Genemedics Health Institute shared this interesting and illuminating infographic on hormone imbalance with us. Enjoy.
When Hormones Go Wacko
About 80 percent of women worldwide experience different kinds of female hormone imbalance. In fact, an estimate of 2.2. billion women age 50 and above are presumed to experience female hormone imbalance by the year 2025.
Although female hormone imbalance may seem like a norm these days, it can still be remedied. With the right knowledge and information, women can live a normal life without having to suffer from the adverse effects of female hormone imbalance.
If you are already suffering from female hormone imbalance, there is a solution. Imbalances can be corrected through simple, natural, and practical ways such as staying active, eating healthy, and undergoing hormone replacement therapy.
You don’t have to be a part of the increasing 80 percent of women experiencing female hormone imbalance. Everything you need to know about female hormone imbalance is readily available for you to read here!
Your post is informative however I would warn against the use of very vague term “hormonal imbalance” since menopause is rather defined type of “hormonal imbalance”. Also, we should be careful in attaching “weight gain” to the menopause. Weight gain is not a direct consequence of menopause and it would be misleading for menopausal women to start blaming menopause for their weight gain. More than likely an imbalance of the input/output of food&energy is perpetrator and that should be addressed through lifestyle changes.
Don’t forget that estrogen dominance can interfere with the production, and utilization of thyroid hormone as well as testosterone which can lead to gaining weight in meno. Low T means that we lose muscle mass as well as other things like libido. Estrogen while very low in meno can still be higher than progesterone which is almost always much lower in meno than Estrogen. So if you are exhausted, and gaining weight because of being hypothyroid it can be very hard to exercise even though you want to.
I know this from personal experience, and much research trying to unravel the hormonal maze. I’m 67, and was without any HRT for the first number of years. But after starting HRT it took me a long time of experimenting to figure out that my system can’t tolerate 1 mg Bioidentical estradiol, or tri-est/bi-est just because others can. It’s WAY too much for me. It made everything so much worse. It was two years of hell! 1/2 mg bioidentical estradiol is plenty for me. But I remember back to when I was completely meno with no hrt, and the horrible anxiety, insomnia, and mood swings etc that came with it. And it was still that way after 6 yrs of no hormones. It seems that too much, or not enough causes bad problems. I do take BI progesterone too. Bottom line is that I don’t think I can quit hrt, and go back to just otc progesterone cream, and/or nothing else, or I will be the crazy old woman in town that everybody talks about. I barely cope as it is, lol.
It took along time reading posts from others to learn that my fibro like muscle pain which started the same time as meno is probably from menopause since my natural thyroid meds don’t touch it much. Also if your feet burn, and hurt to walk, that is related to meno also. Do a search for burning feet, and menopause. I found a thread with a whole bunch of women with that problem, interesting. Neither of these symptoms are in most of the lists of meno symptoms. I thought all along that I had some exotic disease. It would have helped had I found out much earlier. Meno is so much more than hot flashes. I am on the thinner side so don’t make as much estrogen in my fat cells.
Very nice blog, thank you. ~ Claudia
Thanks so much for your sharing, Claudia. Indeed, some of the weirdest symptoms have happened with menopause: burning mouth syndrome, for example. As for weight gain, the issue is so complex and so individual – I think that is why so many women who do change to the most healthy eating, lots of exercise, stress reduction lifestyle and still can’t lose the weight are so discouraged. It’s not as cut and dried as that, sadly. Like you, I have decided to remain on low dose BHRT – and it keeps me both sane and healthy. It’s unfortunate (read sucks a lot) that we have each to find our own way to symptom relief and management, but at least we have the support of one another. Otherwise, I don’t know how we’d make it through. Truly.