Women going through menopause are often struck by a sense of losing control. They feel like a host of things are outside their grasp — their ability to sleep, their bodies, their emotions. In many women, these feelings are made worse by a simple lack of knowledge over how their bodies are changing.
Fortunately, there is no mystery to the source of menopause symptoms. Most, if not all, are caused by the imbalances of natural hormones like estrogen and progesterone that begin naturally with the onset of menopause. And more good news: these imbalances can be controlled through methods you already have at your disposal. Keep reading to find out more.
What Happens to Natural Hormones during Menopause?
Occurring when ovulation begins to wind down late in life, menopause is a natural transition experienced by every woman. A key component of this process is the gradual decline of the production of estrogen, progesterone, and somewhat surprisingly, testosterone. Balanced throughout life, the sudden fluctuation of these hormones can wreak havoc throughout the body, leading to a host of unpleasant symptoms.
Can Natural Hormone Production Be Controlled?
While declines in hormonal production are inevitable during menopause, there are steps you can take to stem this process' worst effects. The first and most highly recommended by the experts is lifestyle changes. Simply exercising more and eating healthier foods can do much for the body's natural production of hormones. Additionally, high stress levels are thought to hamper hormonal production, meaning that stress-relieving activities can have a real impact on stemming hormonal imbalance during menopause.
Many medical professionals also recommend the use of alternative medicines in addition to lifestyle changes to correct hormonal imbalance. These medicines include estrogenic herbs and non-estrogenic herbs. Estrogenic herbs contain phytoestrogens, natural plant compounds thought to mimic estrogen in the human body, thus offsetting declining levels. Hormone-regulating supplements are thought to boost the body's natural production of hormones.
When herbal remedies are not effective however, drugs and surgery can be an option, though these come with many risks. If you find that your efforts to curb your menopause symptoms are not working, speak with a medical professional about your options.