Today, Dr. Landa continues the discussion and includes the role of estrogen dominance. I always say that perimenopause is a full body contact sport. Coping effectively with the symptoms requires that you come at it from several different angles.
While fluctuating levels of progesterone, and even cortisol, are a big part of the problem when it comes to what causes anxiety during perimenopause , estrogen dominance is an equal part of the problem as well.
But, don’t despair ladies. If you think this mountain is just too high for you to climb, it’s not. You can effectively manage your symptoms. It takes patience, knowledge, and the right type of therapies to help you get through it. But, get through it you will. I promise!
If you are interested in looking into bioidentical hormone therapy, check out Dr. Landa’s bio at the end of the post. You can also click on the Body LogicMD graphic in my sidebar, and it will take you to their site where you can locate a physician near you.
Not only do fluctuating levels of progesterone, and the stress hormone, cortisol, cause anxiety during perimenopause, but compounding the whole problem is the issue of estrogen dominance.
When progesterone declines, women often suffer from estrogen dominance, which means that she doesn’t have enough progesterone to keep up with the amount of estrogen.
This leads to symptoms like anxiety, sleeplessness, irritability, mood swings, breast tenderness, weight gain, bloating and more. This problem is further aggravated by the presence of xenoestrogens – estrogen-like compounds that exist in the environment.
These can be in the form of chemicals in household products, such as shampoo and body lotion. Harmful ingredients in these products include parabens, like methyl, ethyl and propylparaben. People are also exposed to hormones through food. Sadly, hormones are injected into chicken and cows that are raised to be a part of the human food supply.
The solution is to decrease your exposure to xenoestrogens and decrease stress through relaxation techniques, such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, massage, deep breathing, etc. It is important to evaluate stressors in your life and remove what you can. There are supplements that may be helpful for decreasing cortisol production including B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium and ashwagandha – just to name a few.
Some women may need support with progesterone supplementation. If you suspect these issues, you can obtain hormone testing with a hormone specialist who can guide you in the proper supplementation of progesterone that will help restore balance and your peace of mind.
Dr. Jennifer Landa is the Chief Medical Officer for BodyLogicMD and practices anti-aging and preventive medicine at BodyLogicMD of Orlando , helping women and men suffering from menopause, andropause and other hormone imbalances achieve a longer, better life. Using individual, customized wellness programs tailored to address each patient’s specific, personal needs, Dr. Landa combines customized nutrition and fitness regimens, pharmaceutical-grade supplements, stress reduction techniques and natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to ensure her patients enjoy restored energy, improved mental clarity and the highest quality of life possible.
Dr. Landa stresses the importance of treating the whole patient by finding the root of the issue, instead of simply using a one-size-fits-all treatment approach for individual symptoms. her practice emphasizes the prevention of disease and encouraging optimal overall health, rather than tackling illness once it has already occurred. Dr. Landa is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience to ensure each and every patient can enjoy living life to the fullest. The BodyLogicMD of Orlanda office is located at 175 Lookout Place, Suite 200 Maitland, FL 32751. P: (407) 287-6315