“I am confused on Perimenopause and Postmenopause.”
Moxie: Perimenopause happens at any age when estrogen gets too low, for most women, it’s in their late 30s to late 40s. It’s more severe for women who wait until their mid 30s and beyond to have children. Think of perimenopause as puberty in reverse, and the older you get, the more rapid the decline of estrogen. Your estrogen levels dictate whether you’re in a state of reproduction or postproduction with a transitional period in between called perimenopause, otherwise known as the climacteric. The climacteric is all the horrible mental and physical deteriorations that happen in our brain and body as they decay. The lower estrogen gets, the worse the mental and physical symptoms. Keep estrogen in a state of reproduction with estrogen levels maintained in the 300-700 range, none of the decline and deterioration happen in the brain and body. PMS, perimenopause, and menopause all stem from the same thing, estrogen deficiency, the name just gets changed for according to age. Perimenopause and menopause can be avoided altogether if you keep your estrogen sound.
“I understand Peri..as I have been going thru this for years and it seems symptoms are getting more intense the closer i get to stopping my cycle.”
Moxie: This is because your estrogen is getting lower and lower. It will continue to decline unless you can get your estrogen levels higher or supplement estrogen.
“Which I am understanding my body is going thur a lot of hormone changes.”
Moxie: Not only changes, but the tank is draining dry. The dryer your tank gets, the worse the symptoms of anxiety, mood swings, inability to cope, debilitating periods with clotting or lasting forever or not at all, migraines, depression, and thousands of other things we’re told are idiopathic and to live with it then given drugs to shut us up.
“But, after that year (of having no period) and I am done.?”
Moxie: This is just the beginning of the end. Your brain and body now have no function with regards to reproduce so it will now go into a living decaying state until you die. Low estrogen levels tell your brain and body that it’s time to throw in the towel and will decline until the lights go out. This mental and physical declining has some extremely miserable symptoms as we lose our minds and our bodies fall apart. This doesn’t just happen to old women; it happens to any woman whose estrogen remains suboptimal, under 300.
“I was thinking that was it, and life is back to normal?!”
Moxie: Your life will never be the same. Your libido will go, your ability to handle stress will diminish as will your self confidence and self esteem, your joints will hurts and muscles will ache. You’ll lose the ability to make cognitive decisions and making emotional connections with people will be difficult. You won’t sleep, your heart will pound out of your chest, you’ll get fat, your skin will shed like a snake, your hair will fall out and fingernails shred, you’ll yell at little kids for existing, you get anxiety and become more isolated. Nothing will make you happy, not a trip, a new pair of shoes, a new house or job or divorce. No woman is happy without estrogen. Estrogen is the peace and contentment hormone that affects every function in the brain and body right down to the core of every cell. How can you expect to feel and be “normal” when the very thing that makes us feel alive or dead is missing?
“My Mom said a few things..but nothing major”
Moxie: Your mother forgot what it’s like to be alive. Most menopausal women are only shells of who they used to be. Ask your mom what she was like in her mid twenties and ask her how she’s different now. The only difference between a 25 year old and a 55 year old is the level of hormones a woman has.
“When I read everything here..you still have hot flashes, anxiety, ect? and still need hormones?”
Moxie: Women who have hot flashes have low estrogen. Women on hormones who have hot flashes are taking too low of a dose of estrogen. Hot flashes are an indicator of low estrogen levels. Women who maintain their estrogen in the 300-700 range, never have a hot flash. Anxiety is an estrogen deficiency disease and goes away once estrogen is sound.
“I really have been trying to listen to my body and be gentle and make changes to help it.”
Moxie: You’re doing the right thing by listening to your body. The problem is, no one has any answers for you who know what’s really going on. Doctors are intentionally left in the dark about hormone restoration because many diseases, disorders, and conditions go away or get significantly better once estrogen is restored to healthy levels again.
“I do get anxiety right after my period.sad and I get angry”
Moxie: This happens because your estrogen has been too low for a couple of weeks. You should be feeling better the next week as your estrogen will peak on Day 12 of your cycle so Day 12-14 should be your best days of the month then your estrogen will go back into a decline. If estrogen is generally to low, these hormone tides will wreak havoc on your mind and body.
“I track my times and syptoms (on phone..its called period tracker on Iphone) and that helps me.
Moxie: Good to keep track on a tracker. Now pay attention to Days 12-14 of your cycle when estrogen is at its peak; your skin will be clearer and glow, your personality will shine, you’ll be in the best mood all month, your hair will be manageable, your gums won’t bleed (unless you have perio), you won’t have mood swings, you’ll be in a more problem solving mode instead of doom and gloom, you’ll have the most self confidence and no anxiety. These couple of good days women have in the month they live for, are the days when estrogen is highest. You can see for yourself how your brain and body feels when you have enough estrogen.
“I also get achey at night..those are my pains right now..but try to eat better..etc..”
Moxie: Estrogen levels dictate “fibromyalgia” symptoms. The lower estrogen gets, the more achy and painful the body gets. The most painful days will be the days when your estrogen is the lowest.