When is it Midlife?


I hate to admit it, but I’m getting to that age where my body begins to do some very strange things.  Some women have named it the second puberty.  Remember those first puberty years?  Hormones flaring, mood swings, tenderness, bloating…    but wait, what can we really expect to happen during this time of our life?  A lot of it depends on your personal family history, but here is a list  from Project Aware of 35 symptoms that may accompany peri-menopause:

  1. Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling (see note)
  2. Irregular heart beat
  3. Irritability
  4. Mood swings, sudden tears
  5. Trouble sleeping through the night (with or without night sweats)
  6. Irregular periods; shorter, lighter periods; heavier periods, flooding; phantom periods, shorter cycles, longer cycles
  7. Loss of libido (see note)
  8. Dry vagina (see note)
  9. Crashing fatigue
  10. Anxiety, feeling ill at ease
  11. Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom (see note)
  12. Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion
  13. Disturbing memory lapses
  14. Incontinence, especially upon sneezing, laughing; urge incontinence (see note)
  15. Itchy, crawly skin (see note)
  16. Aching, sore joints, muscles and tendons (see note)
  17. Increased tension in muscles
  18. Breast tenderness
  19. Headache change: increase or decrease
  20. Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea
  21. Sudden bouts of bloat
  22. Depression (see note)
  23. Exacerbation of existing conditions
  24. Increase in allergies
  25. Weight gain (see note)
  26. Hair loss or thinning, head, pubic, or whole body; increase in facial hair
  27. Dizziness, light-headedness, episodes of loss of balance
  28. Changes in body odor
  29. Electric shock sensation under the skin and in the head (see note)
  30. Tingling in the extremities (see note)
  31. Gum problems, increased bleeding
  32. Burning tongue, burning roof of mouth, bad taste in mouth, change in breath odor
  33. Osteoporosis (after several years)
  34. Changes in fingernails: softer, crack or break easier
  35. Tinnitus: ringing in ears, bells, ‘whooshing,’ buzzing etc. (see note)

I won’t get too personal and tell you which symptoms I have had over the past couple of years, but let’s just say, there isn’t too much doubt that something’s going on here. =)

So what can we do about this?  Some women think it is completely  normal to have a lot of these symptoms, but I have been reading some literature and online information about natural solutions that I hope will be helpful to those of you who are nearing this age… there is HOPE!

There is a whole list of natural solutions on this page, but the one I have used myself is what I will be discussing in this post.

It’s called Natural Progesterone and here are some facts from Dr Lee’s website:

PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF ESTROGEN AND PROGESTERONE

Estrogen Effects

Creates proliferative endometrium

Breast cell stimulation (fibrocystic breasts*)

Increased body fat and weight gain*

Salt and fluid retention

Depression, anxiety, and headaches*

Cyclical migraines*

Poor sleep patterns*

Interferes with thyroid hormone function*

Impairs blood sugar control*

Increased risk of blood clots*

Little or no libido effect*

Loss of zinc and retention of copper*

Reduced oxygen levels in all cells*

Causes endometrial cancer*

Increased risk of breast cancer*

Increased risk of prostate cancer*

Restrains bone loss

Reduces vascular tone (dilates blood vessels)

Triggers autoimmune diseases*

Creates progesterone receptors

Relieves hot flashes***

Prevents vaginal dryness & mucosal atrophy***

Increases risk of gall bladder disease*

Improves memory***

Improves sleep disorders***

Improves health of urinary tract***

Relieves night sweats***

Progesterone Effects

Maintains secretory endometrium

Protects against breast fibrocysts

Helps use fat for energy

Natural diuretic

Natural anti-depressant & calms anxiety

Prevents cyclical migraines

Promotes normal sleep patterns

Facilitates thyroid hormone function

Helps normalize blood sugar levels

Normalizes blood clotting

Helps restores normal libido

Normalizes zinc and copper levels

Restores proper cell oxygen levels

Prevents endometrial cancer

Helps prevent breast cancer1

Decreased risk of prostate cancer

Stimulates new bone formation

Improves vascular tone

Prevents autoimmune diseases

Increases sensitivity of estrogen receptors

Necessary for survival of embryo

Precursor of corticosteroid biosynthesis

Prevents coronary artery spasm and

atherosclerotic plaque.

Sleepiness, depression**

Digestive problems**

But wait!  Don’t run right out there and buy the first progesterone cream you can find!  There are many things to consider.

I would highly recommend that first of all you read through Dr Lee’s website as well as ProgesteroneTherapy.com Both of these sites have excellent information, scientific facts and testimonies.

Here’s a quick summary:

1. Natural progesterone can help relieve some PMS or Peri-menopause symptoms for some women

2. Ingesting natural progesterons is not as effective as using a natural cream

3. Synthetic progesterone is completely different than natural progesterone and I am in no way recommending it

4. There are different types of “natural” cream and it is critical to choose with care

NOTE: The first two times I used Natural Progesterone Cream were to prevent miscarriage.  After successfully giving birth three times to 3 bouncy baby boys, I had 2 miscarriages.  Somehow I discovered Natural Progesterone Cream – either from my midwife or the local health food store – and began taking it according to the directions when I suspected pregnancy the next time.  I carried the next two pregnancies to term and delivered 2 gorgeous girls.  Ultimately my loving Father is the giver of life, but I believe in these instances he used a natural remedy.

Here is a page full of information regarding miscarriage prevention and natural progesterone cream.

And a story of someone I know personally:

After x amount of months of annoying symptoms, she began using natural progesterone cream as directed, used it for 3 months and those annoying symptoms completely disappeared and she went straight into menopause…  From what I understand, she is now in a symptom-free menopause.  Sounds nice, eh? =)

*Any information I have on this page is only my opinion and should not be taken as medical advice.  Please consult with your medical expert before taking my advice.

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