal fluctuations that can impact various aspects of a woman’s life.

What Are Normal Symptoms of Perimenopause?

Perimenopause is accompanied by a range of normal symptoms that can vary in intensity and duration:

  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Mild and occasional hot flashes
  • Mild and occasional night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Brain fog
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fluctuating energy levels
  • Low libido
  • Changes in cardiovascular health

These symptoms, although normal, can have a significant impact on your physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Often, women report feeling like their relationships with their children and spouse become strained in perimenopause. Some women struggle at work due to brain fog and decreased energy. And declining estrogen affects how the female body stores fat, so you may notice increased weight gain in your midsection.

As if all that weren’t stressful enough, women in perimenopause also deal with normal menstrual symptoms like mild and occasional cramps or bloating, breast tenderness, PMS and skin congestion. Although estrogen levels trend down in perimenopause, some menstrual cycles may include spikes in estrogen that influence the frequency and intensity of some periods and their symptoms.

Unfortunately, both perimenopause and menopause have been chronically under researched. Until now, few solutions existed to effectively help support women through this complicated phase of life. The good news is you don’t have to navigate perimenopause alone, and Modere has the clean label solution you’ve been looking for to help you feel like yourself again.

Navigating Perimenopause With Modere Ova™-m

The Western approach to normal perimenopause symptoms often supplemental hormones or plant-based soy isoflavones which have a strong estrogenic response in the body and mimic the effect of estrogen. While these approaches can be effective at reducing normal symptoms, there is some question as to their safety long-term.

Hormone-free and soy isoflavone-free Modere Ova™-m is different. It’s formulated to support optimal female health through all 3 phases of menopause: perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause. Considered safe for long-term use, ingredients in Ova-m are also shown to help reduce normal perimenopausal symptoms and vaginal dryness better than soy isoflavones.*‡

Ova-m is exclusively formulated with proprietary Estro-OS™ Complex, which includes traditional herbs Angelicas gigas Nakai, Cynanchum wilfordii and Phlomis umbrosia alongside clean label olive and sage extracts. Taking just 2 capsules daily of this potent blend will help you to:

  • Reduce mild hot flashes*
  • Reduce mild night sweats*
  • Reduce mild vaginal dryness*
  • Support libido*
  • Improve sleep health*
  • Support cognitive health*
  • Support cardiovascular health*
  • Protect cells from oxidative stress*
  • Support energy levels*
  • Support mood*

Ova-m vs. Ova: Which Female Health Supplement to Choose

In addition to Ova-m for perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause, the Modere female health line includes Ova for women who menstruate regularly and haven’t begun to exhibit normal symptoms of perimenopause. Ova features 3 proprietary formulas in 1 smart blister pack that sync to your menstrual cycle and address fluctuating nutrient levels between your period, pre-ovulation and post-ovulation.*

Women experiencing any normal symptoms of perimenopause are recommended to use Ova-m — even if you still get a period, mild PMS or other normal menstrual cycle symptoms. This is because declining estrogen levels can impact the frequency, length and intensity of your period, it can become difficult to try to sync the Ova blister pack to your cycle. What’s more, your nutrient needs are changing and the ingredients in Ova may no longer offer the best support.

Women who have undergone a complete hysterectomy and/or have had both ovaries removed should also opt for Ova-m instead of Ova. Ovaries play a key role in hormone production and nutrient synthesis. Without them, the female body immediately enters perimenopause and, 12 months later, menopause. Ova-m can help make this sudden onset of normal symptoms more comfortable for a smoother transition.*

Additional Support for Perimenopause

Along with taking Ova-m, there are more ways you can help your body adapt to its declining estrogen levels, support your physical health and nurture your mental wellbeing.

  • Create a strong nutritional foundation with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fiber. For additional support, add a multivitamin like Modere Adult Multivitamin or daily vitamin pack like Modere Axis™ OptiPack™ alongside Modere Axis™ Phytos.
  • Exercise regularly,and if midsection fat becomes an issue, add the Lean Body System with award-winning Trim, Burn and Activate shown to help support fat metabolism and may reduce fat cell size and formation when combined with diet and exercise.*
  • Cut down on alcohol and caffeine, which may be linked to an increase in hot flashes and night sweats.
  • Take a science-backed collagen supplement like Liquid BioCell®. Your body’s natural collagen production and estrogen levels are linked, and as estrogen and collagen decline in perimenopause it’s important to provide supplemental support for your joints and skin. Award-winning, multi-patented Liquid BioCell is shown to increase skin’s collagen content and supports healthy cartilage and active joints. What’s more, it may help reduce hyaluronidase — an enzyme that causes skin aging.*

What Women Are Saying About Ova-m

“I have higher libido and vaginal dryness has decreased.”* —Connie C.†

“I have great sustained energy all day. I feel lively and vibrant!”* —Rita G.†

“I have noticed a significant decrease in my perimenopausal symptoms. I rarely experience hot flashes or vaginal dryness anymore.”* —Tanji J.

“I feel like my 30-year-old self again! Ova-m has helped to get ‘me’ back in a natural and clean way.” —Angela W.†

While perimenopause can be a challenging and confusing phase, remember that this transition is natural and something every woman experiences. With Ova-m as part of your self-care arsenal, you can celebrate this transition in a way that helps you feel empowered and allows you to #RethinkYourHormoneStory with confidence.

†Modere independent representative. Free product trial participant.

‡The ingredients Angelica gigas Nakai, Cynanchum wilfordii and Phlomis umbrosa together are shown to be more effective than soy isoflavones at improving normal menopausal symptoms and vaginal dryness.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.