Women, estrogen & mood - the connection across the female life-span


40% of women have some premenstrual symptoms.

We commonly refer to PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) when describing the uncomfortable physical and emotional symptoms that occur in the days leading up to a woman’s period. Nearly 1 in 10 women are especially sensitive to the sudden drop in estrogen at the end of the cycle, and experience unmanageable physical discomfort along with feelings of sadness, irritability and anxiety. These symptoms can interfere with relationships and daily living. Fortunately, they are completely treatable.

A first step in understanding your own experience is to use the Premenstrual Symptom Chart to monitor your experience over 2-3 cycles.

What helps?

bullet Eat well, continue to exercise if possible, and get additional rest
bullet Avoid major tasks or decisions at this time of your cycle
bullet Low dose birth control pill or a 5-day premenstrual medication
bullet Complementary medicine
bullet Supportive counseling


Transition to menopause

The same hormonal changes responsible for PMS also affect women during the perimenopausal transition. Most women have symptoms long before their periods become irregular. The average age of complete menopause is 51, but it ranges from mid-40’s to late 50’s. The entire transition can take up to 7 years - which is much too long to just "hang on".

The classic symptoms of perimenopause include hot flashes or night sweats, sleep disruption, memory problems and distractability. Many women also experience moodiness and changes in sexual desire or response.

Make yourself more comfortable

bullet Eat well, exercise regularly, and practice good sleep habits.
bullet Hormone supplements and vitamins
bullet Complementary medicine
bullet Supportive counseling

Don't hesitate to call Shoshana Center (651) 645-5504 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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