Stages of Hormonal Imbalance
Premenopause: For most women this stage is between the ages of 30 and 50 when women are beginning to notice a decline in their natural hormone production. Common symptoms include PMS, weight gain, infertility, and/or tender breasts.
Perimenopause: Perimenopause, or “around the menopause”, is the period of time before menopause in which women’s hormones are really fluctuating. Common symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, irregular periods, heavy bleeding, mood swings, thinning skin, loss of sex drive, and fatigue.
Menopause: A woman is determined to be in menopause when she has been a full twelve months without a period. The average age of menopause is 50.
Postmenopause: Period of time when most of the distresses caused by menopausal symptoms have decreased. The symptoms are commonly less intense but the side effects of the treatments may carry more risk – heart problems, cancers, bone loss, etc. because of the fragility and susceptibility of a more advanced age. Treatments should be even more precisely calibrated.
Adrenal Fatigue: Is caused by constant stress which forces the adrenal glands to release increased amounts of cortisol. Cortisol regulates blood pressure but in increased amounts can be harmful to the tissues.
Thyroid Hormone Levels: A few years before or after menopause, you may experience a fluctuating level of your thyroid hormone levels. Due to the fact that hormonal imbalance triggers thyroid issues, over 20% of menopausal women in the United States are diagnosed with thyroid dysfunction (www.womentowomen.com) Low thyroid function is referred to as hypothyroidism, and the opposite, hyperthyroidism, is excess thyroid function. Common symptoms associated with hypothyroidism include thin/brittle nails or hair, weight gain or water retention, depression, and fatigue. We can treat the imbalance of thyroid hormone levels through by thyroid replacement therapy and nutritional supplementation.