Menopause

This used to be called “The Change” and even today is the punchline of many jokes.  Menopause does not need to be survived.  Symptoms can be successfully managed.  After all, women live about 40 years after menopause.

Contrary to popular belief, menopause is not simply the result of estrogen deficiency, although estrogen levels do decline during the latter phases of the woman’s reproductive cycle.  Estrogen levels drop by approximately 40-60% at menopause while progesterone levels plummet to approximately 90% of pre-menopausal levels.  

It is the relative loss of progesterone that causes the majority of menopausal symptoms.  The disproportionate loss of progesterone begins in the later stages of a woman’s reproductive cycle, while unknown to her, the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle begins to malfunction.  The malfunction is initiated when the remnant tissue of the follicle (corpus luteum), the primary source of progesterone, begins to lose its functional capacity.  By approximately age 35, many of these follicles fail to develop, creating a relative progesterone deficiency.  As a result, ovulation does not always occur and progesterone levels steadily decline.  

It is during this period that a relative progesterone deficiency, or what has become known as Estrogen Dominance, develops.
 

Symptoms

  • Hot Flashes
  • Night Sweats
  • Weight Gain
  • Decreased Libido
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Mood Swings
  • Foggy Thinking
  • Fatigue

How Abundant Life Health Care Helps

Through saliva testing, we can accurately diagnose your hormone imbalance.  We can then correct this imbalance using bio-identical hormones, nutrition, dietary supplements, and lifestyle changes.

At Abundant Life Health Care, we want to help you discover your optimal energy and wellness. Request an appointment to start your journey today.

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