Menopause and perimenopause can wreak havoc on your hormones which can cause a plethora of symptoms. The symptoms of menopause and perimenopause can have a drastic effect on your life, but you don't have to live with them! By attaining a proper hormone balance, you can take your life back and feel much better.
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If you are experiencing menopause symptoms, a Wired Wellness physician can help you to get tested and discover your current hormone levels. Once we know your results, we can find that beautiful melody and relieve you from the symptoms that have been haunting you. You will be healthier, happier, and free to enjoy your life without the inconvenience and frustration of these troubling symptoms.
Contact the Wired Wellness hormone therapy physician by calling 541.238.2108 to schedule an appointment and learn more about how hormone therapy can bring about a healthier, younger you.
is a term used to describe a specific set of symptoms that occur in the abdominal cavity. Most people who have experienced bloating describe the sensation as a feeling of fullness or tightness within the abdominal area that can range from mild discomfort to severe pain. Mild bloating is often the result of lifestyle factors, such as a stress and diet, but when the condition is chronic, it could be caused by an underlying hormonal imbalance. This is why many women experience bloating as a symptom of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Women may also experience more severe bloating during perimenopause and menopause as a result of water retention, intestinal gas, decreased bile production or a combination of the three.
sometimes referred to as hot flushes are characterized by a sudden and intense feeling of heat on your face and upper body. These hot flashes, that can last from a few seconds to nearly an hour, are often accompanied by sweating, increased heart rate, nausea, headache, anxiety, dizziness, and weakness. It is a suffocating feeling that often leaves your face red and sometimes finishes with an equally sudden chill.
One of the most recognizable symptoms of menopause are hot flashes. Much like every other menopausal symptom they are caused by a hormone imbalance in the body. Additionally, environmental, medicinal and nutritional aspects may also contribute to their frequency and strength.
Maintaining proper weight is a challenge for people of all ages. However, the older you get, the more difficult it can be. It has been found that 90% of women experience Weight Gain between the ages of 35 and 55, not coincidentally, during perimenopause and menopause. While nutrition, exercise and lifestyle are critical elements to weight loss, balancing your hormones after the imbalance that perimenopause and menopause caused, is vital to your success in maintaining a healthier weight. Hormones and weight gain are closely related, if your hormones are not balanced, you can gain weight, especially with too much cortisol or too little progesterone, testosterone or estrogen.Bioidentical hormone therapy may tip the scales in your favor.
It is common for menopause to prompt emotions of sadness and depression in women. It is estimated that between 8% and 15% in menopause experience depression in women of some form, often beginning in perimenopause.
The onset of perimenopause and menopause result in a variety of physical and emotional symptoms which can cause stress, frustration, and ultimately depression. These symptoms, added to an already full load of responsibilities with your family, work, finances, etc., can be just too much to deal with. It doesn't help that most women dread menopause all of their lives due to the horror stories that are passed along by friends and family members.
Beyond that, depression, like stress, may be another symptom of menopause. The hormone imbalance associated with perimenopause and menopause inhibits your body from managing stress and experiencing positive moods. Hormones and depression in women are closely related.
Insomnia hormone imbalance or sleeplessness is both a cause and effect. Basically, hormone imbalance resulting from perimenopause, menopause, adrenal fatigue or any of its other symptoms, may cause sleeplessness which in turn worsens the hormone imbalance. Sleeplessness also has many other non-hormone related causes. These hormonal and non-hormonal causes of insomnia include: Chronic Stress,Night Sweats,Adrenal Fatigue,Anxiety,Dietary habits Insomnia in women causes hormone imbalance and worsens the symptoms of menopause because the body needs sleep for the body's hormones to do their job properly. Sleep is absolutely essential for repair and rejuvenation. Poor sleep habits can predispose people to an early death by way of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Occasional insomnia, resulting from unusual stress, is common among women. However, when the sleeplessness continues beyond the original cause, then a problem may exist. The longer a woman experiences insomnia without getting help, the higher the probability of it becoming a chronic problem.
is a female medical condition which causes tissue, similar to that of the uterus lining, to grow outside of the uterus. Possible locations for this growth include the ovaries, fallopian tubes, vagina, bladder, and the pelvic sidewall. This tissue reacts to the menstrual cycle in a similar way to the uterus lining. This causes bleeding and scarring.
What Causes Endometriosis? There is no certainty in what exactly causes endometriosis. There are a number of theories which include what is called xenoestrogens (possible endometriosis hormones).
Xenoestrogens are hormones that are extremely similar to estrogen in structure and effects. Too much estrogen and specifically, too much xenoestrogens are thought to stimulate the cell growth of the displaced tissue in endometriosis.
Symptoms of Endometriosis
The symptoms of endometriosis are similar to premenstrual symptoms include:
Not all women with hormonal imbalance endometriosis experience these symptoms and there are women who experience these symptoms who do not have endometriosis.
Mood Swings and irritability are often used interchangeably. Irritability is often defined as impatience or anger to an event or occurrence. Mood swings are usually defined as an inappropriate response to an occurrence or event. The term also holds a connotation that the person's mood can change swiftly from happy to mad or sad. This is a common and well-known menopause symptom that is directly related to hormone imbalance. Hormones and Mood; What Causes Mood Swings? Hormones and mood swings are closely related. The hormone imbalance of perimenopause, menopause and adrenal fatigue causes a large number of symptoms which can contribute to and lead to mood swings. When a woman's body is going through so many different things, it is hard to maintain patience and the ability to remain reasonable. Often times, these symptoms cause mood swings
It is surprising to discover that 25% of women enter menopause as a result of a medical treatment instead of entering by natural means. Most of those women begin menopause suddenly with a hysterectomy (also known as surgical menopause)
often the result of uterine fibroids .
What are Uterine Fibroids? Uterine fibroids are growths of muscle and connective tissue in, on, or within the walls of the uterus and can cause heavy bleeding or irregular bleeding.
On rare occasions, these uterine fibroids may be cancerous. Many women have fibroids and are unaware of it because of relatively innocuous symptoms. The fibroids are often discovered by doctors during routine exams. As a treatment, many women choose to have a hysterectomy, forcing their body into early menopause.
Connection between Hormones and Fibroids
While the exact cause of the uterine fibroids are not known, there are a number of contributing factors, including a connection between hormones and fibroids. There is a direct connection between hormones specifically including estrogen, xenoestrogens, progesterone, and cortisol and your fibroids . If your body lacks progesterone and/or has too much estrogen, it may contribute to excessive fibroid growth. Xenoestrogens, the hormones that are chemically similar to estrogen but are found outside of the body, may also contribute to the problem. Common sources of xenoestrogens include growth hormones found in food and pesticides. Stress and cortisol have also been found to have a connection to uterine fibroids. All these factors combined, demonstrate that the connection between unbalanced hormones and fibroids are more than a coincidence.
in Women Read about Low Libido in Men The hormonal imbalances found in menopause, perimenopause and post menopause, commonly result in the decline in sexual drive or low libido in women . The main hormone culprits are progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen.
is a tell-tale sign of hormonal imbalance in women, especially prevalent during perimenopause and menopause. Fatigue is a medical term used to describe a state of lethargy; feeling tiresome and worn out for an extended period of time. Chronic fatigue fosters a range of additional symptoms often typified by hormonal imbalance such as mood swings, insomnia, depression, anxiety and even hinders adrenal function. What Causes Fatigue in Women? Fatigue in women is simply an overall feeling
of being tired or worn out day after day.
Contrary to popular belief, fatigue is not just an inevitable product of age. Some of the causes of fatigue include:
Fatigue saps your energy away; limiting the number and quality of things you do in a day. Low estrogen levels many times found in menopause, often result in insomnia and night sweats. Diminished estrogen also causes irritability and mood swings in women which furthers exhaustion. Too little progesterone is also linked to fatigue in women. The progesterone decreases sex drive and results in an overall less optimistic outlook. This anxiety or depression brings with it fatigue. Severe fatigue in women may be a sign of adrenal fatigue symptoms
Vaginal dryness is a primary cause of low libido or sex drive in women and affects nearly 50% of all women between the ages of 40 and 59. Vagina dryness is uncomfortable, irritating and makes sex painful, causing women to avoid sex. This can cause problems in relationships and negatively impinges on overall mood and happiness. Beyond the effect on low libido, vagina dryness can cause soreness, burning and itching that make even sitting, standing, exercising, or even urinating painful. Normal vaginal secretions are necessary for overall comfort and sexual health. These secretions also possess an acidic PH balance which helps fight off infection from bacteria, without the secretions, a women are at risk for yeast infections and urinary tract infections. Vaginal dryness is not an inevitable side effect of growing old; it is a side effect of poor hormone levels and poor diet. Women in their eighties and nineties can still enjoy a healthy sex life if their hormones are balanced and if they are eating properly. What Causes Vaginal Dryness? The hormone changes that define perimenopause and menopause are primarily responsible for vaginal dryness. Specifically, unbalanced estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels are to blame. Low estrogen and high progesterone results in the thinning and drying of the vaginal wall and diminished testosterone in woman reduces muscle tone in the vagina and lessens sexual sensitivity.
is not just an inevitable part of getting older, but often a symptom of hormonal imbalance. The occasional forgotten name is nothing to worry about, but when your loss of memory affects your day to day life, it may be indicative of an underlying problem. Memory loss in women associated with unbalanced hormones manifests itself in various ways. Many women experience difficulty remembering how to do routine tasks. For instance; following a recipe, forgetting where you parked your car, losing your train of thought mid-sentence, or forgetting the reason you walked into a room.
Experiencing loss of memory, foggy thinking, and difficulty concentrating all point to a hormonal imbalance. These types of memory lapses affect your short term memory and can often improve with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
What Causes Memory Loss? When a woman's hormones are functioning normally, estrogen levels help regulate cortisol levels which affect the function of neurotransmitters (chemicals used for communication) in your brain. As estrogen levels decline, as is common in perimenopause, the estrogen no longer properly controls the cortisol. As a result, neurotransmitters begin to malfunction, creating these lapses in memory. Often, women begin to notice memory loss in perimenopause when the production of hormones begins to decrease naturally. This hormonal imbalance causes symptoms including fatigue, insomnia and depression.
How are Premenstrual Symptoms (PMS) defined? The unpleasant symptoms of hormonal imbalance are not solely found in perimenopause and menopause by any means. Up until these stages, women experience years of fluctuating PMS hormones each and every month, causing pre-menstrual symptoms (PMS). These fluctuating hormones regulate the menstrual cycle and subsequently cause undesirable side effects. The main hormones before period onset include estrogen and progesterone. In a basic menstrual cycle, estrogen rises for about two weeks then begins to fall, at which point progesterone begins to rise for about two weeks then falls again. This up and down continues each month. For some women, this fluctuation is more drastic than others, resulting in severe symptoms. Stress and diet can further cause these PMS hormones to derail, resulting in an irregular period.
Common premenstrual symptoms include:
The rise and fall of progesterone and estrogen (the two PMS causing hormones before period onset) alters brain chemicals referred to as neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are naturally responsible for the transition of messages between nerve cells, particularly those in the brain. Mood, thought, pain, and pleasure are influenced by these brain chemicals.
in women isn't as rare as you might think. It's estimated that hair loss affects 1 in 5 women. Your hair says a lot about your overall health. When the body goes into crisis mode, hair growth is stunted to redirect energy to other cells throughout the body. So hair loss is oftentimes the first sign of trouble.
While age is definitely a factor of hair loss, other factors, such as hormonal imbalance, emotional stress, medications and hair care products can also lead to thinning of the hair and even male pattern baldness. The best way to get to the root of the problem is to determine the underlying cause.
Night Sweats are similar to hot flashes or hot flushes. However, a night sweat occurs in your sleep and causes more sweating than a normal hot flash, often significantly dampening the bed. Upon waking, you often feel either too hot or too cold. Night sweats, known by the medical community as sleep hyperhidrosis, is the occurrence of profuse sweating due to an increase in body temperature, not related to the external environment. The occurrence of night sweats is very similar to a hot flash, however it is often more severe – causing the sufferer’s clothing and bed sheets to become soaked with sweat. This condition is classified as a sleep disorder driven by an impairment of the body’s sympathetic nervous system and its temporary failure to effectively regulate internal temperatures. Upon waking, the sufferer may feel too hot or too cold and the sleep cycle becomes greatly disturbed due to the discomfort of sleeping in wet clothing and sheets and the general necessity to change both. Night sweats may be related to a number of adverse health conditions such as hormone imbalances, chronic illness, certain medications or age-related conditions, such as andropause and menopause.