You’ve heard about the obesity epidemic, but what about an epidemic of early perimenopause?
Over the last ten years we’ve noticed disturbing trends in perimenopause that aren’t
being discussed in conventional doctors’ offices. More women are getting perimenopausal
symptoms sooner, suffering more severely and enduring a longer transition to menopause.
Yet many women don’t realize that their choices may actually be making things worse.
During a time in life when they could be enjoying more freedom and better health,
perimenopausal women are enduring unbearable sleep trouble, unsettling irritability,
weight gain, anxiety, hot flashes, cravings and more.
Early perimenopause is part of a hormonal imbalance trend
Worsening perimenopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome, PMS — what do all of these
prevalent issues have in common? Hormonal imbalance. Severe perimenopause falls
under the much larger umbrella of hormonal imbalance that is affecting women of
all ages. In all these conditions and more, we see wider numbers of women affected,
with more severe symptoms, and at earlier ages.
Hormones begin shifting naturally around the age of 35 when estrogen and progesterone
start to taper off very gradually prior to menopause. Because this is usually such
a slow and incremental shift, the healthiest women may hardly feel this change happening
in their bodies. They may notice small differences like more irritability or fatigue
around the time of their periods, but many chalk these symptoms up to PMS. However,
for the majority of women, these hormonal shifts overwhelm their bodies’ ability
to maintain balance. The result is severe symptoms that can go on for years.
Why is hormonal imbalance on the rise?
Conventional doctors tend to oversimplify the menopause transition, and describe
it to their patients as just a matter of declining estrogen. But our hormones are
affected by much more than that. There are many factors that can affect hormonal
balance — most of which we have control over. So, what’s changed about the way we
live that contributes to this “epidemic” of hormonal imbalance?
- Stress — severe and unrelenting demands. There’s no denying
that we live in a high-stress world. Technology has not only given us the ability
to work more hours, it also drains our free time and cuts into our time outdoors.
We’re juggling motherhood, fulltime work, household demands, and more. Cortisol,
our major stress hormone, is released in the face of stress and has a huge impact
on our sex hormone balance, making stress one of the key causes of perimenopause
- Lack of nutrition. Our food is simply less nutritious
than it used to be. It contains fewer nutrients, it’s often packaged in hormone-disrupting
plastics, and we’re often eating unbalanced meals on the go. We’re making it very
difficult for our bodies to balance our hormones and keep us energized and healthy.
- Lack of self-care. So many women push themselves to extremes
every day, waking up early and staying up late, exercising too much and not making
time to restore or connect with friends and family. We often give rest the lowest
priority, putting everyone else’s needs first. Yet, sleep and down time are integral
to our bodies’ health and hormonal balance.
- Xenoestrogens and other hormonal disruption. Bottled water,
smartphones, vinyl flooring, children’s toys — we live in a world made of plastic.
And these synthetic products contain PCB’s, BPA, phthalates and more, which can
have estrogenic affects on the body. Though we need estrogen in our bodies, the
ratio between estrogen and progesterone is very important, especially during perimenopause.
The synthetic chemicals in our environment that mimic estrogen in our cells can
tip the hormonal scales, leading to more severe symptoms sooner in life.
With symptoms starting sooner and the average age of menopause remaining the same
(52 years old), perimenopause is longer for more women now than ever before.
Hormonal balance is in your hands
Symptoms of perimenopause aren’t just symptoms. They can change the way
you interact at work, at home and with friends. And more important, they can affect
your happiness and self-confidence. Not all of the factors listed above are within
your control, but you can do enough about each of them to make your symptoms disappear
and enjoy good health again.
For women who want a guided approach, we offer a
Hormonal Health Packages that provides the support you need in a simple,
proven approach. It targets hormonal imbalance directly with an exclusive herbal
combination product; a high-quality multivitamin/mineral complex to fill in any
nutritional gaps; suggestions on hormone-healthy eating with delicious recipes;
and a guide to simple hormone-balancing changes you can make in your life. As a
bonus, our supportive staff is experienced at helping you tailor your Health Package
to fit your life.