What hormone changes happen after menopause?
During menopause, your body goes through major hormonal changes. For instance, decreasing the amount of hormones it makes. Your ovaries produce estrogen and progesterone, and when your ovaries no longer make enough estrogen and progesterone, the natural reproductive years come to an end. Your ovaries also produce about a quarter of your testosterone, and this diminishes.
So less progesterone is produced but somehow stabilizes at low levels post-menopause in around the age of 55. Less estrogen is produced, and estrogen is related to all the major systems in your body and even affects the production of serotonin, a mood relating neurotransmitter. Fluctuating estrogen and progesterone levels, plus other factors cause serotonin production disruption leading to more mood swings.
So what can you do during this transition in your life? First of all, take good care of your health. This is super important. It’s a time that you know, is even signalling with all these changes, that we need to look at ourselves and take care, because a woman has done so much to take care of her family, her household, her kids, her parents, and to really turn inwards and bring that attention back to herself.
Look into hormone therapy. This can make a huge difference for the lost hormones. Hormone therapy boosts your hormone levels and can help symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness, and it can also help, you know, bigger, broader things like preventing osteoporosis.
Other things I would suggest that you should continue doing if you’re not, or start doing if you’re not, is exercising. Exercise is known to help boost hormone levels and just make you feel better and live longer. Your diet is super important – a clean diet. You may even consider doing a detox before you change to this clean diet to get rid of all the chemicals that you know are in your system, from foods you eat, from things you put on your body, your moisturizers and makeup, things like that, they all contain chemicals. Make sure that, if you’re doing this detox, afterwards you develop a 100% percent natural routine of moisturizers and also vaginal moisturizers.
You wanna make sure that you stay away from or manage your stress and get a hold on what is stressing you. And lastly, I would say sleep. Sleep is super important to have a good sleep routine. I would rate that as one of a higher priority on that because when I sleep better, I function better and can deal with all these changes more effectively.