Estrogen and Progesterone levels can and do change throughout life but especially during perimenopause and menopause and even in andropause for men. This is normal unless you are experiencing symptoms. Continual high stress will also have a negative impact on hormones.
Some women can even experience very uncomfortable symptoms for 10-15 years prior to menopause.
HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF ESTROGEN DOMINACE?
Here are 10 potential symptoms of estrogen dominance.
1. Abnormal periods
2. PMS, bloating, breast swelling or tenderness
3. Mood swings, anxiety, depression
4. Loss of sex drive
6. Weight gain especially in the abdomen / hip area
7. Poor concentration
8. Thyroid imbalances
9. Sleep disturbances
10. Hair Loss
These challenges can affect both women and men. So, what can you do about it?
DHEA, CORTISOL, and INSULIN. What part do they play?
These are hormones that respond to stress - physical, mental, or emotional.
DHEA ( Dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone found in the adrenal gland. It makes the male hormone which in turn makes the female hormone.
CORTISOL, also produced by the adrenal gland, is your primary stress hormone. It is considered your fight or flight hormone. You can make too much or have too little. Your body may have more of cortisol's metabolite, Cortisone, than cortisol.
> It increases sugar (glucose) in the bloodstream.
> It manages how your body uses carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It can affect WEIGHT GAIN.
> It plays a part in regulating blood pressure. It can be associated with HEART DISEASE.
> Cortisol influences your sleep/wake cycle.
> It can boost energy so you can handle stress and then balance you back to baseline after the stress happens.
> It works with certain parts of your brain to control your mood, motivation, fear, memory and concentration.