As reproductive functions play out over time, hormone levels decrease, signaling the onset of menopause and causing hormonal imbalance.
Perimenopause is the period of transition before menopause. The first natural decline in estrogen levels starts during this phase. Women may experience weight gain, hot flashes, vaginal dryness and irregular menstrual periods during this stage.
Menopause typically brings a decline in the production of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Women with low hormone levels may often suffer from mood swings, depression, reduced strength, hair loss, poor sleep, decreased libido, and difficulty with focus and concentrations.
Hormone balance is also highly connected to our diet, exercise level, weight and stress levels. These factors impact the overall hormone picture, particularly at midlife when most hormone production is taken over by the adrenal glands. When stress takes center stage in our lives and becomes chronic, cortisol floods the system, causing an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone. This imbalance in turn results in weight gain, irritability, moodiness, loss of energy, and skin issues such as adult acne, hair loss or unusual hair growth.
Hence, supporting our body with enough rest, exercise, and good nutrition is vital to maintaining hormone balance and long-term health.
At Concord Clinic, we check your hormone levels, discuss your symptoms, review your family history and discuss risk factors. We initiate hormone replacement therapy based on your need.