The answer is short but clear: yes, you can almost
certainly get rid of your menopause symptoms, naturally and without drugs. In fact,
you can feel the best you’ve felt in years.
(Why do we say “almost certainly”? Because there are a few women — in our
experience, less than 10% overall — who need hormone supplementation to get
rid of their symptoms.)
So the question is: how? How do I do get rid of my symptoms? We’ll answer that in
just a moment. First it’s important to understand what your symptoms really mean.
How imbalances in your hormones cause symptoms
The symptoms you suffer in perimenopause or menopause are caused by extreme shifts
in the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. While these hormones
have been fluctuating throughout your life, your body has been able to adjust for
the most part. (If not, you may have suffered from PMS symptoms, another form of
But in perimenopause, your body becomes overwhelmed with these ups and downs, and
struggles to produce more sex hormones or balances their levels and ratios. This
effort can influence your entire endocrine system, the system of glands that sends
hormonal messages throughout our body. It’s also the root source for wide-ranging
symptoms including fatigue, thinning hair, sleep difficulties and joint discomfort.
The three most common hormonal imbalances for women are:
- Estrogen deficiency, which can lead to symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats.
- Progesterone deficiency, leading to irritability, anxiety and insomnia.
- Testosterone deficiency, which can lead to mood swings and a lack of desire for
Each of us has a different hormonal profile that defines how we’re able to respond
to hormonal fluctuations. The key to balancing your hormones is giving your body
the extra support it needs.
The natural approach to balancing your hormones begins with phytotherapy
The most effective relief for perimenopause and menopause symptoms is to ensure
your body has the raw materials it needs to make, regulate and use all three hormones,
not just estrogen, which has often been the focus of the conventional approach.
Not only do we know that progesterone and testosterone also play critical roles
in hormonal imbalance, but we also understand that balance is more than having “enough”
of a certain hormone. True hormonal balance creates optimal levels of all sex hormones,
with clear pathways for their use throughout the body, and the ability to manage
hormone fluctuations to eliminate symptoms.
We’ve learned the use of
phytotherapy for menopause — or herbal solutions — can resolve even severe
symptoms for most women. Certain herbs known as phytocrines share important features
with our own hormones which allow them to provide symptom relief, as well as to
bolster your body’s own ability to make and use hormones:
- Phytocrines can act like the body’s own hormones. By binding to
our hormone receptors, they allow cells to get the information they need to function.
- Phytocrines can imitate hormone functions. One example is the phytoestrogens
found in red clover which closely resemble human estrogen and can help normalize
estrogen activity in our bodies.
- Phytocrines encourage hormone production. Plants can gently stimulate
the body’s tissues to make more natural hormones.
is especially effective when the herbs are adaptogenic, meaning they have the power
to adapt to the specific needs of your body. This is very different from the “one-size-fits-all”
approach in most conventional settings.
In addition to phytotherapy, a natural approach includes these key steps for
- Key vitamins and minerals your body needs for a healthy metabolism,
hormonal balance and symptom relief. For example, vitamins B, C, D and E are important
for healthy hair growth, while omega-3 fatty acids help stabilize cholesterol levels
for greater hormonal balance.
- Lifestyle choices that keep symptoms from worsening or help you avoid new
symptoms. Here are the most common stressors and factors:
Diets high in processed foods, sugar and simple starches can lead
to higher blood sugar and an increase in the hormone insulin, which has a powerful
effect on estrogen and progesterone.
Ignoring the negative effects of stress can have greater consequences
Not getting enough sleep, relaxation, or regular detoxification.
The Women's Health Network natural solution
We know that once you understand the causes of menopause symptoms and all of your
options, you’ll be able to trust your inner guidance to make the best choice for
Together, phytotherapy, nutrition and lifestyle changes create our unique natural
approach that’s effective, simple and proven. Of the tens of thousands of women
we’ve worked with who suffer from hormonal imbalance, an incredible 85% of the women
report feeling better,
looking great in menopause, and living better — free of the symptoms that
used to interfere with their lives and happiness.
Our Hormonal Health Package
comes in five versions to match your level of symptoms. To learn more about your
individual symptoms, take our FREE on-line
Hormonal Health Profile.