Are you menopausal?
Menopause or peri-menopause are words used to describe the period in a woman’s life where she goes from a regular bleed once a month to no bleeds
Compared with puberty, where a young girl goes from no bleed to a regular bleed once a month, so, in other words menopause is puberty backwards.
Take note I write ’period’ – because menopause is not something that just happens overnight. Menopause is typically a period of several years starting in the early 40’s and ending around the age of 49-51.
The bleeds stop because the ovaries cease to produce the Estrogen called Estradiol.
Estradiol is the most potent Estrogen responsible for amongst other things getting an egg ready for ovulation and also promoting the production of blood in the uterine wall where a fertilised egg can nestle.
After menopause where the ovaries officially retire women typically loose around. 70% of their Estrogen production – though there is still a production other places in the body, such as the fat cells, Adrenals and liver.
Production of the remaining 30% is very much affected by lifestyle habits, e.g. stress will affect Estrogens effectiveness even reduce its production if stress become chronic.
The ovaries also produce the hormones Testosterone and Progesterone, which also decrease during menopause.
In short – menopause is a period 10 years, where three hormones can be out of balance. These imbalances can create many different symptoms, some of which many women may not connect with menopause.
The appearance of one or more ‘new’ symptoms between the age of 40-50 is more than likely due to imbalances in these three hormones. Three hormones give many possible combinations each with particular symptoms. Here are the four most common:
- Low Progesterone / High Estrogen / High Testosterone
- Low Progesterone / Low Estrogen / High Testosterone
- Low Progesterone / High Estrogen / Low or normal Testosterone
- Low Progesterone / Low Estrogen / Low or normal Testosterone
Typical menopause symptoms
- Hot flushes
- Heavy bleeds
- Mood swings
- Poor sleep
Not so typical
- Thyroid problems
- Autoimmune diseases
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