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Hormones & Peri-Menopause

Hormones...Oh how hormones affect us!!!

Peri-menopause can be the start of life altering changes, but many are not aware of what it can involve. We'd like to help you understand

Peri- menopause, the transitional phase leading up to menopause, is characterized by a gradual decline in the production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. These hormonal fluctuations can trigger a wide range of physical, emotional, and cognitive symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, mood swings, irritability, anxiety, depression, memory lapses, and difficulty concentrating. The severity and duration of these symptoms vary widely among women, with some experiencing only mild discomfort while others face significant challenges. Estrogen, the primary female sex hormone, plays a crucial role in regulating menstruation, maintaining bone density, and protecting against heart disease. Declining estrogen levels during peri-menopause can disrupt the menstrual cycle, leading to irregular periods or amenorrhea (absence of periods). Additionally, estrogen loss can contribute to vaginal dryness, thinning, and reduced elasticity, increasing the risk of urinary tract infections and painful intercourse. Progesterone, another essential hormone, works in conjunction with estrogen to regulate the menstrual cycle and prepare the uterus for pregnancy. During peri-menopause, progesterone levels also decline, which can lead to irregular periods, heavy bleeding, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS)-like symptoms. The hormonal imbalances of peri-menopause can also affect other bodily systems. For instance, decreased estrogen levels can cause a reduction in collagen production, resulting in skin thinning, wrinkles, and dryness. Furthermore, hormonal fluctuations can impact metabolism, leading to weight gain or difficulty losing weight. The hormonal changes of peri-menopause can be a challenging time for women, but it is important to remember that it is a natural transition. Understanding the symptoms can help you navigate this phase with greater ease and maintain their well-being.

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