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The Complete Guide To Decoding Hormones For Women Over 40

Science defines menopause as “the cessation of menstrual periods for at least 12 consecutive months.” And perimenopausedescribes the last years of a woman’s reproductive life. Both perimenopause and menopause often come with a lot of new experiences–from hot flashes to sleep troubles to vaginal dryness–all pointing back to three key hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol.

Estrogen: Known as the “female hormone,” estrogen facilitates most of our reproductive processes but is also responsible for supporting critical physiological elements like cardiovascular and bone health. During perimenopause, our ovaries start producing less estrogen–somewhat unpredictably. Lower levels of estrogen can be the cause of common (and natural, mind you) menopausal experiences like vaginal dryness and hot flashes.

Progesterone: Progesterone, sometimes called the “chill hormone,” is produced by our ovaries, uterus, and adrenal glands. It’s known for helping regulate the menstrual cycle but also has a role to play in soothing our mood and sleep. During perimenopause, progesterone levels naturally decrease. But because progesterone is known for balancing out estrogen, this can mean higher levels of estrogen, or estrogen dominance–which has been connected to unpredictable periods, more PMS, and general mood swings.

For some women, the mood swings of perimenopause can feel even more volatile than PMS–and Wile decided to do something about it! Their herbal Un-Anger Tincture, formulated with kava, chaste tree berry, lavender, milk thistle, and hawthorn berry, is designed to soothe irritability, anger, and stress.* Just one to two dropperfuls under the tongue or in your favorite tea and you have a go-routine for when that edginess comes around.*

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