What Estrogen Does in Your 40s (and How Progesterone Can Help)

Estrogen rollercoaster of perimenopause Hot flashes, sleep problems, mood swings, and crazy heavy periods. Is this menopause already? And you’re only 42? No, menopause may still be a decade away. This is perimenopause, which is the two to ten years of hormonal change before periods stop.

Perimenopause can be a tricky time and causes more symptoms than menopause itself. Conventional medicine has surprisingly little to offer. Your doctor will say you’re too young for hormone replacement, so she will likely prescribe the pill or an antidepressant, or tell you just to ride it out.

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The Crucial Difference Between Progesterone and Progestins

contraceptive pills have progestinsThe progestins in hormonal birth control are not progesterone.

Yet, so many journalists and even doctors use the word progesterone when they really mean a progestin drug such as drospirenone, levonorgestrel, or medroxyprogesterone. They are not the same thing.

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In Defense of Estrogen. No Hormone More Powerful for Sleep and Mood and Libido

in defense of estrogenWe must not fear estrogen—our own queen of hormones. With all the current talk of estrogen dominance, plus the 2002 HRT scare, estrogen has acquired a bad reputation it does not deserve.

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