The modern woman is expected to integrate seamlessly into the busy 21st century, which has seen an unprecedented increase in the use of contraceptives and hormone therapies to control cycles, clear acne, prevent unwanted pregnancies and control symptoms of menopause. This has helped many, but created an unacceptable amount of trouble for many more. The problem is, most women don't recognise that it's the hormone imbalance causing the changes in their body, mind and health.

Symptoms of female hormone imbalances

Low progesterone
Mood swings and depression
Low libido, fatigue, foggy thinking
PMS, irregular menstrual cycle, heavy bleeding
Thyroid dysfunction
Fibroids, endometriosis
Gallbladder problems
Breast tenderness, fibrocystic breasts
Acne, brittle nails, dry cracked skin
Slow metabolism, weight gain around mid-section, sugary cravings
Migraines and headaches
Low oestrogen
Hot flushes
Night sweats
Disturbed sleep
Increased urinary tract infections and urinary incontinence
Loss of sexual desire and function
Changes in mood or depression
Memory problems
Breast changes, less firm
Thinner skin, less moisture
Loss of bone density, potentially leading to osteoporosis
Higher cholesterol levels
Low testosterone
Fatigue and exhaustion
Disturbed sleep
Loss of sexual desire and function
Loss of bone density, potentially leading to osteoporosis
Weight gain, difficulty losing weight
Mood swings, depression, low mood
Irregular menstrual cycle
Hair loss
Anorgasmia (inability to achieve orgasm)
Difficulty concentrating

Stages of menopause

Menopause is diagnosed when a woman has had no period for more than 12 months and the ovaries no longer produce ova (eggs).


This is the stage that leads up to peri-menopause as you get older. It can affect many women as early as their 30's and most woman to some degree in their 40's. It is possible to have normal periods throughout this process. While it may seem that everything is the way it should be, your body is already starting to prepare itself for the transition into menopause. Your oestrogen and progesterone levels begin to fluctuate seeing an increase in PMS or heavier periods – this is a common time for women to have hysterectomies, uterine fibroids or tumours.


This is the period immediately preceding the last period you will ever have. Usually from about 50 but could last till 55. The biggest change at this stage is the dramatic drop in oestrogen being produced by the ovaries.

Common symptoms now are:
  • Hot flushes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Irregular periods or heavy periods
  • Insomnia
  • Moodiness


At this point, your ovaries have stopped producing eggs and you've had no periods for 12 months already. All three female hormones drop to very low levels. If the hormones don't all drop at the same rate, one can continue to experience symptoms of:
  • Hot flushes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of libido
  • Brain fog
  • Poor memory
  • Raised blood pressure
  • Lowered thyroid function
  • Increased cholesterol levels
  • Weight gain

Surgical menopause

This involves the surgical removal of your uterus (sometimes along with your ovaries). You will have a sudden drop in all sex hormone levels. This sudden loss of hormones can cause severe symptoms and health problems, especially if you are young, unless adequate hormone replacement is provided.

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