Contrary to popular belief, Menopause is not simply the result of estrogen deficiency; although, estrogen levels do decline during the latter phases of a woman's reproductive cycle.

Estrogen levels drop by approximately 40% at menopause while progesterone levels plummet to approximately 90% of the pre-menopausal levels.   


It is the relative loss of progesterone that causes the majority of symptoms.
The disproportionate loss of progesterone begins in the latter stages of a woman’s reproductive cycle, while unbeknownst to her, the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle begins to malfunction.  


The malfunction is initiated when the remnant tissue of the follicle (corpus luteum), the primary source of progesterone, begins to lose its functional capacity.

By approximately age 35, many of these follicles fail to develop creating a relative progesterone deficiency. As a result, ovulation does not always occur and progesterone levels steadily decline.  


It is during this period that a relative progesterone deficiency, or what has become known as Estrogen Dominance, develops.  


Typical symptoms of estrogen dominance are: 


st george pain         Mood Swings: Irritability, Depression  

st george pain         Irregular Periods  

st george pain         Heavy Menstrual Bleeding  

st george pain         Hot Flashes  

st george pain         Vaginal Dryness  

st george pain         Water Retention  

st george pain         Weight Gain: Hips, Thighs and Abdomen  

st george pain         Sleep Disturbance (Insomnia, less REM sleep)  

st george pain         Decreased Libido  

st george pain         Headaches  

st george pain         Fatigue  

st george pain         Short-term Memory Loss  

st george pain         Lack of Concentration  

st george pain         Dry, Thin, Wrinkly Skin  

st george pain         Thinning of Scalp Hair  

st george pain         Increased Facial Hair  

st george pain         Bone Mineral Loss (Osteoporosis)  

st george pain         Diffuse Aches and Pain  


The most effective way to assess hormone status is to test saliva for the appropriate hormone levels.

The reason that saliva is the best method of testing is that "active" tissue
levels are measured, opposed to serum testing in which essentially measures the "inactive" levels.