As women get older and their bodies begin to change they begin to experience various signs of menopause. The challenge that is faced during this time is having the ability to work through the myriad of changes that are occurring in the body in order to be able to maintain overall good health and a sense of well-being. The first signs of menopause are different for one woman to the next, but most often include such symptoms as erratic monthly cycles, hot flashes, chronic fatigue, changes in sleep patterns, loss of libido, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood swings. The menopausal change itself is a result of the changes in the ovarian hormones, and thus, it is important to understand a little about the ovarian hormones.
Understanding the Ovarian Hormones – Estrogen and Progesterone
The three main ovarian hormones are estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. These three hormones affect a woman’s energy level, thought processes, mood, sexual desire and other behaviors. In addition, these hormones induce a variety of physical symptoms including hot flashes, joint aches and pain, immune system deficiencies, a decrease in muscle strength and vaginal dryness. Also, estrogen and progesterone influence aspects of the brain chemistry, specifically neurotransmitters that affect emotions, mood and behavior.
Estrogen affects various aspects of a woman’s premenstrual and perimenopausal phases that she goes through. The three types of estrogens that are produced are Estrone, 17-Beta Estradiol, and Estriol. Estrogen in the body helps to relieve anxiety, increase energy levels, decrease depression, enable vaginal lubrication, regulate body temperature and, thus, prevent hot flashes, decrease irritability, increase the ability to concentrate, improve motor coordination and balance, relieve headaches, and improve bone-mineral density and cardiovascular health.
Progesterone is part of a larger group known as progestogens, which were at one time thought to be an antidote to premenstrual distress. Progestogens act as an antagonist to estradiol and testosterone receptors in the brain, resulting in lessening the affects that these hormones may produce. Progesterone is essential for the survival and development of babies as they grow inside the womb. It’s a naturally occurring hormone that is produced by the ovaries and, to a somewhat lesser extent, by the adrenal gland. The hormone may have some of the following effects: lowered anxiety, decreased energy levels, increased depression, decreased sex drive, bloating, increased irritability, water retention and weight gain.
Help For Signs of Menopause
Fortunately today, there are such products as MenoBalance that may help lessen the signs of menopause and help achieve an overall hormonal balance. MenoBalance is a highly concentrated natural progesterone cream. To learn more about how MenoBalance can help you, please feel free to contact us today.
Please note that it is not recommended, by leading doctors, to use Estriol Oil or Creme without balancing with progesterone. Estriol is the safest of the E3s but one should still used balanced approaches to hormonal health.
Estriol Oil and Estriol Creme are two other products by Whole Family Products and can also be found by visiting our catalog.
As with any health decisions, check with your personal healthcare provider when starting something new. These statements are for education purposes only and do not claim to treat, cure or diagnose disease.