25 Jun 2014

Does Menopause Misery EVER End???

MenopausewomanSo.

You’ve officially entered menopause. (That’s a year after your last period, in case you’re unsure.)

But Nancy Night-Sweat and her obnoxious sisters haven’t gotten the message. The fun is raging on long after the date has come and gone.

What’s up with that??

The ability to cruise through menopause without a hitch relates in largely to your balance of estrogen and progesterone. If the levels of these two hormones 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.

Some women make more estrogen than others. 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 start with and move on to another as your new habits become part of what you do. Here are some suggestions…and how they help with hormone balance:

  • Exercise (manages cortisol which improves estrogen/progesterone ratio)
  • Lose weight (improves estrogen dominance)
  • Avoid alcohol (alcohol increases estrogen production and raises cortisol)
  • Manage stress (decreases cortisol; cortisol can block progesterone receptors)
  • Avoid xenoestrogens (improves estrogen dominance)
  • Eat fiber (removes excess estrogen and improves symptoms of dominance)

Although it is impossible to predict when your menopause symptoms will end, the journey can be easier! If you‘d like to learn more about supplements or hormone testing, let’s talk. Please click here to schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation.


Dr. Anna Garrett

Comments

  1. It’s not the imbalance of estrogen per se as much is it what estrogen is doing to other systems in your body. The drop in estrogen raises histamine levels which in turn produces the typical symptoms we associate with menopause. Please google menopause and histamine to see what you find.

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