Menopause & Hormones
Women’s nutritional needs vary from person to person, they also change throughout life.
Poor diet, genetics, stress and other lifestyle factors can impact hormone balance which can affect a woman’s health in many ways.
Hormonal dysfunction or insufficiency may cause a wide range of symptoms such as mood swings and weight gain.
They are key chemical messengers that are constantly changing and adapting to our environment. Most women will experience symptoms of hormone imbalance at some stage of their life.
Nutritional therapy for hormone balance can be helpful for a myriad of hormone related problems.
Over 150 symptoms are also associated with pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). Women can experience these symptoms in the days or even weeks before their period.
Pre-menstrual syndrome is linked to changes in hormone levels during the menstrual cycle. The exact cause may vary according to the individual.
There are over 24 recognised physical and emotional symptoms of peri-menopause. They often begin in the early forties when oestrogen levels start to drop.
These symptoms can last an average of 4 years, until the menopause. Menopause is a normal part of life as a woman, the average age for the menopause in the UK is 51 yrs.
A woman is said to have been through the menopause when she has had no periods for 12 months.
Some of the first signs of hormone fluctuations on the run up to menopause are mood swings and irregular periods.
Even though it is an entirely natural process around 25% of women will suffer from debilitating symptoms during the perimenopausal years.
For some women these menopause symptoms can even last as long as 10 years.
How Do You Really Feel?
Hormonal dysfunction can cause a wide range of signs and symptoms. These may increase during the transition from perimenopause to menopause.
Recognise any of these symptoms?
- Fatigue & brain fog
- Mood swings
- Digestive issues
- Weight gain
- Irregular periods
- Stress & anxiety
- Loss of libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Headaches or migraines
- Hot flushes & night sweats
- Frequent urine infections
- Regular thrush or bacterial vaginal infections