Peri-Menopause

Peri-Menopause

Towards the end of reproductive life (late 30s onward), women experience a natural change in their hormones. We refer to this time of transition as Peri-menopause.

Estrogen levels rise while progesterone rapidly falls. For many, the symptoms can be severe and may leave you wondering "what is wrong with me?". When you are not feeling well, you are not at your best.

Common symptoms include:

  • Dramatic changes to bleeding patterns (irregular and/or heavy flow)
  • Fluid retention
  • Bloating
  • Weight gain
  • Tender or cystic breasts
  • Anxiety, irritability, mood swings
  • Foggy thinking
  • Poor sleep
  • Hot flushes, night sweats
  • Headaches.

These are all signs of estrogen dominance – too much estrogen, not enough progesterone.  To make matters worse, we are unknowingly exposed to "fake" estrogens in our environment.  These are found in our foods, plastics, pesticides, cosmetics and water sources.  These agents behave like estrogen and confuse the body, further upsetting hormone balance.  Adrenal and thyroid gland function are closely linked to ovarian function.  If either of these glands functions poorly (stress, adrenal fatigue, underactive thyroid), estrogen imbalance can worsen.

Get back in Balance

Hormone testing can identify imbalances between estrogen and progesterone.  It is also useful to assess thyroid and adrenal function.  After assessing your symptoms and laboratory tests, Dr. Hatfield can help you to decide if bio-identical progesterone supplementation and hormone balancing is right for you.

For more information about hormone testing, see Frequently Asked Questions

Think you have low progesterone?  Test your symptoms here.

More information about Hormone Balancing:

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