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.
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.
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.
In perimenopause, oestrogen can rise to levels 2 or 3 times higher than EVER before. Add to this declining progesterone levels, resulting in oestrogen ‘dominant’ cycles, and you’ve got heavier flow. There are other contributing factors for heavy periods as well, which I’ll explain in this blog.
In perimenopause, your cycles are still regular (at least at first) and you are still fertile – albeit not as fertile as in your 20s and 30s – however, the communication between your brain and ovaries is starting to change (somewhat break down), resulting in changes to your cycles and periods such as longer or shorter cycles, irregular cycles, shorter or longer periods and heavier and/or painful periods.
As you pass 35 you hormones start changing. This is perimenopause; your body’s slow and gradual transition towards menopause. Read this blog to understand what’s ACTUALLY happening with your hormones here and how you can support yourself through it.