During menopause women experience different changes in hormones. It is inevitable, but it doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything that can be done about it. For a start, it is good to at least understand better what exactly happens and how to spot hormonal imbalance.
Menopause itself shouldn’t be viewed as some disease although it has a high variety of symptoms. Menopause occurs when ovarian follicles that contain eggs begin to fall off quicker. Follicles become less sensitive to follicle stimulating hormone, and thus ovulation becomes less frequent until at the end it disappears.
Most of these symptoms are related to a decline of hormones like estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid hormones, DHEA. There can be numerous of them as each woman reacts to menopause different including their severity and occurrence time.
Most common hormone imbalance symptoms:
- Weight fluctuations
- Skin breakouts
- Basal temperature changes
- Urinary tract infection
- Migraines and headaches
- Food cravings
- Irregular periods
- Water retention
- Mood swings
Each case needs to be evaluated separately. Ideally, there are blood and saliva tests done to measure exact hormone levels. Usually the first come progesterone deficiency and only after estrogen despite the fact that both of them are produced in the ovaries). Progesterone has links with “premenstrual discomfort, hot flashes, night sweats, decreased a sense of well-being and depression, and a decreased ability to concentrate and focus.” Some doctors also have experienced that a lot of women complain about excessive sweating during the night. It might lead or by connected also to hot flashes. They appear as red marking around chin and arms (mostly). For some women, the symptoms might appear as early as their late 30s. Perhaps some of the symptoms need further explanation.
Differently from ordinary sweats, appear only during the night even if the temperature, bedclothes, etc. are appropriate. This symptom is often occurring together with hot flashes thus it is difficult to separate which is which. Hot flashes themselves are “- sudden waves of mild or intense body heat.” For some people it might be really
This might indicate not only missed periods but also a change of the blood flow.
It is more complicated to find the possible link between hormones and anxiety. However, recent studies have shown that progesterone is also involved with the brain GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). It is “a is a calming neurotransmitter, helping us handle stress and anxiety.” Despite progesterone levels decline during menopause, GABA increases thus making it harder to handle stress and anxiety.
A woman can feel like herself also during menopause. Each woman can have different symptoms but still there are a variety of treatments available for weight loss, appropriate diet, exercising, lifestyle change including stress relaxation, efficient sleep, detox, supplementation, etc. Before any treatment, it should be a careful investigation of the possible cause. With the right solutions, it is possible even to appreciate menopause as one phase of the life.
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