Have you been wondering if what you’re experiencing is perimenopause or PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)?
Menopause or perimenopause is caused by a gradual fall in women’s hormone levels. PCOS is caused by a hormone imbalance. Both relate to changes in your sex hormones, which are estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
Women with PCOS produce a higher level. Of the sex hormone testosterone than most women do. Blood tests for testosterone and free androgen are the best test for diagnosing whether you have hyperandrogenism, which are this high levels of the androgen or testosterone. Other blood tests that can be useful and in identifying high androgen levels include the SHBG or sex hormone binding globulin test.
So, what is common between the two conditions? The hormone progesterone. So what can you do? First, if it’s PCOS, you want to balance your hormones, eat balanced meals, balance your blood sugar. This is fundamental to treating PCOS. So assessing your diet, what you’re eating, putting into your body is so critical. You want to opt for a low impact workout. Get enough sleep, limit your alcohol intake. Really take care of your gut health. You can also add natural herbs and supplements to your diet. Make sure that you’re managing your stress so you can think of yoga or meditation.
Also, avoid chemicals as their hormone disruptors. So if you are in fact experiencing the transition in life, which is perimenopause to menopause, you want to supplement the lost hormones and you can do this by phytohormones. You may have heard of phytoestrogens like soy, and you know these are found in flax seeds and other plants. You can try bioidentical hormones. That’s something that I’m doing. And I have a video more about it. The benefits of Bioidenticals and the drawbacks and the benefits of regular HRT and the drawbacks. So you can watch that video to learn a little bit more.
You also want to make sure your diet is healthy and you’re exercising and again, like for PCOS, managing your stress and avoiding chemicals as they are hormone disruptors. So whether your hormones are declining or they’re out of balance for those two conditions. We want to make sure we avoid chemicals because they disrupt the hormones. And so if you have or think you have consumed a lot of chemicals, I would do a detox and I do have a detox protocol. You can find it on another video. So I hope this helps and please share with your friends like the video and subscribe to our channel. See you next time.