In the years leading up to menopause (perimenopause), menstrual cycles that may once have been like clockwork start to become erratic. Bleeding may be heavier or lighter than usual-although we are not officially in menopause until we have had 12 consecutive months without a period. Erratic cycles are a sign of erratic ovulation leading to highs and lows in estrogen and progesterone, an effect many women describe as an emotional roller coaster. And don’t let anyone tell you it’s all in your head. When the ovaries begin to sputter, hormone production sputters and so do we…forgetfulness and foggy thinking, mental confusion and mood swings are hallmark symptoms for many women; as are hot flashes and night sweats, tearfulness, unwanted weight gain, thyroid problems and declining interest in sex, no matter how much we love our partner. Of course not all women experience these symptoms-as individuals we each have our very own biochemistry-but it is common to experience some degree of discomfort during the menopausal years. And the degree to which we experience discomfort is likely to be associated with the degree to which our hormones are out of balance. If you are a woman experiencing menopausal symptoms, you will want to test at least two hormones: estradiol and progesterone. If you would like a more comprehensive picture, our five panel test measures estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEAs and morning cortisol.
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