Updated: May 12
Do you know that a woman can just glide through menopause and that it doesn’t have to be a stressful transition?? If you are struggling or want to get ready for this transition there are some common reasons why and some simple things you can do to help your body cope.
When a woman experiences an easy transition this generally happens because they aren't burnt out and their liver is functioning well :)
For women who do struggle it's due to their body trying to adapt to having much lower hormones. Some of the common symptoms are hot flushes, night sweats, poor sleep, mood problems, fatigue, decreased libido, increased weight gain.
First let’s understand the difference between Perimenopause, Menopause, and Postmenopause.
Perimenopause is the time where your hormones start to change and where you may start to notice all sorts of strange symptoms such as longer/shorter cycles, anxiety, mood swings, lighter or heavier periods, sleeping problems, irregular cycles etc. It commonly starts in 40ies – early 50ies but may start in late 30ies.
Menopause is literally just one day, it’s the day exactly 12 months since your last period. This means not even one tiny little visit for 12 months. From here you are considered postmenopausal! Yip, it's just one day which means it’s very easy to miss but it doesn’t really matter in the big scheme of things. If you are wanting a confirmation of this, you can have blood test to measure Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH). FSH will be raised once in menopause. Oestradiol may also be measured as this hormone lowers once a woman in menopause
There are two main reasons why a woman will struggle with perimenopause and menopause and these are primary due to adrenal and liver health.
Adrenals: Stress has a profound effect on your adrenal health and sex hormone production as the body will literally priorities making stress hormones (specifically cortisol) over estrogen, progesterone. This is a problem when in perimenopause as your production of these hormone is already lowering and in menopause they are very low so any further reduction will just make things worse. Long-term stress can deplete your adrenals and this is an issue as once your ovaries start shutting down the adrenals have to take over hormone production, so if adrenal health isn’t great hormone production may suffer, possibly resulting in worse hormonal symptoms.
What can you do:
There are plenty of herbs to aid adrenals and the nervous system some of them include liquorice, withania, rhodiola plus nutrients such as Magnesium, vitamin C and B complex.
Reducing stress is key though: meditation, exercise, and not taking on so many jobs at once is essential.
Liver health is the next biggie this is because it’s the job of the liver to break down hormones once they have performed their function. If the liver is sluggish and struggling to detox/break down hormones this can result in a worsening of hormonal symptoms. During perimenopause there can be big fluctuations in hormones so by having a liver that’s able to quickly breakdown hormones and remove them from the body may help to reduce these problematic hormonal symptoms.
What can you do:
Herbs to support liver function such as dandelion tea, globe artichoke or Schisandra
Reduce/if not quit alcohol
Avoid processed foods and bad fats as these further stress the liver
Eat a clean diet that's high in fruit and veggies
Do a liver detox under the guidance of an experienced practitioner. I say this as many women at this stage in life are in a burned-out and depleted state and if they do a detox in this state, they will actually feel worse not better. It’s because of this that most women need building up before detoxing.
An experienced practitioner will be able to best assist this process. They will also be able to prescribe you some good quality herbs and supplements (not cheap retail brands) that are best suited to your body.
If you are wanting to learn more about how to balance your hormones naturally come join me for my next online seminar.
xXx Hannah xXx