Menopause and Women: Fifty Signs of Hormone Imbalance

Published: 18th December 2009
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If you are in mid-life and are experiencing some of the following fifty hormone imbalance symptoms. If so, you may have hormone imbalances. Women in their late thirties and early to mid-forties begin entering what is known as peri-menopause, which turns into menopause by the late forties or early fifties. Perimenopause usually starts in a woman's 40s, but it can start in the 30s or even earlier.

Today, many women are thinking about taking bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to offset their hormone imbalances and to simply feel better.

Menopause is clinically defined as the cessation of menstruation for 12 consecutive months. It marks the end of a woman's reproductive years, and this usually occurs naturally around the age of 52 when her ovaries stop producing estrogen, and there are no more eggs that are fertile.

Most hormone imbalance symptoms are caused primarily by the incorrect relationship between progesterone and estrogen levels in a woman's body. Two of the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, exist in a delicate balance with variations that can have a dramatic effect on a woman's health, resulting in symptoms of hormone imbalance. The amounts of hormones that a woman's body produces monthly vary, depending on factors including ovulation,lack of ovulation, and other factors like stress, nutrition, or exercise.

Listed below are the fifty symptoms that are most often associated with perimenopause and menopause:

1 Anxiety attacks

2 Allergies

3 Brain fog

4 Breast pain or tenderness

5 Bloating

6 Body odor

7 Bone loss

8 A burning tongue

9 Chronic fatigue

10 Gum bleeding

11 Depression

12 Difficulty concentrating

13 Discomfort while having sex

14 Dizziness and disorientation

15 Dry eyes

16 Dry itchy skin

17 Emotional bouts

18 Facial hair increase

19 Face flushing

20 Fatigue

21 Fingernails brittle and dry

22 Feelings of apprehension doom and gloom

23 Forgetfulness

24 Hair loss

25 Headaches

26 Hot flashes

27 Incontinence

28 Irregular periods

29 Joint pain in the back of knees and heel pain

30 Lethargy and tiredness

31 Light headedness

32 Loss of balance

33 Loss of libido

34 Memory lapse

35 Menstrual irregularities

36 Mental confusion

37 Migraines

38 Moodiness

39 Muscle aches and pains

40 Night sweats, or nocturnal hyperhydrosis

41 Osteoporosis

42 Panic disorder

43 Rapid heart beat

44 Sleep Disorders

45 Sudden tears

46 Thinning hair

47 Tingling extremities

48 Urinary urges

49 Vaginal dryness

50 Weight gain

Perimenopause causes a woman's estrogen levels to drop, so they might begin to feel any one or more of these fifty signs of menopause. As the estrogen decreases she may have periods that come at irregular intervals, including skipping a month or several months. But the reality is that during these times, she is no longer ovulating, and cannot get pregnant. She has just enough estrogen to make a real thin lining in the uterus but not enough to peak. This is why in perimenopause causes the periods to get shorter, and a woman's breasts might also feel lumpier, and her mind gets foggy. did you know that a pounding, racing heart is the second most common complaint associated with peri-menopause. If a woman doesn't peak estrogen with regularity, then she is probably in perimenopause.

Basically the loss of this rhythm in peri-menopause actually triggers the destruction of the rest of her eggs, through the action of excessive FSH, using up the remainder of the eggs. Around this time, she begins to get hot flashes. In thisway her body's hormones begin to shut down and she will enter menopause. Hot flashes are the body's reaction to a decreased supply of the hormone estrogen, which occurs naturally as women approach menopause. This entire process can take up to fifteen years. Menstrual irregularity is most common in the mid-forties as a woman approaches menopause.

The clinical diagnosis of menopause is finding in your blood work of an FSH score higher than five (5). You too can stop this destruction of old age, get rid of the symptoms of hormone imbalance and menopause and achieve feedback and shut off FSH with estrogen replacement. It is in the early stages of menopause when many women experience aching joints and muscles, and others get bad if not debilitating headaches, most often caused by dropping estrogen levels. Known as "menstrual migraines" these headaches can occur when estrogen levels drop during her period.

Most women who are going into menopause experience absent, short, or irregular periods caused by hormone imbalances. Your periods may even come more frequently, every 24 days instead of every 28, or they may come later than normal. You may have a light period that lasts only a few days, then the next month have a very heavy period. Your period may last a long time or a shorter amount of time. You could skip a month, or two, and then go back to normal for a couple of months, until your period ceases altogether.

During early menopause, some women have allergies, brain fog and have trouble concentrating. Most women experience some anxiety, night sweats or hot flashes. Your skin may become dry and fingernails brittle and most women experience a loss of the moisture in the lining of vaginal area which may be associated with itching and irritation. And of course, one of the most dreaded signs of getting older is dry wrinkled and aging skin. When your estrogen levels drop, collagen production also drops, and it is the collagen that keeps our skin youthful looking.

Fatigue is second only to pain as the most common symptom. It's simply defined as an ongoing and persistent feeling of weakness, tiredness, and lowered energy. When your estrogen levels drop, your vaginal tissues start drying and become less elastic. Sex becomes uncomfortable and you may be more prone to infections. Sudden hair loss happens because our hair follicles need estrogen.

Sleeplessness is another common sign. If you're tossing, turning, and have insomnia, it may be because of menopause. Weight gain, especially around your middle, is yet another sign of changing hormones and your metabolism is slowing down. You may also notice bloating as well, due to periodic increases in fluid retention and abdominal distension.

A loss of sex drive or loss of libido is a problem for some women at this age. Unless taking bioidentical hromones, most women will experience acceleration in bone density reduction as their estrogen levels drop. All women in menopause will experience osteoporosis, the thinning and weakening of the bone and a general decrease in the bone mass and density making us more susceptible to fractures or breaks. This happens later in menopause after your estrogen levels have dropped. Estrogen is involved in the process of the bone's calcium absorption.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

You can only try to fool nature by covering the fact that you are missing eggs if you replace the hormones that they would generate in exactly the amounts and rhythm in which they would occur. This is the reasoning behind rhythmic, bioidentical hormone therapy. If we don't replace our hormones, we will face debilitation, or the falling off of hormones that women experience in perimenopause and finally menopause. Today's woman can stop the aging process and not experience the dreadful symptoms of hormone imbalance and menopause by taking natural, rhythmic bioidentical hormone restoration. But the hormones must be replaced exactly as they would be generated in youth - in exactly the amounts and the rhythm in which they would occur when she was younger. This is the reasoning behind rhythmic, bioidentical hormone therapy. It is not static dosing, but dosed in a rhythm with varying amounts of estrogen and progesterone during the month. Women using this rhythmic cycling also will get their periods again, just like when they were in their prime.

Most of the women taking rhythmic bioidentical hormone replacement therapy are raving about how good they now feel. No more sleep deprivation due to hormone-related insomnia and hot flashes. They no longer experience brain fog or depression. Their sex drives are back! Their skin looks soft supple and youthful, taking them back ten years or more in their looks. But best of all, almost all of the women taking the Wiley Protocol say that all of their symptoms of menopause are gone, and they now feel like themselves again.


Writer Kristin Gabriel works with T.S. Wiley developer of the Wiley Protocol Biomimetic Hormone Restoration Therapy (BHRT), also known as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. This rhythmic cycling protocol is for any doctor or woman seeking cutting edge therapies for menopause and anti-aging. The multi-phasing dosing schedule of the Wiley Protocol is the only Biomimetic HRT on the market. Visit

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