Despite the common and widespread jokes, menopause isn’t all that funny when you’re actually going through it.
Peri-menopause (the years before menopause begins) and menopause can lead to mood changes that keep you from feeling like yourself.
Newsflash: menopause doesn’t have to be a negative experience! There are solutions out there that can help you feel like yourself again. Let’s find out more!
First things first: menopause is normal. Yes, it can be inconvenient and challenging to experience, but it’s an expected phase of life. Most women can expect to reach menopause between ages 40 and 58. The average age of onset is 51.
So, what is menopause exactly?
As we age, our ovaries stop producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone.
The loss of these hormones means that a woman won’t ovulate (release eggs) anymore, and therefore, won’t have a period.
Technically, a woman is considered to have reached menopause only when her last period was at least 12 months in the past. In other words, menopause = period-free for at least a year. However, menopause doesn’t happen overnight.
The gradual decline in estrogen and progesterone levels happens over a transitional period called peri-menopause.
Peri-menopause can last from 4 to 10 years and can be plagued by symptoms like:
Physical symptoms are often accompanied by mood-related symptoms, such as mood swings, anxiety, depression, irritability, and inability to focus.
Many women might think they are “in menopause” because they have these symptoms. But unless you’ve been period-free for a full year, you’re more likely in peri-menopause.
A messenger (neurotransmitter) called serotonin is a key player in depression. Serotonin is commonly known as the “happiness” molecule. It helps regulate mood, emotion, and general feelings of positivity and well-being.
When serotonin levels are low, you may feel symptoms of depression. How is this relevant to our discussion of menopause and low estrogen levels?
Well, scientists have discovered that estrogen and serotonin are closely linked. Estrogen offers a supportive role in maintaining adequate serotonin levels. So, when estrogen levels decrease, serotonin levels also decrease.
What if there was a way to replace the hormones your body loses during peri-menopause? Well, there is, and it’s called hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
A recent study shows that HRT may actually help prevent depressive symptoms associated with menopause.
You might have heard of HRT before, but did you know there’s a better type of HRT called bio-identical HRT?
The Compounding Center is dedicated to providing customized, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) for our patients.
That’s why we’ve partnered with Jim Paoletti, a pharmacist and BHRT expert, to bring you a personalized BHRT program. Jim is an expert in aging, functional medicine, and BHRT. He brings 35 years of experience working with hormones.
Through the personalized BHRT program, Jim:
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