Hormone Health

Hormone health and the road to menopause

It sneaks up on you, doesn’t it?  Suddenly your fuse is much shorter, you’re increasingly snappy and the waves of emotion and overwhelm feel like nothing you’ve ever felt before (cue having uncontrollable tears watching TV)!  And that’s just the emotional side of things!  How about the physical stuff, like bloating and weight gain, insomnia and exhaustion, aching joints, palpitations, and hot flushes?  Suddenly, you no longer recognise yourself .

If you’re in your 40s and you are having these symptoms, then the chances are you are perimenopausal.  It’s an important life stage (often called our second puberty), where you transition from being in your reproductive years to having no periods at all.  You don’t reach menopause until you have not had a period for 12 months, and the journey of reaching that single day can last between 8 and 12 years. 

The myriad of perimenopausal symptoms can have a big impact on your sense of self, your work life, and your relationships.  When you don’t understand what is happening to you or why, this can further add to your anxiety.

What is happening to your hormones?

During perimenopause your reproductive (or steroid) hormones become imbalanced and over time, they decline.  The hormone progesterone falls steadily, and with that you may experience increased anxiety, insomnia, depression, vaginal dryness, low libido, and less frequent periods.  Oestrogen on the other hand can become very erratic with regular highs and lows and a tendency to dominate over other hormones.  This can be experienced as heavy and painful periods, worsened PMS, sore or tender breasts, hair loss, headaches and bloating.

You have over 50 different hormones in your body, and they are all interconnected, when one starts to get out of line, it can impact the others, which is why your perimenopausal symptoms can feel completely alien and often not related to your periods at all.

Other areas of your body are affected by these changes, such as your gut health, how you tolerate and digest food, and how you carry weight around your mid-riff.  You may also experience brain health symptoms like memory loss, and brain fog, and if you are trying to keep on top of your demanding work life, you may find your ability to handle stress becomes harder.  And your energy levels may suddenly not be what they used to be.  All of this is the impact of the hormone system adjusting to what is going on inside you.

Take your first steps to discovering hormone balance

Every woman will go through the menopause.  We can’t – and wouldn’t want to – change that.  But we can make it a more pleasant passage.  By managing your environment, identifying your stress triggers,  prioritising quality sleep, and eating healthier, you’ll be able to nourish your body and mind, and support your body through this important stage of life.

I will guide and support you to identify and address the areas of your health that are being impacted by your hormone changes, and I will empower you to feel bright and confident about the next great chapter in your life.

Book a free mini consultation with me, to find out how you can achieve hormone balance and inner harmony today.