If you are one of my sisters in menopause, you may be old enough to remember a movie called “Fried Green Tomatoes.” The movie is set in the South and centers around a middle-aged housewife who is dissatisfied with her life, becomes depressed, and can no longer interest her husband romantically. He has become a couch potato and his only interest is his football game and how much better her fried chicken has become over the years. Wrapping herself nude in saran wrap topped with a red bow brought no response, and an experience in the parking lot at the local grocery when two sassy young things grabbed her parking space as she was moving into it brought her to tears. In desperation, she joins a women’s awareness group that involved renewing her awareness of the female vagina. One of the exercises was to take a mirror and view one’s own vagina as they sat in a circle fully dressed. That did not help.
While on a visit to a nursing home to visit a relative, she has the occasion to meet a charming elderly woman. They become fast friends and as she expressed her concerns to the wonderful actress, Jessica Tandy, she heard the words that changed her life. “Honey, you need haw-mones.” Evidently, she took her advice because life began to change dramatically for this woman.
Next, we see her decked out in colorful sweats getting ready to go to the gym, giving Mary Kay parties, serving her husband vegetables and tofu, jumping on the trampoline and, oh yes, going back to the grocery store parking lot. It so happens the same sassy little girls take her parking spot again. This time, however, despite their protests, she gives their bumper a day to remember, and laughs as hard as she can. Revenge is sweet! Though this reaction is a little extreme, she is demonstrating that she is again empowered to go toe to toe with life, making menopause a rich and rewarding experience to look forward to.
For many women who address their hormone issues properly, changes can be this dramatic! How many women do you know that get a restful night’s sleep after 50? Along with balancing hormones, one also has to address diet and exercise to receive the greatest benefits. Fruits, vegetables, a good multi, exercise, and doing things to make yourself happy instead of everyone else is a start. The primary reason for the imbalance is the rate that the hormones drop although there are a number of other causes. Estrogen drops 40-60% while Progesterone plummets to 25%. In fact, in perimenopause, estrogen can actually increase as it fluctuates making hormone balance a challenge between 30 and 50. Below is a list of symptoms and causes of hormone imbalance!
Symptoms of Progesterone Deficiency
Allergies, including asthma, hives, rashes, sinus congestion, autoimmune disorders such as lupus erythematosus and thyroiditis, and possibly Sjogren’s disease, breast cancer, cervical dysplasia, cold hands and feet as a symptom of thyroid dysfunction, breast tenderness, breast cancer, decreased sex drive, copper excess, fat gain, especially around the abdomen, hips and thighs, fibrocystic breasts, foggy thinking, dry eyes, early onset of menstruation, depression with anxiety or agitation, endometrial cancer, fatigue, foggy thinking, gallbladder disease, headaches, hair loss, infertility, insomnia, irritability, fibrocystic breasts, hypoglycemia, infertility, magnesium deficiency, osteoporosis, memory loss, polycystic ovaries, increased blood clotting, risk of strokes, sluggish metabolism, mood swings, uterine fibroids, premenopausal bone loss, water retention, bloating, zinc deficiency, uterine cancer, irregular menstrual periods and heavy bleeding.
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