Hormones and Perimenopause Symptoms: Clearing the Confusion

Feeling tired? Slugglish? Are you sick living with perimenopause symptoms from day to day? Even trying to make sense of all the information out there about what is going on with your body is simply exhausting!  It seems like everyone has an opinion, especially when they talk about what seems like opposite levels of hormones. Are perimenopause symptoms caused by too much estrogen? Or is it too little?

 

The answer is actually both. Estrogen may be high or low. But to understand perimenopause symptoms, you have to know there are more hormones involved than estrogen. Other sex hormones progesterone, testosterone and even the adrenal hormones come into play.

 

Dr. Marina Rose uses Functional Medicine to help people with perimenopause symptoms and other challenging and chronic health conditions in and around the city of Mountain View, CA.

 

Conventional medical treatment for menopause focuses on replacing estrogen through hormone replacement therapy for declining estrogen levels at menopause. But, as Dr. Christiane Northrup points out, estrogen dominance with declining levels of progesterone and testosterone is another hormonal reality for women in perimenopause.

 

In addition to sex hormone levels changing during perimenopause, the adrenal glands also plays a role. When sex hormone levels decline during perimenopause, the adrenals will help produce some of these hormones to keep the body balanced. Also, the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol that come from the adrenals play a role in some perimenopause symptoms like hot flashes.

 

These healthy lifestyle choices will help to keep hormones in a healthy balance wherever they may currently be at:

-Balance rest and activity to manage stress

-Eat well nutrient dense foods rich in minerals, antioxidant vitamins, and healthy fats

-Get enough sleep

 

If you’ve tried these lifestyle changes are still have symptoms, an Adrenal Function may provide you with the important information. To find out if Functional Medicine has the answer you’re looking for click here.

One of the best ways to understand the underlying nutritional cause of your symptoms is to know which foods and nutrients you have trouble digesting and those you are deficient in.
 
Click here to take Dr. Rose’s Nutritional Profile Quiz and get an overview of what your nutritional imbalances could be. You’ll get your results immediately.

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