As women we expect our body to work like clockwork. Unfortunately Kerri Abbott Naturopath and Nutritionist finds this is not always the case. Menstrual periods can sometimes be debilitating, causing pain, clotting, nausea, painful breasts, mood swings and headaches usually due to hormonal imbalance.
Stress, environmental pollutants, the contraceptive pill, xeno-estrogens to name a few upset the beautiful balance of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone that govern our monthly cycle.
Menopausal symptoms affect about 70% of women approaching menopause. Changing hormonal levels in the female reproductive system causes typical menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes or night sweats, foggy head and vaginal dryness. Almost all women notice early symptoms while still having periods. This stage of gradually falling and fluctuating hormone levels is called peri-menopause, which often begins in the early 40s and sometimes in the 30’s.