Menopause is not a single point in time when hormone production is switched off, but a gradual decline that brings an end to female fertility. During menopause, a woman’s levels of estrogen and progesterone diminish – leading to a lack of menstrual periods.
When Does Menopause Begin?
- A woman is considered to be in menopause when she’s had no menstrual cycles for 12 months. The right balance of hormones is vital to a woman’s health. But in menopause, when levels are dropping, a deficiency of one hormone.
About The Hormone Imbalances In Menopause
The following hormones can be imbalanced during menopause. Testing can help determine what clinical approaches to take with your Health Practitioner.
- Estrogen Dominance or Low Progesterone
Results in mood swings, migraines, fat gain in hips and thighs
- Estrogen Too Low or Fluctuations of Estrogen
Triggers hot flashes, night sweats, palpitations, foggy thinking, memory lapse and vaginal dryness.
- Cortisol Too High
Results in insomnia, anxiety, sugar cravings, feeling tired but wired and increased belly fat.
- Cortisol Too Low
Causes chronic fatigue, low energy, food and sugar cravings, poor exercise tolerance or recovery and low immune reserves.
- Neurotransmitter Imbalances
Changes in estrogen and progesterone levels can impact neurotransmitter levels. For instance, a drop in estrogen can result in a drop in serotonin.
- Testosterone or DHEA Too Low
Leads to decreases in bone or muscle mass, metabolism, energy, strength, stamina, exercise tolerance and libido.
- Thyroid Imbalance
Changes in estrogen levels can lead to thyroid symptoms like slowed metabolism and always feeling cold.Many women experiencing menopause will be diagnosed with hypothyroidism.
- Vitamin D Levels
Sufficient levels of Vitamin D, estrogen and testosterone are important for maintaining bone health in the menopause years.