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Women’s Hormones  – Common Hormonal Imbalances

85% – 97% of women of  reproductive age experience menstrual and hormone disorders including PMS, endometriosis, fibroid’s, hot flushes and poly cystic ovaries.  As pain and hormonal symptoms are so common, many women suffer in silence; incorrectly assuming their mood swings, menstrual pain and cramping, or irregular cycles are a normal feature of menstruation. This is not the case and your monthly period should be a regular and relatively symptom-free process.

Cindi will work with you to identify underlying factors affecting your hormones, to help you find the right balance.

 

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Perhaps the most well-known complaint, PMS is used to describe several symptoms that collectively occur during the second half of the menstrual cycle and subside with the onset of the period or very soon afterwards.

The most common emotional or mood-related symptoms include;

  • irritability
  • anxiety
  • poor mood
  • weepiness

Common physical symptoms include:

  • bloating
  • breast tenderness
  • acne
  • food cravings
  • brain fog
  • sleep disturbances

Dysmenorrhea/Painful Periods

A common description of period pain is a continual dull ache or sense of heaviness with episodes of cramping pain.  The pain is usually central and located in the lower abdomen.  Period pain is classified into two types;

Primary dysmenorrhea – where there is period pain but the uterus itself is otherwise healthy and functioning normally.

Secondary dysmenorrhea – where the period pain is caused by an underlying condition, eg endometriosis.

 

Endometriosis

A condition in which endometrial tissue (the lining of the uterus) is found in sites outside the uterus, but typically within the abdomen.  Oestrogen stimulates the growth of endometrial tissue.  Every month, when oestrogen is produced endometrial tissue is stimulated, wherever it is located.  The can cause significant pain and inflammation, pelvic discomfort, painful intercourse, abnormal bleeding, PMS and in some cased may affect fertility.

 

Uterine Fibroids

Benign growths that may be asymptomatic, or may cause heavy periods, anaemia, frequent urination, constipation and pain.  Fibroids, like endometriosis have also been associcated with infertility.

 

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

A hormonal condition characterized by high levels of the hormone testosterone in a woman’s body.  Symptoms of PCOS include hirsutism (excessive growth of hair on a woman’s face and body), obesity, infertility and insulin resistance (blood glucose imbalances)

 

Perimenopause

Refers to the 2 to 12 year period prior to menopause occurring.  This is a time of fluctuating oestrogen levels, where your period begins to change, for example, your periods may become shorter or longer, heavier or lighter.  You will make more oestrogen than before and less and less progesterone. Though some women transition to menopause very smoothly, it is not uncommon for many women to experience a wide range of symptoms and menstrual disturbances during this time, including hot flushes, sleep disruption and night sweats.

Menopause

The normal range range for menopause is between 45 to 55 years of age, with the average being 50.  This is a time of low oestrogen when symptoms are likely to reduce.  You have officially entered menopause when you have not had a period for one year.

 

Natural Treatment Solutions for Female Reproductive Issues

Many women seek out natural solutions for the management of these and other hormonal imbalances, finding the approach of complementary medicine very effective.  Holistic treatment of female reproductive issues focuses on restoring balance to hormonal and reproductive systems, not only by addressing symptoms, but also by correcting underlying imbalance.  Different herbal and nutritional combinations are available to suit your individual symptom presentation.

 

For your personalised Hormone prescription book your appointment  with Cindi today.

 

Are you ready to start addressing your hormone balance? 

Start charting your menstrual cycle today. Bring your forms to your first appointment with Cindi.

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