Female-specific stages, symptoms and conditions I can help you with:

During a woman’s life she’ll go through 4 stages of hormone fluctuations, with each one presenting its own challenges. I’m particularly passionate about helping women through these stages (it’s actually where the “4” in Wellness 4 Women comes from) and can help guide you if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms or conditions below.

Premenopause: This is the longest stage a woman goes through, as it starts when your menstrual cycle begins and ends when it stops. You’ll have more consistent hormonal fluctuations month-to-month, which is what leads to regular or semi-regular periods. The most common age group represented in this stage is teens through those in their 30s. You may experience:

  • Acne
  • Endometriosis
  • PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
  • PMS, including menstrual cramps, mood swings (irritability, anxiety, depression), bloating, breast tenderness and nausea

Fertility: This is the stage when both you and your partner are capable of conceiving. While this stage does occur in both the premenopause and perimenopause stages, because of the rising rates in infertility we look at it as its own area. If you find you’re unable to conceive after 12 months of trying, you are technically considered infertile and may benefit from addressing some of these potential reasons why. Potential reasons for infertility:

  • Autoimmunity
  • Chronic stress
  • Increased environmental toxin exposure
  • Food sensitivities and intolerances
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Inflammation
  • Obesity
  • PCOS  

Perimenopause: This is the “menopause transition” stage that occurs before you become menopausal. It typically starts in the mid-40s, lasting anywhere from three to 10 years. However, we’ve seen this stage occur in women as early as their 30s especially if they experience excess stressors. Ovulation and fertility start to slow down, while your hormone production becomes erratic. This is the stage I address most often with my clientele. You may experience:

  • Brain fog
  • Breast tenderness
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Dry skin
  • Estrogen dominance, which can increase your risk for fibrocystic breasts, ovarian cysts, hormonal-based cancers (breast, uterine) and uterine fibroids
  • Fatigue
  • Hot flashes or night sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Irregular heartbeat or racing heart
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Mood swings
  • Sluggish metabolism
  • Weight gain, especially in the abdomen, hips, buttocks or thighs
  • Worsening PMS

Menopause: You’re considered menopausal once you miss 12 consecutive menstrual cycles. This stage marks the end of your reproductive capabilities, as your ovaries are no longer releasing eggs. Because of this your estrogen plummets, and it’s now your fat cell’s job to produce this hormone. This stage typically occurs in the early 50s, however, again, it is possible to have an early onset if you’re excessively stressed. You may experience:

  • Emotional changes (mood changes, irritability, depression)
  • Endometrial cancer risk
  • Heart disease risk
  • Hot flashes or night sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Osteopenia or osteoporosis
  • Urinary urgency
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain, especially in the abdominal area