How to Survive the Great Progesterone Crash of Perimenopause

perimenopause and stressIn your forties, you may find you donโ€™t cope as well with stress. It happens because losing progesterone during perimenopause can destabilize the HPA (adrenal) 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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The Dos and Don’ts of Vitex for Period Problems

Vitex or chaste tree for period problemsVitex (also called Chaste tree or Chaste berry) is a herbal medicine prepared from the berries of a large Mediterranean tree (Vitex agnus-castus). In ancient times, it was used to suppress the libido of monks, hence the name. Fortunately, it does not have that effect on women.

Vitex is effective medicine for breast pain, irregular periods, premenstrual mood symptoms, and some types of acne.

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Natural Treatment of Menstrual or Hormonal Migraines

menstrual migrainesMenstrual or hormonal migraines are caused by the drop from high to low estrogen. An underlying problem with mast cell activation and high histamine can also play a role.

Magnesium and natural progesterone are the top two natural treatment for migraine prevention. Other strategies include reducing histamine and maybe avoiding gluten. The pill is not a good solution because it can worsen migraines.

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The Role of Histamine and Mast Cells in PMS and PMDD

histamine and PMDD

Mast cell activation and histamine can play a role in premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). 

That’s why both ovulatory and premenstrual mood symptoms can be relieved by over-the-counter antihistamines as well as natural histamine-reducing strategies such as vitamin B6, SAM-e, and a dairy-free diet. 

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