The medication of menopause and pre-menstrual conditions of the female reproductive cycle is of concern today.
Women are frequently given a prescription drug – and face possible addiction, when being medicated for ailments brought on by lifestyle preferences, that adversely affect the natural functioning of the female reproductive cycle.
Women in Western society, as with women throughout the world, are defined in their sexuality by having female reproductive organs,and an ability to bear children. Women’s sexuality is supported by hormonal regulation, that is called the estrus cycle. The estrus cycle is primarily regulated by the relative amounts of progesterone and estrogen in the female body at any given time.
In the normal estrus cycle, just prior to the monthly period, when a woman ovulates and the uterus is built up for possible pregnancy, there is naturally a dominance of estrogen in the body. Estrogen levels, relative to progesterone fall if pregnancy does not occur, and the monthly period follows – estrogen levels then rise again to support the next monthly cycle.
Menopause is an extended period during which the female reproductive cycle begins to close down, as from about the age of fifty, with gradually reduced levels of estrogen relative to progesterone.
In Western women, both the monthly period and the onset of menopause are often accompanied by extreme levels of stress, disorder, perceived pain and tension in body and mind.
Some people look foward with dread to the time just before the onset of the monthly period – anticipating related behavioral disturbances that are pathologized as PMS (Pre Menstrual Syndrome) and PMDD (Pre Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder). Symptoms of menopause often resemble PMS and or PMDD.
Symptoms include mood swings, emotional distress, panic attacks, outbursts of anger, uncontrolled weeping or feelings of sadness, poor body image, bloating, sleeplessness, sore breasts and loss of interest in sex. There can be, with menopause hot flushes, painful cramps and profuse sweating. Women can suffer fluid retention and weight gain.
Women who suffer from extreme symptoms with their monthly period, or with menopause are traditionally people to be avoided. The general attitude being that it is “women’s business” has contributed to a lack of support and to women being blamed for their condition – some say it is all in their head. Feelings of depression and anxiety can be more intense when women feel unloved and unsupported.
Western women often underplay the possible role of stress as contributing to these symptoms, and to their general feelings of “being out of control”. Stress can be work or parenting related, including responsibilities for older members of the family, an invalid spouse, unemployment and other forms of social upheaval and dislocation. Many women feel ashamed of their position, and do not reach out for help. Those who do, often settle for some kind of medication.
Estrogen dominance has been identified as the primary cause of “women’s troubles” – there is certainly a real and genuine cause for PMS, PMDD and menopausal symptoms, but the solution is not as easy, as has been earlier thought. Estrogen dominance (that means too much estrogen compared with progesterone levels in the body) causes the problems – but what causes the estrogen dominance.
It is not in fact all estrogens that cause the problem of estrogen dominance. It is the relative percentage of harmful estrogen metabolites to good estrogens, and progesterone which determines to what extent the body is at risk of health problems as a result of estrogen dominance.
Estrogen dominance, and particularly “bad estrogens” disrupts the adrenal and thyroid glands, the production of cortisol and prolactin, can make people feel either over active, or sluggish, tend to gain weight. It can also lead to cancers, fibroids and endometriosis.
Medical science has since WWII, come up with various kinds of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to try and address the issue of bad estrogen dominance. Although commonly used, these mainly synthetic drugs have never been safe, and have been proven to be a cause of cancer and other serious health problems in women. And, the use of a medication, does not get down to resolving the problem of estrogen dominance.
It is not estrogen dominance itself that causes the wide array of women’s problems. Bad estrogen gets into the system and is what causes the illness and disorders.
Bad estrogen is essentially created by toxicity and pollution – a lack of good health and balance in the body – and an overload of toxic substances. Toxins include alien estrogens such as xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens. Xenoestrogens come from chemicals, plastics and synthetic products that are toxic when they bind to estrogen receptors in the body.
Most phytoestrogens (plant based estrogens) are healthy, and support adequate progesterone levels. Good phytoestrogens are commonly found with other healthy plant chemicals, that enhance health in the body. such as polyphenols resveratrol and epigallocatechin.
The best way to deal with PMS and PMDD, and problems of menopause, is to get help for any psychological stress – and to eat good healthy food, get enough sleep, and regular exercise.
Studies have shown that for people who eat a basic diet consisting mainly of fresh fruit and vegetables with unprocessed food, who lead an unstressed lifestyle, symptoms associated with PMS, PMDD and menopause are virtually non-existent.
Doctors who medicate women with HRT, who use specific medications to treat the disruptions that bad estrogen dominance causes, as if they were separate and individual disorders do women a disservice.
Women addicted to antidpressants, anti anxiety medications, dependent on HRT don’t need any kind of medication at all for menopause, PMS and PMDD.
They need COMPREHENSIVE, DRUG FREE, NATURAL HELP for rehab and recovery.
Women will be happy and healthy again – if they resolve their conflicts by learning better life skills, detox from a toxic lifestyle, and begin – to take back control of their life.