Dr. Dave and I share a video about women’s hormones in our 40’s.
So, here we are diving into our first video in the “Life in our 40’s” series. I’m not even sure how to begin this…Except to say: Who’s idea was this!? After making our announcement a few weeks ago, and getting alllll kinds of excited about this series, (and hearing from so many of you who are also looking forward to it!)…reality hit.
Now we actually have to talk about this stuff??
I was unsure on so many levels: How much do people already know about these topics? (do we start super basic or dive deep, quick?) How personal should I get? Do you want short and sweet or more chatty? Dave has been trying to guess how much medical information people are really interested in. Basically: This is complicated.
And I almost just called the whole thing off.
But no — we knew we just needed to do this thing. We’ll just have to learn as we go. (Dave said this is our beta test. :))
We decided to lay a foundation today with the one topic that affects almost every other topic: HORMONES. Hormones are behind our menstrual cycles (or lack thereof), our moods, our bodily changes, our skin, our sex life, and just about everything else. So we decided to start right there. With hormones.
I hope you can take a few minutes to watch Dave and my conversation, and then we welcome your feedback.
A few take home points from the video:
1. Hormones control almost everything in your body.
2. Hormones are like notes in the music of life….(or something.)
(and Dave is a poet. 🙂 )
3. The main hormones that affect us in our 40’s are Estrogen and Progesterone. They are made in our ovaries. Our ovaries “quiet down” in our 40’s and 50’s. Our levels of both hormones begin to drop then, which is called: “peri-menopause”.
4. The average age of menopause is 52; by the end of it our ovaries will no longer be producing estrogen or progesterone– at least in significant amounts. (Then we get old.) (and now I’m officially depressed. #kiddingnotkidding.)
4. If you get blood lab work done in your 40’s, they will check your FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) levels. A high level of FSH level will be a sign that your estrogen and progesterone are dropping. As Dave said, the FSH is basically “yelling” at your ovaries to produce more and they are not listening, thus the increased levels of FSH.
We Moms understand how the FSH feels.
5. Some things caused by decreased levels of estrogen and progesterone:
- Irregular periods. (usually less time in-between.) Lighter periods. (we didn’t mention it in the video, but sometimes women get heavier periods.) Irregular is the key.
- Mood changes: Decreased serotonin can affect the brain and cause anxiety, depression
- Sleep disturbances.
- appetite (and body composition) changes.
- bone density changes.
- Skin changes — drier skin, less collagen. i.e. wrinkles.
6. Exercise and a healthy diet are both important during peri-menopause and menopause.
Both of these will help you get through these years feeling as good as possible.
7. Future videos will further discuss specifics of menopause, as well as things you CAN DO to get through all of this as well as possible.
Sorry if this video is a bit long, and not full of rainbows and unicorns. Remember: We’re going through it with you! Thank you so much for watching! Happier topics are ahead…Like bladder leakage, osteoporosis, and dentures. (coupons for Depends may be included.)
COMMENT!? Did anything we discuss resonate with you? Have you had blood work done to check your hormones? Any signs that you, too, are at “the beginning of the end?” Other comments, topic suggestions, feedback or happy stories are always welcome here.
Monica and Dave