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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The Curious Link Between Estrogen, Mast Cells, and Histamine

Estrogen, mast cells, and histamine.Headaches. Anxiety. Insomnia. Brain fog. Hives. Nasal congestion. These are just a few of the symptoms of histamine intolerance or mast cell activation syndrome.

Histamine problems are more common in women, and are often worse at ovulation and just before the period. Why? Because that’s when estrogen is high compared to progesterone, and estrogen increases histamine.

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The Ups and Downs of Estrogen. Part 2: Estrogen Excess

estrogen excessEstrogen is a powerful hormone. We don’t want too little (see Part 1: Estrogen Deficiency), but we definitely don’t want too much.

Estrogen excess causes heavy periods, breast pain, fibroids, and premenstrual irritability. It also suppresses thyroid and increases the risk of breast cancer.

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What Dairy Does to Periods

cow's dairy and periodsMore than 20 years ago I discovered something: When I stopped having dairy, I stopped having period pain. Since then, I’ve worked with thousands of patients who have discovered the same thing. Stopping dairy can dramatically improve period pain, heavy periods, endometriosis, acne, and PMS.

Stopping dairy can improve period problems, but not always. It depends on the person, and it depends on the type of dairy.

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