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Tension in Muscles

A feeling of increased muscle tension or pain may not be due to your workout but a result of hormonal fluctuation.

Muscle Tensions Menopause

What causes muscle tension?

One of estrogen’s roles is to regulate the stress hormone cortisol so as estrogen declines during menopause cortisol increases. In addition, we have lower progesterone levels which drop significantly in our 30s – progesterone is often called ‘Nature’s Valium. The lower estrogen also means we don’t utilise magnesium as well which is notable because it plays a key role in the contraction and relaxation of muscles. Put the three together – low estrogen, progesterone and magnesium and high cortisol for an extended period of time and it creates a perfect storm for muscle tension and cramping.

What can you do to help ease this symptom?

You need more magnesium and some aids for your estrogen and progesterone levels. 55+ is ideal for you (the numeric names are a guideline only) because it contains EstroG-100™ for hormone balance with added magnesium. You could also try adding a topical progesterone cream or Vitex (chaste tree) to your regime.

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This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.


Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.