Perimenopause is the body telling you your fertile days are coming to a close and menopause is the door closing on fertility.
Oestrogen levels change and reduce so our bodies no longer produce eggs, this would be fine if oestrogen was just responsible for egg production but that's not the case. Oestrogen affects nearly every cell in our bodies so hence why we experience symptoms and also why no women will experience menopause in the exact same way...one might get hot flushes (oestrogen) to beat the band, another might never get them but might suffer anxiety or palpitations (progesterone). As egg production is no longer required oestrogen is now produced in other areas like the skin and adrenal glands.
Hot flushes, nights sweats, headaches, mood swings, vaginal dryness, membrane thinning, urinary incontinence all these symptoms point to oestrogen deficiency.
There is another shift too...Oestrogen is also the 'nurturing hormone', the one in ample supply after childbirth. At midlife this nurturing hormone is still around but it's focus changes – we start to look at our lives and reassess - our needs come back up the front. It's a whole new chapter
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