There’s one question many women find themselves asking: “How can I find hormonal balance during menopause?” It turns out that you actually have many options, but sometimes it can be hard to know what the right options are for you.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
HRT or hormone replacement therapy is an option for some women. I prefer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy over using synthetic hormones for my patients. You may use estrogen, progesterone, and sometimes testosterone. But knowing the right types of hormones to use, the right delivery mechanisms, and how much your body needs will be a little bit of work for you and your health care provider to figure out. The more educated you are on how these hormones work, the better off you’ll be when it comes time to make that decision. You’ll need to know what the best hormones for you are and what your risk factors are so you’re more likely to have an easy transition through menopause.
There are also natural supplements with herbs and other nutraceuticals that can actually help boost estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone temporarily. Estrogenic, progestational, and androgenic supplements are not usually used long-term, yet they can somewhat help control your menopause symptoms.
Supporting Your Hypothalamus
One of the biggest things that can really help you transition through the change is supporting your hypothalamus. Your hypothalamus becomes really dysfunctional when your sex hormones plummet during menopause. This causes a myriad of symptoms, including hot flashes, insomnia, weight gain, low sex drive, mood swings, memory loss, muscle and bone loss, digestive issues, weird pains, allergies, and hypersensitivity. All of these factors are controlled by your hypothalamus. When you support your hypothalamus throughout the change, balancing hormones naturally during menopause, you’re going to find that your endocrine glands are going to last a lot longer.
Supporting the hypothalamus may help stave off taking hormone replacement therapy, or at least reduce how much is needed. This way, you don’t have to overdose with hormones and risk growing things you don’t want, like tumors.
Lifestyle Changes for Hormonal Balance During Menopause
The other thing to understand is that finding hormonal balance during menopause does mean that you might have to make some lifestyle changes. You may have to change your nutrition plan or your exercise routine. You may even have to change your sleep routine or shift your mindset. I know that’s a hard one, but what you believe, becomes. If you’re suffering through menopause symptoms, and you’re not aging as gracefully as you’d like to, a lot of that is affected by what you believe. You may have imprinted beliefs from your childhood that affect the way you deal with stress. Shifting your mindset can be really important in changing how menopause affects you physically, emotionally, and mentally.
I wish I could tell you that there’s a perfect menopause diet, exercise plan, sleep routine, and mindset. But there’s not, because it’s different for everyone. This is why you must understand where you’re coming from in terms of your family history, your genetics, and your lifestyle background as you enter the change. Once you know these things, you’ll know what needs to be adjusted so you can be successful in navigating menopause.
To help you navigate this change, I’ve created a free guide for you. Download my Menopause Action Plan to help you make a concrete plan to help you thrive through menopause.
Research Reference: Hypothalamic regulation of pituitary secretion of luteinizing hormone—II feedback control of gonadotropin secretion, Menopause and the Human Hypothalamus: Evidence for the Role of Kisspeptin/Neurokinin B Neurons in the Regulation of Estrogen Negative Feedback