You just want the hot flashes to go way, lose that stubborn weight and sleep through the night! That is not too much to ask, right? During peri-menopause and menopause, we are often told that hormone therapy will be the answer to our problems. You may believe that when you take synthetic or bio-identical hormone replacement, you are creating hormone balance. Many times, these treatments can relieve the symptoms of hot flashes or heavy bleeding, but then other symptoms may appear like weight gain, headaches or low libido. These are also signs of hormone imbalance.
The good news? We can find symptom relief and the source of imbalance, at the same time. From the perspective of Chinese Medicine, how well you take care of yourself after 35 years old, will dictate how smoothly you will transition through menopause and your quality of life beyond.
From a Functional medicine perspective, hormone imbalance (which includes thyroid, cortisol, insulin – as well as our sex hormones) can be caused from emotional or physical stress, poor diet, nutrient deficiencies, inflammation, poor sleep or any number of root causes. You may need more than just estrogen replacement to find your individual balance.