Peri-menopause and menopause comes along with a lot of hormonal changes, mainly to estrogen and progesterone.
Whilst during perimenopause both estrogen and progesterone decrease, the ratio between the two hormones changes (they are usually more balanced out in a healthy individual pre-menopause). The ration of estrogen is higher compared to progesterone and it can lead to estrogen dominance and the symptoms it can cause.
Both hormones are influenced by what is happening in our body when we are in fight and flight mode, which means that cortisol levels increase. This increase leads to a further increase in estrogen and through a feedback loop to a further reduction in progesterone, increasing estrogen dominance during peri-menopause specifically.
Some symptoms can be:
- Depression, anxiety, iritability
- headaches, fibroids
By managing stress you have some control over your estrogen and progesterone levels:
- Exercise (you may want to avoid long distance/endurance events which put your body under chronic stress
- Yoga and meditation
- Practice self-care, Journal, do things that relax you, take a time out, find time for yourself
- Eat wholesome, healthy diet (See nutrition blog)
- Avoid skincare that contains xenoestrogens, these compounds are also found in plastic containers etc
- Practice good sleep hygenie
- Some supplements like Ashwaganda or Macca powder might be useful
- Say NO
Our bodies can’t distinguish between emotional, psychological and physical stress, so stress should be carefully managed via all the different aspects, don’t let your stress bucket overflow.
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