“Within 10 days I noticed results, it was really quick. My stress levels dropped, my anxiety dropped, my energy went up, my sleep was better. I would absolutely without a doubt recommend BHRT to perimenopausal women, and if you’re unsure how to go about it I’d recommend coming in to talk to Victoria.” Heather (current patient)
Menopause symptoms can be confusing
Hormonal imbalance causes peri-menopause and menopause symptoms
You can then experience wide-ranging symptoms from; fatigue and moodiness, to vaginal dryness and joint discomfort, to low libido and fuzzy thinking. You may just think these are signs of worsening PMS, but in fact it’s the start of your menopause transition.
Imbalances and fluctuations occur in many types of hormones.
Why I have an indepth understanding in treating menopause
The 15 most common symptoms of peri-menopause & menopause
2. Hot flushes and night sweats: Hot flushes can strike once a day, or up to 20 times or more, causing intense flush of heat along with increased heart rate, dizziness, headache and even claustrophobia or the feeling of being trapped. They can be debilitating, especially when they occur at night and cause sleeplessness.
3. Sleep difficulties: You may toss and turn restlessly as you try to sleep, or wake up regularly in the middle of the night. This insomnia is can be caused by a progesterone deficiency in peri-menopause or menopause.
4. Weight gain: Changes to your weight or body shape are another noticeable symptom. Shifting hormones tell your body to store fat in the abdominal area, even if you’ve never had a weight problem before. This menopause and peri-menopause weight gain can be difficult to lose even with diet and exercise.
5. Fatigue/loss of energy: Not getting enough sleep may make you feel tired, but exhaustion or crashing fatigue can occur even when you get a lot of rest, leaving you feeling physically and emotionally drained.
6. Forgetfulness or fuzzy thinking: One of the most alarming symptoms for many women is memory changes or fuzzy thinking and it’s extremely common.
7. Thinning hair or hair loss: Imbalances between estrogen and testosterone can cause thinning hair. Many women start to notice clumps of hair in their shower drains during menopause or perimenopause.
9. Low libido: While vaginal dryness can contribute to low libido, a drop in progesterone or a testosterone deficiency by itself can also leave you without a sex drive.
10. Joint discomfort /stiffness: Joint pain or stiffness in the back, knees or hips is an unexpected symptom that may be caused by fluctuating estrogen levels. Hard to believe, but true!
11. Food cravings: If you had cravings with PMS, you may notice they are getting worse. This can be due to your body’s increased needs for valuable micronutrients, or to the rollercoaster pattern of fatigue / carbohydrates / fatigue with hormonal imbalance affect on insulin.
12. Anxiety and/or sadness: Peri-menopause can raise your stress level, and can create hormonal imbalances that affect mood and emotional health. Stress hormones directly affect the production and balance of other hormones.
13. Irritability and/or moodiness: Feeling angry all the time and snapping at your friends and family doesn’t feel good for you or them. Outbursts and mood swings are some of the first signs many women notice in peri-menopause.
14. PMS-like symptoms: You may think stronger cramps, bloating, breast tenderness, headaches or mood swings are due to worsening PMS, but as symptoms get more frequent or severe, it’s often a sign of peri-menopause.
15. Feeling overwhelmed: Peri-menopause and menopause can compound existing stress levels causing your body to be overcome with too many demands. Under these conditions it’s likely you’ll feel overwhelmed mentally and find it difficult to deal effectively with anything.
What is BHRT?
Every woman needs hormones
Why do women feel isolated?
For years we have laughed about hot flushes, been embarrassed when we forgot things, had our wombs and ovaries removed and talked in hushed tones about “breakdowns". Now we are being told its OK; to wet yourself as you dance through the street in carnival leotard and Tena pants.; use a non-hormonal cream for vaginal dryness and continue to get urinary tract infections and painful sex; and take anti-depressants when you have no history of depression.
Taking back control?
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