How to Survive the Great Progesterone Crash of Perimenopause

perimenopause and stressIn your forties, you may find you don’t cope as well with stress. It happens because losing progesterone during perimenopause can destabilize the HPA axis or stress response system.

This recalibration of the nervous system is why perimenopause is associated with an increased risk of anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

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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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The Ups and Downs of Estrogen. Part 1: Estrogen Deficiency

Estrogen builds bone, strengthens muscle, slows aging, strengthens libido, enhances insulin sensitivity, and boosts serotonin. And those are just a few of its many benefits. Estrogen regulates over a thousand genes, so it’s one of our most influential and important hormones.

No wonder it feels so bad to have estrogen deficiency. (It also feels bad to have estrogen excess. Read Part 2: Estrogen Excess.)

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