Peri-menopause is defined by 12 consecutive months without a period. This process can take from 6 – 13 years. During this time women's ovaries are spitting and sputtering and shifts in their hormone productions are beginning. When the ovaries quit their production of hormones, the adrenal glands have to take over the job. Many women already suffer from adrenal fatigue so this can be a difficult time. The adrenal gland is screaming “not another job to do!” Adrenal support is very important for this transition to go smoothly.
Some of the peri-menopausal symptoms that women experience are heart palpitations, insomnia ( either trouble falling asleep or trouble staying asleep) varying degrees of anxiety and emotional imbalances, hot flashes and/or night sweats. Migraine headaches and acne can also be seen at this time. Women do not have to suffer with these symptoms.
Young women who are having painful periods also need support. Dr. Monroe does hormone panels to find out whether it’s the ovaries that need support or the brain areas, ie pituitary and hypothalamus. Dr. Monroe finds that getting young womens’ bodies functioning healthy can prevent some of the infertility problems that they might end up with, if not dealt with when they are young.
This can be such a wonderful phase of women's lives when their hormones are in balance. Again, hormone panels help Dr. Monroe to know how to balance hormones. This is essential as there is a feed-back system to the adrenal glands and, since the ovaries are no longer responsible for the majority of hormone production, the adrenal gland is. Keeping the adrenal gland healthy is the key to feeling well.
During this time many women are estrogen dominant so they feel “out of balance”. This is the time to support liver function as it is responsible for clearing the estrogen. A congested liver can't efficiently clear the estrogen and this causes further back up of estrogen and estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance increases our anxiety, increases our risk of breast cancer, makes it more difficult to loose weight and this feeds into weight gain.