Perimenopause & Menopause
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on September 23, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Beginning in her mid-30s to early-40s, a woman’s ovaries naturally start to decline in their production of estrogen and progesterone. This stage is known as ‘perimenopause’ and can last for several years. Menopause is officially considered to have begun when 12 full months have lapsed since the last menstrual period.
During the perimenopausal time, many of our female hormones are ‘working overtime,’ trying to signal our decreasingly responsive ovaries to increase their production of estrogen and progesterone. The result of these fluctuating hormone levels can include hot flashes, night sweats, irregular cycles, insomnia, mood disturbances, headaches, changes in skin tone, vaginal dryness and painful intercourse, and loss of bone mass.
Sleep disturbances and insomnia are common and can decrease one’s ability to effectively handle stress. This can lead to irritability, anxiety, or depression, which can then further aggravate the stress cycle. Re-establishing healthy sleep patterns can help enormously in our ability to manage stress.
During this time, progesterone support is especially important. Progesterone decreases more rapidly than estrogen during the perimenopausal phase; therefore, if one has previously been estrogen-dominant (as is common with PMS), the disparity between these two hormones can become even wider, and associated symptoms even more pronounced.
FemPause Gold from Natural Wellbeing is formulated specifically for this important stage of a woman’s journey. Its synergistic combination of herbs have been carefully selected to support both progesterone and estrogen and provide effective relief from uncomfortable symptoms.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan