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Peri-menopause OR Menopause - Which One Are You?

   

What is the difference between permenopause and menopause? Which one are you?

Peri-menopause:

Unfortunately, peri-menopause is beginning earlier and earlier due to all of the stress we undergo and the environmental toxins, our menstrual cycles get interrupted and we do not manufacture the wonderful progesterone we need to stay balanced.  Progesterone is made only when we ovulate. Peri-menopause can start as early as the mid 30's.

Well, what exactly causes the symptoms of peri-menopause? The ability of our follicles to make a mature egg, which usually causes the production of progesterone, sputter and you become anovulatory. Being anovulatory means that you are not releasing an egg each month. If you don't release an egg, you are not producing progesterone but you are still producing estrogen in your fat cells. This is described as estrogen dominance, which will cause you to become symptomatic.

There are 35 symptoms of hormone imbalance:

  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia, restless sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Thyroid Problems
  • Acne
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Irregular menstrual flow
  • Depression
  • Anxiety / Panic attacks
  • Osteoporosis, osteopenia
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Breast tenderness
  • Hair loss
  • Mood Swings
  • Headache, including migraines
  • Heavy periods
  • Fibrocystic breast disease
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Infertility
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Urinary frequency
  • Dry eyes
  • Bloating / Fluid retention
  • Decreased mental sharpness
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Inability to concentrate

Because estrogen dominance can start as early as age 30, you can experience 20+ years of these symptoms! Often times, your doctor will check your estrogen levels, but not your progesterone levels. This is a bad thing! While you are in peri-menopause, your estrogen levels are fluctuating. If your estrogen levels are up, your doctor will say that you are normal in estrogen and give you sleeping pills, anti-anxiety pills, or anti-depressants for your symptoms instead of some wonderful bio-identical progesterone. If you are low in estrogen on that particular day, your doctor will probably prescribe you estrogen supplements, which will make you feel worse as it will contribute to your estrogen dominance. It can cause endometriosis, fibroids, fibroid cystic breast syndrome, and ovarian cysts. Twenty years of that is a long time...but the good news is, you don't have to experience those symptoms! There is help!

Now what about Menopause?

Have you gone one year without a menstrual cycle? One solid year? If you have, then it's official...you are in menopause.  Which means cessation of menstruation. Although I have heard it called Men On Pause and Mean Pause.   Not what I want for you!  We were not meant to become cranky as we age, but rather meant to become wise and wonderful!

Now that you know the difference, you can begin to help yourself. Get a bio-identical progesterone cream. Bio-identical progesterone brings in the progesterone that you don't have in your anovulatory cycles or after menopause. You don't need a doctor to get progesterone creams. They can be obtained over-the-counter!

You were not designed to suffer. There is hope for your hormones!