Are Your Hormones Driving You Crazy?
Menopause is a natural and important part of every woman's life. Perimenopause is the transition into menopause, and it occurs when the ovaries gradually begin to produce less estrogen. This phase begins anywhere from 10 years to several months before menopause is fully reached. Marked by irregular periods, perimenopause usually occurs between age 40 and 50. This phase ends when a woman has had no period for 12 months. At this time, she has reached menopause.
Five million women are menopausal in the United States today, and another 3.5 million women will become menopausal this year. Based on life expectancy trends, women face the prospect of spending the last one-third to one-half of their lives in a state of hormonal imbalance. The quality and quantity of life for these women will largely be determined by how well they and their doctors manage their hormone replacement needs.
Common Symptoms of Perimenopause
* Hot Flashes
* Night Sweats
* Insomnia or Sleeplessness
* Mood Swings
* Depression, Anxiety, Nervousness or Irritability
* Memory Lapses or Loss
* Irregular Heartbeat or Palpitations
* Loss of Libido
* Vaginal Dryness
* Breast Tenderness
* Headaches, Muscle and Joint Pain
* Hair Loss or Thinning, Increase in Facial Hair
Some of these symptoms often linger well into menopause. For many women, menopause also marks an increased risk of heart disease and bone loss or osteoporosis. It is important to note that most of the above symptoms may also be attributed to other underlying conditions such as thyroid disease, diabetes, pituitary or adrenal disorders, so if you are having menopausal symptoms, see your doctor.
Because of the many symptoms and discomfort associated with perimenopause, it is no wonder that many women dread this natural transition. Fortunately, Eve's Harmony provides a safe and natural alternative to drugs and prescription hormones for relief of menopause symptoms.
Eve's Harmony - What's in it for you?
Soy Isoflavones have potent antioxidant properties that may reduce the long term risk of cancer by preventing free radical damage to DNA. If during menopause the body's natural level of estrogen drops, isoflavones can compensate for this by binding to the estrogen receptor sites, thereby easing menopausal symptoms. Because isoflavones compete with estrogen for the same receptor sites, they can also reduce the health risks of excess estrogen. Recent studies have shown that soy isoflavones can reduce menopause symptoms and increase bone density in women.
Black Cohosh has been used by generations of Native Americans to naturally treat hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. Standardized extracts of black cohosh have been proven in studies to alleviate the discomfort of menopause quickly and reliably.
Dong Quai has been used for centuries to relieve a myriad of menopausal symptoms, from regulating the menstrual cycle to easing hot flashes and vaginal dryness. It is also said to promote blood circulation and alleviate pain. Its internal moisturizing properties include a mild natural laxative effect which can help relieve constipation.
Licorice is traditional herbal remedy with an ancient history and worldwide usage. Modern research has confirmed its value as a soother and detoxifier of the liver. The triterpenes of licorice are metabolized in the body to molecules that closely resemble adrenal cortex hormones, which may in part explain its anti-inflammatory effects.
Vitex Berry has been used for centuries in Europe for hormonal imbalances in women. It works on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands by increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) production and mildly inhibiting the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). The result is a shift in the ratio of estrogen to progesterone in favor of progesterone. This ability to influence progesterone levels makes Vitex berry an excellent herb for regulating menstruation and treating infertility.
Red Clover is a potent plant source of isoflavones and other phytoestrogens that have been used extensively to treat the symptoms of menopause. It is also reported to be useful for easing coughs, bronchitis, eczema, and sore throat.
Sage Extract is treasured by Chinese herbalists for its ability to strengthen the digestive system. A member of the mint family, sage is known to reduce the frequency of hot flashes. It also has antimicrobial, anti-spasmodic and antioxidant properties.
False Unicorn is perhaps the most well known and widely used Native American herb for toning and strengthening the female reproductive system. This herb is often used to treat delayed or absent menstruation as well as ovarian pain.
Squaw Vine is a Native American herb that has an extensive history of use for all types of uterine complaints. It has documented diuretic, tonic and astringent properties.
Blessed Thistle is an annual plant native to the Mediterranean region that is a common component in bitters formulas to treat digestive issues.
Red Raspberry contains polyphenol antioxidants as well as vitamins A and C, which ranks the raspberry near the top of all fruits for antioxidant (ORAC) strength.
Mexican Wild Yam has been promoted for the treatment of menstrual dysfunction, nausea in pregnancy, urinary tract infections, and nervous excitement.