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It's exhausting navigating this confusing area of women's health.  Women are often half way down the slippery slope of menopause before we even realize that's where we are heading. The difficulties we're having don't register in our minds as hormonal and we fear we may be facing serious medical concerns.  The head trip is frightening, the frustration exhausting, and the solution is often right where we are least likely to look. 

We make available: Home Test Kits to determine where you are hormonally; progesterone creams, herbal supplements, and vitamin/mineral supplements to help you through your transition; a personal story of support; lots of reference materials; and even some timely humor. You'll find helpful perimenopause information below and on the next page.

 

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     A personal story
Premenopause refers to the entirety of a woman's reproductive life -- from first menstruation to menopause.
Perimenopause, the state immediately prior to menopause (and sometimes lasting a number of years), is actually the transitional stage leading from our reproductive years to menopause, the time when our reproductive ability ceases.  this is the time when women are most likely to experience perceptible physical changes due to drops in hormone production.  The onset of perimenopause does not determine the age at which menopause will be reached.  the average age for the onset of perimenopause is 47, though it is not uncommon for the changes to begin as early as the late 30s.   It typically lasts around 4 years, though this time frame can vary greatly.

Signs
of Perimenopause:
Irregular periods
Reduced fertility
Night sweats
Hot flashes
Vaginal dryness and irritation
Urinary tract symptoms
Possible diminished mental acuity
Foggy thinking
Feeling down & depressed for no apparent reason
Sleepless nights
Memory loss

 

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause

The Estrogen Alternative
The Estrogen Alternative

"Women must accept the inevitability of menopause with only an approximate sense of its timing."

 

Menopause is simply the end of a woman's menstrual cycle and fertility.  The result of a gradual and natural transition in a woman's body that usually begins years before the final menstrual period, menopause is confirmed when a woman has had no periods for 12 months and when there are no other physical or psychological factors to account for their absence.  On average this occurs by the age of 51, but this can vary widely.   Doctors can perform a simple blood test that measures the levels of the hormone that stimulates estrogen secretion, the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), but often times this isn't enough to confirm a diagnosis of menopause.

Post-Menopause once menopause has occurred, a woman is post menopausal.

 

Keep the fealing alive!


Too few doctors order hormone tests for their female patients ~
       it may have something to do with managed care and keeping costs down
•  measures levels of Estradiol, Progesterone, and Testosterone
Balance must be maintained to assure:
 
a comfortable perimenopause & menopause
skin elasticity
healthy physical & emotional responses
healthy sleep patterns
lean body mass
healthy bone & muscle development
healthy sexual function & activity


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Estradiol, Progesterone and Testosterone levels exert  a strong influence over women's health.
Female Check by BodyBalance enables you to read your results and compare them to the general population. You can then work with your healthcare provider to develop an appropriate program to maintain and promote your well being.

 

Be resourceful ~
Unless you're very fortunate indeed, you'll need to rely on your own resourcefulness to find your way.  Too many doctors are ill equipped to handle what women are asking of them and too time-strapped to be woman's ultimate resource. 

Browse selected books  to learn of conditions now believed to be hormone related and easily managed.  Help is on the way! 

 
       Menopause cont.


 
It helps dilate blood vessels to carry more oxygen and help maintain a healthy cholesterol balance.
It helps maintain the structure of the vagina and prevent atrophy.
In the urinary tract it helps maintain the blood supply and prevent atrophy.
In the skeleton, it slows the rate of bone loss in the maturing body.
In the brain, it helps regulate the menstrual cycle and the body's thermostat.
It may even help the synapses in our brains to re-grow.

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The HRT Solution: Optimizing Your Hormone Potential

How estrogen travels throughout the body ~  

Estrogen is a hormone made primarily by the ovaries and used throughout the female body, including: the brain, blood vessels, reproductive organs, urinary tract and skeleton.  When the ovaries begin the slow down of estrogen production, women experience many seemingly unrelated symptoms of peri-menopause.
Cells in the hypothalamus (an area of the brain) periodically release a hormone called gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH), which travels to the pituitary gland where it causes two other hormones to be released: luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH).  LH and FSH travel through the bloodstream to the ovaries where they induce estrogen and progesterone production.  Estrogen and progesterone then act on the pituitary gland to decrease the release of LH and FSH except for a surge at mid-cycle.
Estrogen also works in the hypothalamus to help regulate body temperature.  When estrogen levels fall during menopause, other hormone levels rise.  The change often causes sensations that we refer to as hot flashes.
Estrogen very may well act in the brain to positively affect a woman's memory and mood, but the scientific evidence for this is still being debated.
In blood vessels, estrogen helps arteries and veins to dilate, which allows more blood and oxygen to flow to the skin. Fluctuations in estrogen production can destabilize this blood flow, also affecting hot flashes and often disrupting deep sleep.
Estrogen also acts to prevent fatty deposits from building up on the walls of blood vessels. Many researchers believe that this action is mainly responsible for estrogen's protection against heart disease.  Estrogen appears to help maintain a healthy cholesterol balance and help to protect against heart disease.  Low estrogen levels in postmenopausal women may cause an increase in LDL ("bad") cholesterol, while decreasing HDL ("good") cholesterol.
Estrogen plays a vital role in the reproductive organs.   With decreased estrogen, tissue in the bladder, uterus, and vagina becomes less elastic, thinner and drier.  A dry and thin vaginal lining can cause: itching and discomfort and uncomfortable or painful sexual intercourse.  A thinner & less elastic bladder can cause occasional urinary loss.
In the skeleton, estrogen prevents bone loss and decay. Bones continuously add new bone tissue to themselves while absorbing the old.   Estrogen acts on bones to slow absorption.  Some evidence suggests that estrogen might also be responsible for converting vitamin D into its usable form, which helps the body absorb calcium. Declining estrogen levels, more than a woman's chronological age, lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis.


It's not unusual for women's libido to decline somewhat noticeably at menopause.  Although hormone replacement therapy (estrogen or estrogen with progesterone) helps some women, others seem to respond only when testosterone is added.   The potential unpleasant side effects of long term testosterone use, however, preclude many women from going this route. 
Good news from the Netherlands!  A study corroborated the hypothesis of researchers, that testosterone treatment can increase sexual responsiveness in a time-dependent fashion.  They demonstrated that women need not take testosterone every day, but rather may be able to take a pill just hours before needed.  The formulation of testosterone used in this research isn't yet available in the U.S., but stay tuned!
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 The Hormone of Desire : The Truth About Testosterone, Sexuality, and Menopause    by Susan Rako, M.D.



 

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Are there any vitamins to prevent hair loss?
If you are losing hair, you first need to make sure your thyroid is normal. Thinning hair is just one of the many symptoms that may suggest a low or hypo-thyroid condition -- prevalent in women going through mid-life hormonal changes.  See your doctor about this. If thyroid function is normal, and you are not taking any prescription medications that could cause hair loss, you might like to try one of the herbal formula's available.   Nature's Way "Hair And Skin"icon  Nature's way with MSM & Glucosamine contains many synergistic nutrients, especially very important biotin. You should also make sure you are using a good shampoo, such as Jason's Jojoba Shampooicon  and conditionericon . Jason also makes Thin-To-Thick Hair & Scalp Therapyicon , which is designed to promote improved health of the hair follicles.


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If sneezing, laughing, coughing or exercise cause you to "spritz" a little urine, you're certainly not alone. It's such a prevalent problem for women that it is likely to be taken for granted. Doctors term this stress incontinence and believe it likely develops from any of the following: the weakening of the muscles in the pelvic area due to childbearing (which causes the bladder to drop from its normal position), abdominal surgery, urinary or kidney infections, use of certain drugs, or changes associated with lack of estrogen as a result of menopause.  The PC Muscle is the biggest culprit &    .....cont.  

 



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