Menopause Hormone Bounce
By Sandra Lovelace
Women who are experiencing irregular periods, night sweats and all the other lovely symptoms that go along with menopause may feel they're doing a crazy dance called the menopause hormone bounce. Their moods may bounce up and down like a rubber ball due to the menopause hormone changes.
While some fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone hormone levels does occur during menopause and makes a woman feel as if they're bouncing, menopause hormone levels are truly decreasing. In the early or perimenopause stage as it's often called, the changes may be slight, then level off. This is likely to be followed by another drop in hormone levels. It's this dropping and leveling off, then dropping and leveling off that causes a woman to feel as if she's undergoing menopause hormone bouncing.
When seen this way, the ups and downs of menopause hormone levels is more understandable and explains why women often feel as if they're at the mercy of their hormones. They are. The constant decreasing and adjusting involved in menopause hormones is not something that can be controlled without the use of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). HRT smoothes out the menopause hormone levels and keeps many of the more unpleasant menopause symptoms and conditions from wrecking havoc with a woman's life.
HRT is not for everyone, though. Only women who are experiencing extreme menopause hormone problems should opt for HRT treatment. Even then, HRT isn't recommended for long-term use. HRT is, however, necessary for women who have an induced menopause hormone condition due to surgery. Though HRT may be somewhat controversial, it is still one of the most reliable and effective treatments for menopause hormone problems and should be considered by any woman who is going through a dramatic menopause.
Women who have milder menopause hormone conditions may be helped by herbal remedies for menopause. Many herbs such as black cohosh, St. John's Wort and valerian have been found to offer relief for many menopause hormone problems. Before taking anything, a woman should see her doctor and have a good physical examination and make sure that any medicines or herbs are safe for her particular menopause hormone symptoms. Never take a label's word for it that it's safe. Get your doctor's advice first because the last thing you want to do is add to your menopause woes!