I specialize in sharing how reproductive hormones (estrogen, testosterone and progesterone) impact women and girls with menstrual cycles. However, I regularly receive messages from women who are going through menopause who want to know more about this major hormone transition.
Since I’m still working on creating more Hormonology tools for cycling women, I haven’t (yet!) reported on and created tools for menopause. So, till that happens, I want to share menopause resources that I recommend and trust:
North American Menopause Society: menopause.org/for-women
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: womenshealth.gov/menopause
WebMD Menopause Health Center: webmd.com/menopause
These websites will describe what you can expect as you go through this major hormone change, including mood and energy fluctuations as well as side effects of dropping estrogen.
Just keep in mind that menopause isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation: Like the premenstrual week, some women sail right through with hardly a blip while others find it grueling. It’s partly due to genetics and partly due to lifestyle factors, such as sleep, stress, diet and exercise. Generally speaking, the healthier your lifestyle (good sleep, nixing stress, eating nutritious foods, working out regularly), the fewer symptoms you experience.
Since there is such a large interest in menopause, I will be including menopause studies in this blog in the future, so you can learn about proven natural remedies for hot flashes, low energy and other bothersome symptoms so that you can make every day of your menopause transition better.
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