Some women notice that from the 40’s age group, they develop more premenstrual symptoms like irritability, anxiety, breast tenderness, inability to sleep, irritable bowel symptoms, and even depression. Some women may even get anxiety attacks, migraines and hot flushes at this time. Other women may develop painful, irregular or heavy periods.
Unfortunately, some end up with such heavy periods that they can become seriously anaemic (iron deficient) and unwell. Various medical treatments can be tried but some fail and the woman can end up having a hysterectomy.
These heavy and /or painful periods can occur because in the second half of the menstrual cycle, there is a reduction of both estrogen and progesterone hormones as the woman approaches menopause but the ratio of the two now tends to favour estrogen. It used to be that progesterone was more predominant in the past. This is why its called Estrogen Dominance by integrated medicine doctors.
Estrogen Dominance starts earlier or is worse when there is more stress. This may be familiar to many women who are generally overloaded and more stressed these days. They notice they are more irritable, have more premenstrual symptoms and the problem with periods that goes with this state of affairs significantly affects quality of life.
The treatment should be tailored to the individual, taking into consideration any health problems and if fertility needs to be preserved or enhanced.
Supplementing bioidentical Progesterone may also improve the following:
Bioidentical Progesterone is made in a compounding pharmacy facility from soy bean or wild yam.
In contrast, synthetic progestins do not work at all in a natural way, and in fact have been found to increase breast cancer risk.
Wild Yam is not the same as using Bioidentical Progesterone. The human body cannot convert Diosgenin, the active molecule in wild yam, into progesterone. So wild yam creams don’t work.
For more information about bioidentical progesterone go to:
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