If you’re a woman who has struggled with hormonal balance, chances are you’re used to hearing comments like…
“Oh, my mom didn’t experience that.”
“Really, I’ve never had PMS.”
“How’s your diet? You should try essential oils.”
“My period just stopped one day. That’s all. I was fine.”
If you are struggling with menopause symptoms, please know that you are not alone. Your symptoms are real. Try to see these changes as a wake-up call to put your mental and physical health first. The menopause transition is a wonderful time to make lasting changes to ensure the best possible health as you age.
Menopause is the transition that signals the end to your reproductive years. For many women, it has three stages including perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause. The transition period can last 4 – 10 years. Many women report symptoms are the most disruptive as hormones drop and the body begins to adjust to the decrease in hormone levels. This shift creates a ripple of symptoms. As women, we should be aware of our hormonal patterns and discuss options for optimizing health.
The list of yucky, annoying and downright scary symptoms is enough to make a strong woman cry. Many times, women tend to seek help during the six month period when hormonal shifts and symptoms can be the worst.
Depression is a common symptom, but usually one of many, including:
Often, medical providers fail to provide education to patients. You may not receive enough information to make an informed decision about your health. You will benefit from doing your own research on menopause, hormone therapy, and aging-related medicine.
It’s important that women communicate with each other and share information. If you are looking for resources and want to learn more about how to help yourself or a woman you love, please check out the following:
Menopause Chitchat offers written information, videos, and an online support forum. The support forum is simple, monitored well, and full of supportive women.
1. The Estrogen Fix by Mache Seibel
The book is a must-read if you’re considering hormone therapy options.
2. Goddesses Never Age by Dr. Christiane Northrup
Women either love or don’t appreciate Ms. Northrup’s approach to menopause. She has a large following and is a recognized expert in female health.
Ms. Dolgen has made menopause education her mission. Like so many women, she struggled with symptoms and finding helpful guidance. For over a decade, she’s helped other women find their way. She is not a medical provider, but she offers good sources. She has great information about lifestyle changes and a really great symptom tracking chart so you can track your symptoms and share with your doctor. Her website is pretty and has a fun vibe.
In Health Pharmacy, Fargo ND
In Health Pharmacy offers educational classes on hormone therapy and provides bioidentical hormone therapy. They are well respected in the medical community and willing to help. The pharmacy works with many medical providers in the Fargo-Moorhead community.
Also, please discuss any medical decisions with your physician. We do not recommend purchasing hormones at a store and starting on your own. Hormone treatment requires a very sensitive balance and going it alone can send your hormonal symphony into a chaotic mess.
For the latest research on the benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy, read visit the North American Menopause Society website or register for articles on Medscape.
It is time to step up your self-care! If you are not managing stress well, eating well, exercising often, consuming too much caffeine, neglecting your sleep habits, or your happiness needs – you are in for a very uncomfortable experience.
Good news! Lots you can do to balance your hormones and begin to feel better! You can take this time to improve your quality of life, health, and relationships. It is a period of wisdom and growth.
Let us know if you need help.
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