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One of the most common hormone imbalances are associated with perimenopause and menopause. In the years leading up to menopause (perimenopause), menstrual cycles may become irregular and may also be heavier or lighter than usual. They may become erratic due to the fluctuations of highs and lows of estrogen: progesterone balance. Typically progesterone and testosterone start to decline after age 35. DHEA levels may also decline. During this time women may become more emotional; they feel like they are on a rollercoaster.

Once a woman has made the transition to menopause (12 months without a period) estrogen levels have dropped to 60% and progesterone drops to nearly zero. Even though both are typically low, the situation creates an imbalance in the estrogen/ progesterone balance resulting in an estrogen dominance common in menopause.

Natural medicine, herbs and bio-identical hormone replacement can offer many women welcomed relief and assist you in feeling like your old self again. It is important to get a baseline of female hormones FSH, LH, Estradiol, DHEA, Progesterone, total and free testosterone, vitamin D and other basic blood work to establish a customized plan for you.

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