PMS to Menopause



Don't Let Your Hormones Get In The Way of Making the Right Choices



Women’s Health and Hormones



PMS

PERIMENOPAUSE

MENOPAUSE

CANDIDA

POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME

From PMS to Menopause to PCOS, proven natural medicine can effectively be used to alleviate problems that our hormones are causing even a yeast infection.

A hormone is a chemical messenger that is sent out via our endocrine glands. Without going into detail about our endocrine system and the chemical structure of hormones, these little messengers when in the correct balance are the reason our bodies develop the way they do. When they are not in balance however, they can cause absolute havoc.

If you have suffered a hormone imbalance, you will know what I’m talking about.

• You are not yourself,

• Your partner steps around you!

• You cant stop crying

• You put on weight without overeating

• One minute you're happy, next you're grumpy or in tears

If this is you, don’t worry, you are not alone. Unfortunately with the female body, we spend the majority of our lives i.e. from age 12 – 70 going through hormonal changes. Puberty – menstruation - birth control – pregnancy - post partum depression - peri-menopause - pre-menopause and then menopause. Gosh, with all those hormone changes, no wonder there are one or two upsets along the way.

What causes an imbalance of hormones you ask?

Well, a number of reasons, some of them obvious, some of them not. Xenoestrogens are one reason that upset the balance between oestrogen and progesterone. Xenoestrogens are external synthetic chemicals that we can be exposed to in our environment, such as in plastics and foods. Others are in synthetic hormone drugs such as the birth control pill and hormone replacement therapy (HRT). I will go into more detail about xenoestrogens when I talk about the different menopausal stages.

PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)

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PMS is an 'age old' problem for women ages from 12 to 50 and beyond. Premenstrual syndrome is just that; a syndrome, a collection of symptoms. PMS is basically a hormonal imbalance that makes you a very unhappy person just before your period. This is because of the changes in hormones.

Symptoms range from the following:

Depression

Bloating

Pimples

Violent temper

Sore breasts

Cramping

Migraines

Headaches

Sugar cravings

Yeast Infections

It’s not a pleasant line up of symptoms is it?

Ok so what is happening here is something called progesterone deficiency or OESTROGEN DOMINANCE In the days following ovulation, you should be producing a decent amount of progesterone but in some people, oestrogen overrides the effects of progesterone. They should complement each other but when they don’t, they cause problems. Oestrogen dominance is what causes the symptoms above but when you have enough progesterone being manufactured, these symptoms are absent or only mild. Think of oestrogen as ‘the baddy’ and progesterone as ‘the goody’.

Treatment of PMS is simply rebalancing your hormones and following some other simple guidelines.



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PERIMENOPAUSE

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Perimenopause is the stage where your hormones are only just starting to decline. The level of decline is only minuscule but becuase we are so sensitive to our hormones, this small decline can still be very noticeable.

Perimenopause is the lead up to Premenopause so in this discussion, I will refer to them in the same context. The only difference being the level of hormone decline and age. Perimenopause can start from any age but generally around age 30 as this is when our body assumes we have finished having our babies and it's time to start slowing down the reproductive cycle.

Premenopause happens a little later, around the late 30's and early 40's and the decline in hormones is not as subtle.

Symptoms of Perimenopause and Premenopause:

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Lack of libido

Increase in facial hair

Shortening of menses

Mood swings

Sugar cravings which can lead to weight gain

Sleeping problems

Memory and concentration problems

Fluid retention

While these signs and symptoms can also relate to a number of different health problems, I am only going to refer to them in context with Perimenopause and Premenopause. If you are having any or all of the above symptoms please click on the links to find out what treatments I suggest.

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MENOPAUSE

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Menopause is as it states; when our menstrual cycle is being put on pause. This is when our oestrogen and progesterone really start to wind down in production.

Oestrogen is a very powerful hormone that gives you, your female characteristics.

There are 3 different types of oestrogen but I will not go into details about this fact so as not to confuse you. You really only need to know the basics about hormones so that you understand how natural treatment works.

Hormones have receptor sites scattered around the body. Oestrogen has about 300 of them. Receptor sites can be thought of like a puzzle and the hormone is the puzzle peice that has to fit perfectly in the receptor site.

When you reach Menopause, your oestrogen levels fall. When this happens you experience a set of symptoms that may include:

Hot flushes

Night sweats

Vaginal dryness

Mood swings

Anxiety and Depression

Lack of Menstruation

Painful Intercourse

Headaches

Progesterone is also starting to decline and can contribute to the symptoms above. However, when treating menopause, we often only think about replacing the oestrogen. Many forget the beneficial effects of progesterone. Oestrogen on its own can cause symptoms like those mentioned in PMS, some of them even similar to the symtoms of oestrogen deficiency. Natural progesterone has the ability to do the following things:

Natural Antidepressant

Natural Diuretic

Restores Libido

Protects against endometrial cancer

Improves energy, and stamina

Helps utilise fat for energy

So you can see that there is a need for balance between these two hormones, which also helps balance our testosterone levels which may contribute to things such as libido and facial hair.

Menopause can be a period of distress for some women, some women do not suffer at all. It doesn't have to be a time of stress and there are natrual treatments that do effectively work.

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Candida

Candida is an overgrowth of the fungus candida albicans in our body. It occurs naturally in our body but when there are factors that contribute to an imbalance of internal bacteria, then the candida production is increased and produces a host of symptoms.
Symptoms of Candida

~ general fatigue

~ bloating

~ altered bowel function, diarrhoea etc

~ intestinal cramps

~ rectal/vaginal itching

~ low immune function

~ irritability


The typical candida patient is usually female but men do suffer as well. A misconception is that candida can't be passed on through intimacy...it can. If a woman has vaginal candidasis then her sexual partner can then have genital candida.

Because this fungus occurs naturally in the body, candida can affect multiple areas of our body, these include:

Gastrintestinal system

Immune system

Endocrine system

Nervous system

This is why there are multiple symptoms in this disorder.

You may suffer from vaginal itching - rectal itching - depression - decreased resistence to colds and other infections. Diagnosis relies on symptoms, vaginal swab or stool culture.

Causes of Candida

There are many causes of candida, listed below are some:

Chemotherapy and other immune compromising treatments. These treatments make it hard for the body to fight off infection and invasion becasue they basically make our immune system dormant.

Antibiotics A course or two of antibiotics will kill off a bacterial infection but will also kill off our good bacteria in our body that we need for intestinal balance. This gives candida an opportunity to multiply.

Foods Certain foods containing yeast such as breads, can contribute to the overgrowth.

Sugar A diet high in sugar gives candida a perfect environment to thrive. Sugar is not limited to lollies either, it refers to simple carbohydrates and even fructose from fruit.

Predisposing Gastrointestinal problems Factors such as incomplete protein digestion can aide the absorption of candida through the intestinal wall. Intestinal permeability is discussed further in this section.
Liver function Impaired liver function will allow candidal overgrowth to pass through the liver without being detoxified. More information on liver function can be seen here.

PMS During PMS there is often a desire for sugary foods which will increase your chances of contracting candida. Get PMS under control and those chances will decrease. Click here to find out how to treat PMS

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)



For information on polycystic ovary syndrome please click here. This page will also let you know which natural medicines have been proven to help PCOS.

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