Women’s life expectancy is now 83 years of age on average, which means women are likely to live nearly half their lives after menopause. While menopause is a natural process, the rapid aging side effects that can accompany changes in hormone levels can be avoided. There are healthful and safe ways to reclaim the vitality of your youth. Live longer, be attractive, and age gracefully into your 90’s and beyond.
Some symptoms of menopause are hot flashes, sleeplessness, menstrual changes, unwanted hair growth, weight gain, thinning skin, depression, and bone loss. When a woman has not had a period for twelve consecutive months she is considered to be post-menopausal. Hormone levels do not suddenly drop at menopause, gradual changes occur for as long as 12 years prior to menopause. These years are known as peri-menopause and during this time progesterone levels begin to drop significantly. Estrogen levels also change but rarely in balance with the change in progesterone levels. Both estrogen and progesterone need to be in balance for the body to function optimally. That is why it is so important to have your changes in hormone levels and balanced.
Estrogen dominance is common during peri-menopause and leads to mood changes, hot flashes, irritability and memory loss. Persistent estrogen dominance is a risk factor for certain types of cancer. In addition to normal hormone decline with age, the stress of family, career, relationships can affect adrenal function. This may cause imbalanced cortisol levels and further compounding menopausal symptoms.
At your first visit, the saliva test will be explained and how you do it. The hormones that will be tested are estrogen (E1, E2 and E3), progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol levels four times throughout the day. These tests will allow the healthcare professional to find the best way to balance your hormones!