6 tips to stop mid-life hormones ruining your career
How mid-life hormones can impact your work and life
Your hormones after 40
After 40, your hormones can go a bit haywire. These are the peri-menopausal years leading up to your periods finally stopping. It’s a bit like going through puberty but without the raging sex hormones!
10 common symptoms caused by mid-life hormones
1. PMS – your periods may be irregular or they can be more heavy and painful than ever before.
2. Brain fog & memory loss – fluctuating oestrogen levels coupled with stress can fog up your brain.
3. Fatigue – finding it hard to get up in the morning, energy dips throughout the day or just plain exhausted at night, fatigue is a common symptom.
4. Weight gain – hormones can cause weight loss resistance in spite of all your efforts to control your diet.
5. Hot flushes (flashes) – these happen when oestrogen is fluctuating and messing with your thermo-regulation control. Cortisol (stress) can exacerbate this.
6. Mood swings – you can feel depressed, happy, emotional, angry, snappy – all for no apparent reason. Again caused by fluctuating hormones.
7. Sex drive – declining oestrogen and testosterone, along with increased cortisol levels, can crash your libido.
8. Sugar cravings – stress and hormone imbalances can make you feel like killing for that mid-afternoon chocolate bar (or those after dinner TV nibbles).
9. Anxiety – sometimes you can feel anxious about something that never used to bother you. This is often due to an imbalance in your neurotransmitter hormones (stress, thyroid and oestrogen all involved here too!).
10. Adrenal fatigue – after years of a demanding job, your stress resilience can suffer. This is a sign that your adrenals are struggling to cope and you need to slow down.
What are the solutions?
Help and advice can be confusing or hard to come by, and going to the Doctor can also be frustrating. HRT seems to be the only option and can be very effective, but comes with risks and potential side effects.
My top 6 tips to deal with those mid-life hormones:
Prior JC. Perimenopause: The complex endocrinology of the menopausal transition. Endocr Rev. 1998;19:397-428.
Albert K, Broadwell C, Newhouse PA. Estrogen, menopause, and mood regulation. Menopausal Medicine. 2011;19(3):S8–S12
Hays B (2010) Female Hormones: The Dance of the Hormones, Part 1. In: Jones D, ed. Textbook of Functional Medicine, USA, Institute of Functional Medicine.
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