Many changes during the years leading up to menopause are brought on by changing levels of hormones produced by the ovaries, mainly estrogen and progesterone.
Menopause and changing levels of hormones.
Menopause is a normal change in a woman’s life when her period stops. That’s why some people call menopause “the change of life” or “the change.” During menopause a woman’s body slowly produces less of the hormones estrogen and progesterone.
This often happens between ages 45 and 55. A woman has reached menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months in a row. Sometimes there can be more estrogen present during perimenopause than in the past.
As the primary “female” hormone, estrogen promotes the growth and health of the female reproductive organs and keeps the vagina moisturized, elastic (stretchy), and well supplied with blood. Estrogen levels generally decline during perimenopause, but they do so in an irregular fashion.
The reduced production of estrogen beginning in perimenopause can affect your sexual function directly, such as through vaginal dryness. It can also do so indirectly, in the form of hot flashes and night sweats, which can drain your energy and undermine your desire for sex as a result.
In addition to estrogen, levels of another hormone produced by the ovaries—progesterone is also changing during your midlife years.
Progesterone is one of the hormones that fluctuate with a woman’s menstrual period. There is less progesterone after menopause.
Low progesterone levels often cause hot flashes, memory loss, fatigue, tender breasts, thyroid problems, osteoporosis and weight gain.
What is hormone therapy for menopause?
Lower hormone levels in menopause may lead to hot flashes, vaginal dryness and thin bones. To help with these problems, women are often given estrogen or estrogen with progestin (another hormone).
Like all medicines, hormone therapy has risks and benefits. Talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about hormones. If you decide to use hormones, use them at the lowest dose that helps. Also use them for the shortest time that you need them.
Are natural products useful in treating symptoms of menopause?
Yes, some natural products are very helpful and safe in treating the symptoms of menopause and hormonal imbalance. One of the best natural products is Proferia.
Proferia is a natural progesterone cream containing Mexican wild yam extract.
Supplementing with estrogen isn’t always the best solution, because estrogen can actually be the cause of the problem. This hormone is found in many of the products we consume on a daily basis, so it can be hard to precisely identify the source of it in order to avoid it.
That’s why we recommend Proferia to you. Proferia provides progesterone to promote healthy hormone levels without the unwanted effects of excess estrogen.
Proferia is an all-natural, topical hormone product. It provides a natural source of the progesterone hormone, a key component to healthy hormone levels. Proferia is a safe and effective hormone balancing product that can help women enjoy a healthier life before menopause and even after menopause.