IT’S A NATURAL PHASE! What the media, supplement companies and some so-called ‘experts’ will have you believe though is that perimenopause IS a set symptoms, a pathology, or a condition. Nope. Symptoms CAN (and usually do) manifest at 35, 36, 37, OR not until 45, 46, 47. Or NOT AT ALL. It will be DIFFERENT for EVERY woman.
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Perimenopause isn’t just an imbalance between oestrogen and progesterone. It’s a phase in a woman’s life when many other hormones and systems are disrupted, resulting in various metabolic shifts that affect us physically, mentally, and emotionally. It’s a whole body systems shift and we need to take a whole body systems approach.
A question I get asked often is how is perimenopause different from menopause? One leads into the other but there are different things going on in each phase hormonally and experientially.
They are your body’s way of letting you know something is awry with your digestion and gut health – and they mustn’t be ignored. Pesky gut symptoms aside, the health of your gut and your ability to digest your food is CRUCIAL for your overall health and wellbeing including immunity, hormone balance, metabolism, brain health and disease prevention.
If you’re experiencing symptoms and challenges related to hormone changes of perimenopause or hormonal imbalances generally, a more comprehensive approach to hormone testing might just be the thing to help you find a clear way forward.
Efficient clearance of used oestrogen is CRUCIAL for your hormone health and for managing symptoms such as heavy and or painful periods, clotting, breast pain, headaches, mood swings, fibroids, cysts and even oestrogen-driven cancers. Let’s explore your gut’s role in oestrogen clearance and how to support it.
Efficient clearance of used oestrogen is ESSENTIAL for hormone health because it prevents a build up of oestrogen in your system, which can increase PMS symptoms such as heavy and or painful periods, clotting, breast pain, headaches, mood swings as well as increase risk of fibroids, cysts and oestrogen-driven cancers. Let’s explore how your liver breaks down used oestrogen and how to support it.
Being oestrogen dominant doesn’t necessarily mean having elevated levels of oestrogen in your body.
However, if you’re always oestrogen dominant, it can be just as bad as having high levels of oestrogen and become a risk factor for growth of fibroids, cysts and oestrogen driven cancers.
In perimenopause your hormones are behaving differently. In this blog post, I’m going to explain specifically what’s happening with oestrogen; what it’s doing in your 40s, the issues it brings and how you can support it.