Peri-menopause and what it means for you
Peri-menopause is the end of a woman’s child bearing years, around the age of 40 onwards, culminating in menopause. It’s also the end of periods. Yay…there are some pluses! The resulting decline in progesterone can cause some of the following symptoms:
- Hot flushes
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
- Low libido
- Sleeping problems
- Irregular periods
These occur as progesterone levels decline, leaving the hormone oestrogen dominant, and an increase in cortisol, (the fight or flight stress hormone) After menopause, the adrenal glands take over from the ovaries in the production of oestrogen and progesterone.
Stress will lead to increased cortisol and a decline in the production of the sex hormones. As progesterone decreases, oestrogen and cortisol increase, so it’s important to source a bio-identical form of progesterone to combat this, preferably as a cream. A balanced life style and a healthy organic diet is all important, too. I’ll go into this in more detail in the future. Don’t despair, there’s lots you can do!
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