So. Your official menopause date has passed. (That’s a year after your last period, in case you’re unsure).
But Hilda Hot Flash and her evil stepsisters haven’t gotten the message. The fun rages on long after the date has come and gone.
What’s up with that??
The ability to cruise through menopause without the need for a fan relates in large part to your balance of estrogen and progesterone. If the levels of these 2 drift down slowly in a balanced way, you’re likely to avoid hot flashes and night sweats which are caused by abrupt drops in estrogen.
Overweight women generally have fewer problems with hot flashes and night sweats because fat tissue makes estrogen. However, they may experience more problems with symptoms that relate to estrogen dominance such as mood swings, decreased sex drive, fatigue and insomnia.
There’s Good News and Bad
The good news is that many of these symptoms can be managed with lifestyle changes and supplements. If your quality of life is being severely affected, hormone replacement is also an option.
Suffering is NOT required!
Now for the Bad News
Many of my readers ask if this will go on forever. For most women, hormone levels will even out and symptoms will go away…but it could take a few years. For a small minority, symptoms CAN come and go well into old age, but this is not the norm. There’s no way to predict who gets what, although there is a genetic link between your experience and your mom’s. So, if you can, ask her about what she experienced.
Love up Your Lifestyle
The best place to start managing your symptoms is by making lifestyle changes. You don’t have to do them all at once. Take a baby step approach! Pick one to work on and move on to another as your new habits become part of what you do.
- Exercise (manages cortisol which improves estrogen/progesterone ratio)
- Lose weight (improves estrogen dominance)
- Avoid alcohol (alcohol increases estrogen production)
- Manage stress (decreases cortisol; cortisol can block progesterone receptors)
- Avoid xenoestrogens (improves estrogen dominance)
- Eat fiber (removes estrogen and improves symptoms of dominance)
Although it is impossible to tell you when your menopause symptoms will end, you can make your journey easier. If you‘d like to learn more about supplements or hormone testing, let’s talk. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free 15-minute consultation.