15 Perimenopause Signs No One Tells You

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The North American Menopause Society posted an article that was in Reader’s Digest on Facebook entitled 15 Signs No One Tells You Come Before Menopause. The Reader’s Digest article is written by Susan Jara quotes Ellen Dolgen as a menopause expert as to these “15 Signs” but falls short of really helping women how to address these issues. It’s articles like this that makes women think they have to suffer through perimenopause and menopause when in reality they do not.

1.  Breast Tenderness –Ellen Dolgen says it’s impossible to know when your breasts are going to begin throbbing and says that breasts will feel more lumpy but offers no real solution.  There are several reasons women get breast tenderness in perimenopause but the main reason is because they’re estrogen dominant. Estrogen dominance is an estrogen deficiency disease. I explain this in greater detail in my post “Estrogen Dominance or Deficient?”. Diet, medications, and low estrogen cause boobs to hurt and throb. When estrogen gets too low and a woman eats a high carb and sugar diet, normal estrogen will not detoxify properly out of the body and will store in fat. Sore boobs are brought on by low estrogen causing an estrogen dominance effect. Keeping estrogen in healthy reproductive ranges will eliminate sore and throbbing boobs and many other perimenopause signs. Lumpy boobs happen to women whose estrogen has fallen too low. The lower estrogen gets, the more lumpy and ropy breast tissue will be. To never have lumpy, ropey boobs again, keep estrogen in healthy reproductive ranges. In the long run, estrogen deficiency contributes to breast tenderness because there isn’t sufficient estrogen to induce the progesterone receptors. Without adequate progesterone receptor up-regulation, the progesterone isn’t able to down regulate the estrogen receptor therefore calming the proliferative effect of estrogen on the breast tissue. If you pay attention, your boobs will cycle right along with your menstrual cycle.

2.  Unexpected Bruising–Most people don’t expect to bruise but as we age, bruises come up all over our body when it doesn’t make sense. This article states that because women become clumsier in perimenopause, which leads to the increased bruising, and that fluctuating hormones makes skin thinner causing you to bruise easier. It’s not clumsiness that causes perimenopausal women to bruise easier, nor because our skin is thinner due to fluctuating hormones. Women bruise easier without trauma in perimenopause because their estrogen is dropping too low, and/or anemia (brought on by estrogen deficiency). Hormones aren’t fluctuating, they’re declining and when our bodies run out of the very juice that tells our brains we’re alive and well, then our body responds. One of the ways we respond is by our body’s inability to absorb nutrients from our food and supplements. One of the main nutrients our body loses when we lose estrogen is Vitamin K. Vitamin K is critical in our body’s ability to prevent bruising, and if a woman has a toxic gut, on medications or low in estrogen, she will bruise easily no matter how old she is.

3.  Dry Eyes–Dolgen got this right about declining hormones but didn’t offer a real solution to fix the problem. Dry eyes, like everything else in the female body will dry up when estrogen levels decline, as well as the ocular tissues. All tissues in the female body are designed to shrivel up and deteriorated as estrogen tanks. The lower estrogen gets, the more “raisin-like” we get from head to toe, in our brain and body. The best way to prevent or completely eliminate altogether is get your estrogen levels back into healthy reproductive ranges again. Women with healthy levels of estrogen do not have dry eyes. Dry eyes need not be one of the 15  perimenopause signs.

4. Chin Hair–Dolgen and the Northern Menopause Society says chin hair is an all-too-common symptom of perimenopause but offers no solution for increased facial hair and hair loss on our head. No matter how old a woman is, if her estrogen is too low, she will lose her hair. The longer she goes without estrogen will cause an increase of coarse facial hair on the chin and upper lip and a peach fuzz blanket on the sides of the face an jaw. This does not happen to women who maintain healthy levels of estrogen.

5. Heart Palpitations–This article says the studies show epinephrine and norepinephrine fluctuate causing heart palpitations in menopausal women which is the cause of heart palpitations. Clinically speaking, when working in a menopause and hormone clinic, I had the chance to witness hundreds of patients’ bodies and brains transform as they got hormone levels back to healthy ranges. One of the most common things women complained about coming in with low estrogen is heart palpitations and it’s one the most reversible symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. When we lose our estrogen, our tissues begin to shrivel up including muscles such as the heart. The walls and strength of the heart is compromised as estrogen declines. When estrogen is restored, the tissues rebuild and become strong again. Outside the brain, it is the heart that benefits the most from adequate levels of estrogen. Outside the brain, it is the heart that is the most compromised as estrogen declines. This deterioration process can be avoided completely is estrogen remains sound.

6. Urinary Leakage— Lower estrogen levels cause the lining of the urethra to thin, says JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD, executive director of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). This is where there is a disconnect in modern medicine and estrogen deficiency diseases. We can find experts that tell us what causes the problem but they don’t offer any real solutions like don’t let your estrogen fall too low, or let’s restore your estrogen back to healthy levels to fix the problem altogether. When estrogen declines, all tissues in the body are designed to deteriorate and decay. Estrogen levels tell our brains and bodies where we are in our lifespan. When estrogen is low, no matter how old we are, our brains and bodies will decline. If estrogen remains in a healthy range, this declining does not take place like it would without estrogen. The best way to keep from peeing your pants when you laugh is keep estrogen in healthy reproductive ranges. You can get significant improvement or an elimination of urinary incontinence if you get your estrogen back.

7. Dry Skin— Less estrogen equals acne and dry and thinning skin for many women in entering menopause, which Dr. Pinkerton likens to “reverse puberty.” It’s also common to experience flare-ups or new cases of allergies and eczema during this time, adds Dolgen, whose swears by coconut oil for softer skin and smaller pores. While Ellen Dolgen swears by coconut oil, I swear by estrogen restoration. When estrogen declines in women, so does the moisture throughout our entire body, eyes, vagina, mouth, joints, poop, skin, hair, etc. No matter how much water you consume estrogen levels decide how much water our body will utilize and keep throughout. Some patients after getting healthy levels of estrogen no longer use lotion or other lubricants to rehydrate the skin because it’s no longer necessary. Low estrogen also contributes to low secondary hormones like thyroid. When estrogen and thyroid are low in women, it’s guaranteed moisture in the body is low. Allergies, eczema and psoriasis are also estrogen deficiency issues that do not exist when the toxic gut is cleaned and estrogen is restored.

8. Body Odor–This article states, “A drop in estrogen levels tricks your hypothalamus gland into thinking you’re overheated, signaling your body to sweat more.” This isn’t the case. It’s not sweat that makes you stink, it’s the lack of estrogen, circulation, and water that causes us to stink. Detoxifying our body and gut and restoring estrogen cleanses the odor our body produces. The lower estrogen gets, the worse women stink. The same holds true for men and declining testosterone levels. Our sense of smell also changes when estrogen declines. Old women smell like decaying flesh the older they get. This is an actual scent of the living decaying the physical body has when estrogen is low. If you gave an old aging woman estrogen, her body scent would change to less a decaying smelling odor and more sweet to our olfactory glands.

9. Migraines— Migraines may start for the first time, or worsen, when you start going through menopause because of new hormonal fluctuations, says Dr. Pinkerton.  Migraines only happen to women whose estrogen is too low. Women with healthy levels of estrogen do not get migraines no matter how old she is.

10. Vaginal Dryness— Sex-stifling vaginal dryness was one of the most difficult symptoms for Dolgen. “Your vagina takes a trip to the desert and takes your eyes and skin along with it,” she says. Lower estrogen levels cause thinner, drier and less-elastic vaginal tissue and decrease blood flow to the area. The result: vaginal dryness, itching, and painful sex. I recommend to never let your estrogen fall in the first place so this deterioration and dryness never happens. The walls of the vagina will not thin and be lubed up and receptive to sexual stimuli as well. Healthy estrogen levels allow a woman to respond to pheromonal messages stimulating a clitoral lubricating response in the vagina.

11. Hot Flashes–This article states that low estrogen levels contribute to hot flashes but offers no solutions as to how to keep estrogen levels up to prevent this in the first place. I discuss the Anatomy of Hot Flashes in an article I posted earlier. No woman needs to ever have a hot flash and every woman is susceptible no matter how old she is if her estrogen drops too low.

12. Weight Shifts–Though this article quotes Ellen Dolgen saying “A woman’s weight throughout her menopausal journey is impacted by five factors: hormones, diet, exercise, stress, and genetics”, she fails to tell women what those hormones levels should look like and missing a critical component of sleep that will dictate fat gain or loss. The reality is that it’s estrogen levels that dictate our shoulder-waist-hip ratio. Everyone knows the best way to fatten a sow is to take away her ovaries. A woman can exercise, eat healthy, and have good genes but if estrogen is in the tank, a perimenopausal woman will get fat and won’t be able to get rid of it as long as her estrogen is in the tank. That’s why it’s easier for younger women to lose weight than an older woman, assuming the younger woman is estrogen sound.

13. Irregular Periods–This article states that irregular periods are a nuisance but offers no solutions to work with. The truth is, no matter how old a post-menarche woman is, when her estrogen is low, she will have irregular periods. Irregular periods are a result of low estrogen levels and can be fixed if estrogen were properly dosed. No woman ever need to go into menopause at all if estrogen is kept at healthy reproductive levels.

14. Bone Loss— The less estrogen your ovaries produce, the more bone loss may accelerate. This can put you at a greater risk for osteoporosis, or bone thinning, which increases your risk of fracture. “You can lose up to 20 percent of your bones during the first five years of menopause,” Dr. Pinkerton says in this article. What Dr. Pinkerton doesn’t say is its estrogen that decides bone density and osteoporosis in women and can be reversed or prevented if estrogen were maintained at healthy reproductive levels.

15. Fuzzy Thinking–Like most of the 15 Signs in this article, cognition issues are a direct result of estrogen deficiency. Estrogen deficiency has the greatest impact on the female brain than anything else. Women without estrogen have a difficult time with cognition, memory, and “pulling up information” out of their head when estrogen is too low. The more estrogen declines, the worse it gets. This also greatly impacts a woman’s ability to cope and handle the things that come her way.

Every one of these 15 Body Signs No One Tells You Will Come Before Menopause is a direct result of estrogen deficiency. That’s what Susan Jara should’ve written, The 15 Things That Happen To Women When Their Estrogen Falls Too Low. If she had all the right information, she may have.

 

Coping with Perimenopause

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Coping with perimenopause isn’t something women should have to do. Perimenopause is a state of ovarian dysfunction and can happen to any post-menarche woman no matter her age. Perimenopause isn’t something you have to “cope with” any more than you have to cope with PMS or PMDD. Perimenopause is brought on when estrogen gets too low and when it gets low enough, our periods stop because we’re out of “juice” that tells our brains our reproductive days are over. When this happens, our brains and bodies fall apart over a period of time. What is not being told is PMS, perimenopause, and menopause are all brought on by estrogen levels dropping too low and we don’t have to deal or cope with any of these conditions if we maintain healthy estrogen levels.

Women with adequate levels of estrogen never get perimenopause, PMS, or need go into menopause at all. The article, Ways to cope with the effects of perimenopause by Ellen Higgins, a certified nurse practitioner with New York-Presbyterian Medical Group/Hudson Valley in Cortland Manor states perimenopause begins when the ovaries start running out of eggs, causing fewer hormones and irregular periods. The truth is, it’s the decline of estrogen that triggers perimenopause and could happen to any woman whether she has eggs or not. She goes on to list the many symptoms brought on by declining estrogen but never suggests restoring the hormones back to healthy reproductive levels again. The mindset is to acknowledge that because of low estrogen we have these issues, but never suggesting to restore hormones to get rid of the side effects of our ovarian dysfunction.

In Ellen Higgins’ article, she gives four coping strategies I’d like to address:

1.  Knowledge is power: She suggests for women to gain knowledge as to how to cope with the changes. I suggest knowledge is power to understand what options you have to restore your estrogen to healthy levels again so you never have to deal with any estrogen deficiency issues again.

2.  Exercise builds strength: She suggests working out to prevent weight gain and retain muscle mass. What she isn’t taking into consideration is women with low estrogen have no energy to exercise, and it isn’t the lack of exercise that causes muscle atrophy, it’s low estrogen. I highly recommend exercising because it increases blood flow to the ovaries allowing them to produce more estrogen. As estrogen increases, so does the woman’s energy, stamina, and motivation. Estrogen ultimately decides muscle tone through the body including the heart.

3.  Balanced diet promotes good health: She suggests eating lean meats and low-fat dairy. This is the worst thing to recommend to any woman. Estrogen and ovarian function work best with good animal fats in nutrient dense food and full-fat, raw dairy. The less good fat women eat, the more her body will hold onto fat. The best way to fatten an animal or human is take away their main-sex hormones. She also suggests sugar should be used sparingly as I agree but most women have sugar addictions when estrogen gets too low. Sugar cravings are strong when estrogen gets too low so to address the sugar addiction issues, restore estrogen to healthy levels and sugar addiction completely goes away or reduces significantly.

4.  Hormone replacement therapy for more serious conditions: Ellen suggests HRT for more severe symptoms and recommends talking with your doctor to determine if you’re a candidate for it. I suggest to do all you can to optimize ovarian function through diet and lifestyle to see if you can get your body to produce healthy levels of estrogen again. If you cannot produce adequate levels of estrogen, then find a doctor who is properly trained in hormone restoration therapy. Most women need extraneous hormone supplementation. Your general practitioner or gynecologist did not get training in med school so make sure you find someone who has sought formal HRT education and training. There’s a difference between hormone restoration therapy and hormone replacement therapy. Hormone restoration therapy restores hormones to levels that tell the brain and body that they’re still in a state of reproduction. Doing this keeps the brain and body from declining. Hormone replacement therapy does not restore hormones to healthy levels but rather minimizes the symptoms of inadequate levels of estrogen.

Women shouldn’t be coping with perimenopause.  Perimenopause is nothing but a side effect of ovarian dysfunction and can be completely eliminated and/or prevented. The biggest challenge women face is finding a properly trained HRT doctor who isn’t afraid of estrogen.  If you’re coping with perimenopause, you don’t have to.

 

Misleading HRT Study

Screen Shot 2016-08-27 at 9.07.59 AMAnother misleading HRT study by The Pharmaceutical Journal about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) causing cancer. The only time estrogen causes cancer is when it’s kept too low. The problem with studies, articles, and reports like this one, is they throw all HRT in the same basket as if it’s all the same, and they do not conduct studies on the correct demographic of women. After reading the actual study, I failed to see where it was hormones that caused the cancer. When reading studies such as the one mentioned here, there are some things to take into consideration before coming to a conclusion as to whether the study is accurate: 

  1. What kind of hormones are they using? Not all HRT is the same. Hormone medicine has progressed over the last ten years especially with bioidentical hormones. There are four generations of HRT with the fifth generation under construction. Using first and second-generation hormones in a study is ridiculous and outdated. Bioidentical hormones are not the same as synthetic hormones.
  1. How are the hormones dosed? If the hormones given to patients are too low, then you’ll get nothing but a mess of problems. Merely treating the symptoms of hormone deficiency is not the same as truly dosing hormones to fix the problem of the deficiency, not just masking the symptoms of the deficiency. Hormones dosed to patients need to be high enough to trigger a receptor response. If this isn’t done, the patient will not be able to receive, utilize, and detoxify the hormones appropriately so the hormones get stored in the body creating problems. True hormone restoration involves restoring hormones back to healthy reproductive levels and you cannot do that with low dosing. Keeping hormones too low is a death sentence.
  1. In what manner are the hormones being dosed? Giving patients hormones in a static manner, especially low dosed estrogen eventually stops working after a short period of time because the dose is too low to trigger a receptor response for the hormones to work. Taking the same dose everyday does not mimic the natural physiology of a woman’s hormone tide-like cycle. It’s like being noseblind and the body won’t recognize them. Women (or men) do not produce hormones at the same amounts everyday. Estrogen has two peaks in a 28-day cycle with a high peak at Day 12 and another luteal not so high peak around Day 21. Dosing hormones in the natural physiologic rhythm of the male or female body allows for the production of receptors further allowing the body to properly receive, utilize, and detoxify hormones.
  1. How long has the patient been hormonally deficient? It’s impossible to resurrect the dead. The longer a patient has been hormonally deficient will determine how effective the hormone replacement will be. Using post menopausal women in a study where they’ve been so deficient for so long, already at significant risk for many deteriorating diseases, no amount of hormones can reverse or fix that. Estrogen decides how women feel mentally and physically and when women have been deficient for a while, they’re at increased risk of the degenerative diseases of aging. If you can catch women before they have one foot in the grave will keep women from going into menopause in the first place. The best time to address hormonal deficiencies is not after a woman has turned into a raisin, but when the decline begins, and that could be at any post menarche age. Many things cause estrogen to decline and most women have never had adequate amounts of estrogen due to many factors like birth control pills, medications, diet, lack of sleep when the sun is down, lack of physical movement, toxic exposure, etc. The birth control pill puts a woman in immediate chemical menopause. Take a moment to read the package insert of the birth control pill and read the warnings and side effects. You will read all the miserable things menopausal women experience because without estrogen, no matter how old a woman is, she will mentally feel like she’s going crazy and her physical body will fail. It’s a long, drawn out miserable living death. After a woman is finished having children is the best time to consider replacing hormones back to healthy levels to keep her brain and body from falling apart to begin with.
  1. What are the lifestyle factors involved? It’s never just about replacing hormones and calling it good. If a patient has a crappy diet, doesn’t sleep, taking a lot of meds, or doesn’t get physical activity in the sunshine and fresh air, they will never get the full benefits of the hormones. Taking hormones without addressing the other 15 Essential Elements of advanced hormone restoration will result in mediocre results. Patients feel better with HRT alone but the hormones work at an echelon level with combined with the right diet and lifestyle. What one puts in their body and how they live their life will determine the efficacy of the hormones. Hormone, only work well if taken in conjunction with a nutrient dense, whole foods, raw dairy diet, daily physical activity, and sleeping sound when the sun is down.

Most studies about HRT are misleading and keep women from seeking help. As long as our medical industry treats hormones, especially estrogen, as the enemy, women will feel like the walking dead. The biggest problem women face with HRT today is finding doctors who aren’t afraid of estrogen and who’re educated and trained in proper hormone restoration.

 

What Hormone Labs Do I Take?

 Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 2.41.10 PMI get a lot of questions about which hormone labs should they be taking, or which hormone labs they should ask their doctor to order.  The following is a recent message I received about hormone labs and other good questions.  I appreciate you all that send in good questions because so many others want to know as well.  I will always remove your name to protect your privacy.

“Tell me about what to ask my lady doctor I need specifically to test for so I can get my hormones in working condition?”

Moxie: First find out what she recommends for treatment of your miserable symptoms and ask “why” questions. It’s important you know what’s going on with your body because nobody cares about how you really feel but you no matter how “nice” your doctor is, so that means you have to be the driver of your own bus.   Educate yourself then ask why she/he is recommending the treatment they do, ask where they got their hormone specialty training (they don’t teach hormone replacement therapy in med school), ask what success they’ve had with this HRT treatment, and whatever else you want to know. Make sure your practitioner isn’t afraid of estrogen and warns you against it, and doesn’t dose too low. Most doctors who try to balance hormones that have no education or training, or went to the A4M, will dose your hormones too low, and not the right way. If your doctor is of this mindset and you take the hormones, you will feel good for a little bit, but they will stop working because the dose they prescribed doesn’t trigger a receptor response therefore most patients will respond with an estrogen dominance effect.

I don’t know what your doctor will do with regards to labs but the initial lab panel for female and MTF patients who are considering the Panacea Protocol, we take these labs:

  • Estradiol
  • FSH
  • Progesterone
  • LH
  • TSH
  • Total testosterone
  • Free testosterone
  • % of free testosterone
  • Bioavailable testosterone
  • SHBG
  • IGF-1 (if indicated)

You should already have had a female physical and other general labs to make sure you’re a medical candidate for advanced hormone replacement therapy. Not all patients are the same and depending on what you’re coming to the table with regarding past medical issues and other factors, will determine the clinical efficacy of your HRT.

If your doctor doesn’t know what initial hormone lab panel to take, then end your appointment and go to someone who will tell you what needs to be done because they have the knowledge experience. It’s not easy finding a doctor who isn’t afraid of estrogen who properly knows how to prescribe it. This is the biggest challenge physicians face so it becomes a challenge to find a doctor who’s “figured” it out.

“Should I beware of getting the wrong direction from her, an internal medicine specialist.”

Moxie: Most certainly. Med school teaches doctors how to treat and manage endocrine dysfunction issues with prescriptions, surgeries, or treatments but are not taught how to fix it altogether by restoring falling hormones back to healthy levels. If you had a heart attack, would you see a Chiropractor for heart surgery? They do not teach hormone replacement therapy in medical school. There are only a few institutions that educate about 2nd generation hormone therapy but it’s an old school mentality, in addition to offering no clinical instruction. Doctors are taught to keep the hormones low for the shortest amount of time but no one will tell you what that is exactly. We are already working on a 5th generation that address the progesterone lethargy and the thyroid/estrogen relationship, so most doctors who have some outside training are still misinformed.

“I have many upcoming appointments with specialists for…”

Moxie: Based on all the medical challenges you expressed of which I omitted from this post for your privacy, you have some things to take care of before really considering high dose 4th, or 5th generation hormone restoration therapies, the ones that restore hormones to healthy levels the right way. With all the medical issues you’re about to address, it will create havoc on your endocrine system and stress tolerance. It’s typically not recommend to start a good hormone protocol while under great stress, good or bad because cortisol being the trump hormone takes over the system in a way that no matter what hormones you’re taking, your body will have a difficult time accessing, utilizing, and detoxifying them in an appropriate manner, so most patients will get no positive effects of the hormones. After things calm down medically is the best time to consider HRT therapies in some manner. You medical history, diet, lifestyle, toxic load, and gut function will play a role in the efficacy of your hormone replacement therapy.

You have a bit of a challenging medical road ahead of you but if you have true concerns about osteoporosis, when you’ve been recovered for about six months, I highly recommend seeing a doctor who understands that estrogen deficiency causes osteoporosis, and uses high dose estrogen therapies to reverse or reduce it depending on your circumstance.

“I need to straighten out my hormones as I know I have been imbalanced since very very young.”

Moxie: Most women have always been estrogen or hormonally deficient. Most women have dysfunctional ovaries that do not produce enough of our main sex hormone that tells us if we want to live or die, and how we mentally and physically feel. There are many reasons young girls do not produce adequate estrogen at puberty and suffer greatly from PMS, PMDD, irrational behavior, irregular and painful menstrual cycles, headaches, mood swings, and bipolar-like behavior. These young women are prescribe birth control pills and anti-depressants and told to live with it. The biggest problem with this approach to medicine is it never addresses the true issue of the symptoms. These symptoms only exist in girls whose estrogen is too low. Putting a young girl on birth control pills puts her in immediate chemical menopause. If you’re ever read the package insert of the birth control pill you will see all the side effects are what old women deal with when their estrogen stops producing. Most women spend most of their lives in chemical or medical induced menopause. The longer a woman goes without estrogen the worse she feels mentally and physically. Our brains and bodies are designed to deteriorate and decay when estrogen is low making us mentally crazy and physically deteriorating.

“Any advice would be greatly appreciated and I will forever be Indebted to you for coming into my life.”

Moxie: Remember, you’re the driver of your own bus so never replace your judgment for someone else’s, including mine. If you pay attention to your brain and body, you’ll be able to make good decisions as to how to take care of it. Gather good information and decide what makes sense to you.

 

 

I think I’m In Perimenopause

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I get messages and emails about hormones, perimenopause, menopause, and menstrual cycles from around the world that many women ask me at one time or another. I will post these questions anonymously to protect privacy.  

This question was from a woman in the United States, and my response follows…

“I think I am well into perimenopause but as of yet, I am not under a doctor’s care. How possible is it to conquer this thing naturally?? I like to avoid any and all medication if possible. I just turned 42 and my cycle started taking some serious changes about 5 (maybe more) years ago. My mother went through it early as well. She did have hormone therapy, but was taken off of it when her doctor’s found it linked with heart problems and she is already a concern for that as she has Mitrol Valve Prolapse. Upon stopping the hormone therapy, she never had another period after that, and was still under 50 years of age. Doctor’s said without it she would likely have naturally stopped having periods several years sooner. I want to avoid medications and also don’t want to prolong it the way the medication did for her.”

Moxie’s responses:

“I think I am well into perimenopause but as of yet I like to avoid any and all medication if possible.”

 Moxie: Menopause is completely preventable. No woman needs to suffer menopause or any of its symptoms if she receives preventative treatment before the onset of menopause. Dr. Robert Wilson wrote about this in 1966 in his book Feminine Forever, and we found this to be the case on our Hormone Medicine Clinic as well.

” I am not under a doctor’s care.”

 Moxie: You may be under a doctor’s care, but that means nothing unless your practitioner understands the significance of estrogen on the female brain and body, AND what to effectively do about it. Doctors are not taught how to keep a woman’s estrogen from going into decline. They are taught how to manage the symptoms of estrogen and hormone deficiencies with prescription drugs or invasive procedures like hysterectomies. Finding an experienced HRT specialist will help best.

“How possible is it to conquer this thing naturally?”

Moxie: It’s more difficult to get a woman’s estrogen back up as it is to prevent it from declining in the first place. Women can do this with the proper lifestyle and diet if addressed early enough. The longer a woman is estrogen deficient, the harder it is to restore those levels with the recommended diet and lifestyle changes. Even when a woman addresses lifestyle and diet early enough, there will be a time where she will need to extraneously supplement hormones. Where you are in your hormonal decline is determined by certain blood lab levels, of which most doctors do not know.

“I just turned 42 and my cycle started taking some serious changes about 5 (maybe more) years ago.”

Moxie: This is very normal, and more so when women give birth in their mid-thirties when the hormones are beginning to decline. Women who’ve children in their mid-thirties tend to have more postpartum depression and other issues that never go away which gradually get worse the lower estrogen gets. Most women are estrogen deficient most of their lives but it really hits them at your age.

My mother went through it early as well.”

Moxie: You are not going through this early and neither did your mother. This is the time this process really affects women’s bodies and brains to the point they can’t take it anymore. This is also not a genetic issue, it’s a human and animal species issue. In the male and female human, the brain and body respond to main-sex hormone levels. When those hormone levels are in a particular healthy range, the brain and body thrive and protected against mental and physical dysfunction. When main-sex hormones are in unhealthy ranges, the brain and body deteriorated and begin to decline and decay. The mental and physical decline you are experiencing is physiologically and physically normal.

She did have hormone therapy, but was taken off of it when her doctor’s found it linked with heart problems and she is already a concern for that as she has Mitrol Valve Prolapse.”

Moxie: I’ve never been able to find those studies these doctors use to justify taking women off hormones or preventing them from adequate levels of estrogen. Doctors have been taught to be afraid of estrogen to keep them from prescribing it. There’s a fear of estrogen pounded into the heads of doctors to keep them from correctly restoring main-sex hormones in men and women. We found out in our clinic it must be because when we keep the patients’ hormones in healthy ranges, we don’t have to write prescriptions for conditions that do not exist. 85% of the reasons people go to the doctor for is a hormone deficiency issue. The big problem with mitral valve prolapse’s is that women are more symptomatic with palpitations and cardiac arrhythmias. Estrogen reduces the tendency to develop palpitations and cardiac arrhythmias. The only time estrogen causes problems is when it’s kept too low.

Upon stopping the hormone therapy, she never had another period after that, and was still under 50 years of age. Doctor’s said without it she would likely have naturally stopped having periods several years sooner”

Moxie: Menopause is an estrogen deficiency disease and can be reversed to a relative degree depending on how long a patient has been estrogen deficient. Women who are having periods are getting enough estrogen somehow to keep the body functioning. The only way for you or your mother to feel alive and healthy is to restore hormones to levels that tell your brain you’re alive and intend to stay that way. Low hormone levels tell your brain it’s time to check out and make way for the next generation, and the body responds.

“I want to avoid medications and also don’t want to prolong it the way the medication did for her.” 

Moxie: The best way for you to avoid taking medicine to treat the symptoms of estrogen deficiency is to restore estrogen to healthy levels and maintain them there with a 4th generation HRT program like the Panacea Protocol™. Any kind of HRT is better than none. You will continue to fall apart and mentally decline unless you prevent it from doing so.

 

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