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In my opinion, progesterone is one of the most under estimated of the sex hormones. We hear a lot of talk about the role of oestrogen but it is the ratio of these two hormones not being balanced that has a significant effect on our bodies and symptoms.

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Herbs have been used for centuries to help balance hormones and minimise symptoms of PMS and the perimenopause, but in the western world, the modern day medicine practices had taken over. With more women turning towards more natural practices to manage the symptoms of their hormones imbalances, the use of herbs has becomes more prevalent.

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The transitional phase leading up to the menopause, is know as the perimenopause. It’s the time when production of the female hormones that drive the menstrual cycle start to decline (usually around our mid-forties but can start as early as 35 in some cases) and it is this stage that you are considered to be perimenopausal. It’s also the time when most of the symptoms actually occur and cause hormonal havoc.

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Are you struggling to focus and concentrate, have difficulty with your short term memory and feel confused and in a mental fog? You go upstairs and forget what for, you find things in the fridge that should be in the store cupboard and you lose your train of thought mid-conversation.

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There is alot of confusion around hormone testing, whether it is worth doing, what tests you should be requesting from your GP and what you need to be referred to privately via a qualified health practitioner.

In this blog post, I aim to shed some light for you.

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The last 10 years have been pretty turbulent for me personally. I’ve been divorced, moved house 3 times (soon to be 4!), been made redundant from my corporate job, gone back to college, started a business and of course had 2 babies who are turning into pretty awesome little people!

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