A client sent me and article entitled MENSTRUAL IRREGULARITY AND MENOPAUSE, WHAT’S NORMAL, WHAT’S NOT? and asked me to post my responses to these questions.  Below you will see some of those questions and my answers.

Why is my menstrual cycle irregular?

Because your estrogen is too low (hypoestrogenism) and you can get it back to regular status by increasing your estrogen my stimulating your ovaries into production provided your ovaries are healthy. You do this with a nutrient dense diet (no processed foods or sugar), daily physical activity (break a sweat), and sleeping when the sun is down (between 10:00pm – 7:00am). If your ovaries are dysfunctional, you’ll need to extraneously restore your estrogen to levels that mimic a healthy reproductive female with the right hormones, dosed in the right amounts, and administered in the right manner. This will create a virtually incident-free regular cycle.

What causes irregular menstruation in menopause?

Menopause is when the period has stopped for more than a year. This is caused by extreme hypoestrogenism and to restore a healthy menstrual cycle in menopause, you’ll need to extraneously restore your estrogen and progesterone to levels that mimic a healthy reproductive female with the right hormones, dosed in the right amounts, and administered in the right manner. This will create a virtually incident-free regular cycle for as long as you take the hormones.

How do I know if my period is abnormal?

A healthy period is one that occurs once every 28 days, lasting for no longer than 5 days with a peak at day three and only residual blood on day 6, without mood swings, cramps, blood clots, headaches, migraines, sugar and carb cravings, irritability, etc. If this isn’t happening to you, then your period may be normal because most women experience these things but they are not natural. Horrible menstrual cycles are directly related to hypoestrogenism.

How do I know when I have reached perimenopause?

Perimenopause can happen to any woman at any post-menarche age whenever her estrogen drops too low. You will feel it in your mind because you’ll feel like you’re going crazy and can’t think straight. You’ll feel it in your body as it breaks down and falls apart, won’t function right, you’ll get fat and can’t sleep. And you’ll see it in your behavior and how you respond to others and will have malcontent. Your self esteem will diminish as will your confidence and self worth.   You will consider suicide as a viable option for you and your family, and for some homicidal thoughts are not uncommon. Perimenopause is one of the worst things a woman can go through.

What other symptoms will I have along with menstrual irregularity?

Painful periods that include blood clots, cramps, lower back pain, headaches, and migraines. You’ll also get depression, anxiety, social isolation, loneliness, inability to cope and make decisions. You won’t be able to fall asleep or stay asleep and will gain weight and not be able to get it off. You will feel ugly and incapable and lose your mojo.

What factors impact menstrual irregularity and premature menopause?

Ovarian dysfunction is caused by a handful of things; genetics, age, a crappy diet, a sedentary lifestyle, medications, the health of your gut microflora, and poor sleep hygiene are the biggest influencers.

Will I stop menstruating completely once I have reached menopause?

Menopause is when your period has stopped for at least 12 months, but the goal is to avoid this for as long as possible or indefinitely.  Avoiding menopause by maintaining a healthy menstrual cycle by way of hormone optimization will allow you to continue having periods until you die. When a woman maintains a healthy menstrual cycle, it tells her brain she’s in a state of prime health so the body does what it can to maintain that standing mentally, physically, and behaviorally. This is done with the right hormones, dosed in the right amounts and administered in the right manner. There is no reason a woman ever need to go into menopause if she maintains her “Hormone Sweet Spot”.

If you want to learn more about how to avoid perimenopause and menopause, and or reverse it, make a complementary consultation with me by clicking on the button below and let’s talk about how I can help you get to your personal “Hormone Sweet Spot”.