The Menopause

Many people think that hitting the Menopause is some sort of illness. If you’ve spoken to any women who’s gone through the Menopause and had all the typical symptoms, you’d probably think it is as well!

The main hormone which governs our monthly cycle is Oestrogen, progesterone, Follicle Stimulating Hormone and Lueinizing hormone.

Our ovaries are what produce oestrogen so when the production starts to decline, our adrenal glands are what take over to produce a form of oestrogen called oestrone. It’s not nearly as potent but it allows our bodies to try and work as optimally as it should do. We also produce oestrogen from fat cells so also being ultra-slim does not give many health benefits as we age.

Symptoms of the Menopause can include hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings, declining libido, osteoporosis, waging skin, lack of energy, joint pains, weight gain, headaches and changes in hair quality. Not exactly what I would call a fun stage of any woman’s life!

Unfortunately now, if you were 45+ going to see your GP about any of these symptoms, your hormones would hopefully be tested, and then given the option of HRT (hormone replacement therapy).

If you are going through this stage of your life, what are your thoughts of HRT? I would be fascinated to know.

HRT has been seen as a universal solution to all menopausal symptoms! HRT and the hormonal contraceptive pill contain exactly the same hormones – oestrogen and progestogen. The main difference is the chemical structure and the oestrogen they contain, and of course, the dose!

But what are some of the side effects?

When HRT was first released it was Oestrogen only. However, they found giving oestrogen only increases the risk of both womb and breast cancer and increases endometrial cancer by up to 7%!

Well, oestrogen builds up in the lining of the womb (the endometrial lining), and without progesterone to bring down oestrogen levels, the build up causes cell mutations. So they added in progestogen.

Even with the combined pills women are still twice the risk of developing endometrial cancer, a 40% increase in breast cancer risk, increase risk of blood clots and also heart disease.

Are you coming up to that stage in your life where you’re now starting to think that potentially you may need to start thinking about whether or not HRT would be right for you or not?

It is extremely important to get your hormones in balance years before this time, in order to make sure your sail through this period of your life. Balanced hormones can ensure you do not have to feel any of the symptoms mentioned above.

Contact me today, in order to get a nutritional consultation booked in to make sure your menopause is a simple as should be!

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