Transitioning through peri-menopauseThe peri-menopause phase, which may last for a number of years, eventually transitions into menopause. This transition can begin for a woman in her late 30’s or early 40’s. Exposure to ‘endocrine disrupters’ that mimic the activity of oestrogen in food and water or in the environment, favour an imbalance between oestrogen and progesterone, adding more fuel to the fire. Oestrogen dominance over time is potentially dangerous and can occur when there is:
- an imbalance between oestrogen and progesterone
- too much oestrogen, including the type of oestrogen produced
- excess oestrogen not being detoxified effectively through the liver
Peri-menopause symptomsPerimenopause symptoms related to oestrogen dominance can be felt physically, mentally and emotionally. The number, frequency and severity of symptoms will be different for each woman, and for every oestrogen dominant symptom, there is a balancing and normalising progesterone effect:
|Symptoms of oestrogen dominance||Balancing effects of progesterone|
|Weight gain & increased body fat||Burns fat to produce energy so helps reduce weight & fat stores|
|Impaired blood sugar control & disturbances||Normalises blood sugar control|
|Interferes with normal thyroid function||Assists healthy thyroid hormone function|
|Accelerates growth of cells in uterine lining (endometriosis, fibroids)||Maintains normal healthy uterine lining|
|Increases breast stimulation (fibrocystic or painful breasts)||Protects against fibrocystic & painful breasts|
|Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) syndrome||Helps reduce oestrogen dominance|
|Decreases sex drive||Increases sex drive|
|Increased blood clotting (painful, heavy periods)||Normalises blood clotting|
|Increased risk of hormonal cancers||Reduces risk of hormonal cancers|
|Fluid retention||Natural diuretic|
|Hot flushes & night sweats in perimenopause||Reduces impact of menopausal symptoms|
Top 6 herbs and nutrients for peri-menopause symptoms
- Broccoli sprouts promote healthy oestrogen metabolism and support liver detoxification pathways.
- Rosemary leaf is a potent antioxidant that improves liver detoxification for enhanced oestrogen metabolism.
- Mary’s thistle supports liver function generally and for healthy hormone production and detoxification.
- Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that protects the body from dangerous oestrogen metabolites and assists healthy detoxification. Inflammation is a key factor in promoting increased oestrogen levels.
- Quercetin competes with oestrogen for receptor sites, helping to reduce oestrogen dominance by preventing oestrogen production in other areas of your body.
- Vitex provides progestogenic activity to help support healthy hormone balance.