Women’s Hormonal Health: Balancing Perimenopause with Natural Supplements and Nutrition

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In my last post, I went over how estrogen and progesterone are programmed by nature to balance each other out. The functions and effects of estrogen and progesterone complement each other naturally when their levels are in correct proportion to each other.

During perimenopause which is the 2-10 year transitional phase before actual menopause, the decrease in estrogen and progesterone is a natural process because of fewer ovulations and reduction of eggs remaining in the ovaries. 
It is because progesterone levels start to drop much faster than estrogen during the years before menopause that this balance can be offset, and estrogen becomes disproportionately higher.

The reasons why women experience this disproportion at higher rates and faster, is a reflection of our industrialized lifestyle:

  • environmental and industrial xenoestrogen exposure
  • stress
  • diet (hormones in livestock, processed food)
  • synthetic hormones (birth control pills)
  • anovulatory cycles
  • lack of exercise
  • hysterectomy (Surgical hysterectomies cause the body to be unable to manufacture progesterone, so women who have had a hysterectomy can become estrogen dominant because they continue to make it in other tissues).    .

During perimenopause, common symptoms from the disproportion of estrogen to progesterone are:

  • mood swings
  • chronic fatigue
  • water retention
  • weight gain (insulin resistance)
  • hair thinning and loss
  • irritability
  • anxiety
  • PMS
  • allergies
  • heavy and painful periods
  • migraines
  • depression
  • low sex dive
  • lower thyroid activity
  • acne
  • fibroids

Natural supplements to balance excess estrogen:

Natural progesterone (cream or oral)
Vitamin B complex
Omega 3 fatty acids
Magnesium
Selenium
Iodine
Dong quai
Evening primrose oil
Ginger
Licorice root
Dandelion root
Ginseng
Vitex  (Chasteberry)

Examples of supplements by brand:

Pro-gest cream by Emerita
Pms Control by Natrol
Coenzyme B Food Complex by New Chapter
Super Omega 3 by Carlson Labs
Am/Pm Perimenopause Formula by Enzymatic Therapy
Liver Force by New Chapter
Raw Antioxidants by Garden of Life
Live Health by Gaia Herbs
Vitex Berry by Gaia Herbs
Selenometh-Iodine by Professional Health Products
Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica by Nutrex Hawaii


Nutritional guidelines to balance excess estrogen:

Increase your intake of:

Organic vegetables (especially green leafy vegetables)

Organic fruits
Non-GMO products
Omega 3 containing foods
Water
Fiber
Foods to avoid:
Red meat (organic grass fed is best if you are going to eat red meat)
Limit refined sugar
Cut down on caffeine
Excess alcohol
Refined starches
Soybeans
Processed foods
Camille Medina, RPh

Natural Pharmacy C.l.i.n.i.c.

The information provided here is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Suggestions and ideas presented in this document are for information only and should not be interpreted as medical advice, or for diagnosing illness. Seek advice from a health care professional before administering any dietary supplements.

References:

Alternatine Medicine Rev 16(1): 5-13 (2011) Polychlorinated biphenyls: persistent pollutants with immunological, neurological, and endocrinological consequences. Walter J Crinnion

Lee, John, M.D. , with Hopkins, Virginia. What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause. New York: Wellness Central, revised edition 2004

Martin, Raquel, with Gerstung, Judi, D.C. The Estrogen Alternative. Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 2000.

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