Leslie Carol Botha: Dr. Jerilynn Prior has written an excellent article on what a woman should expect as she transitions into perimenopause. This should be a natural progression into the next phase of a woman’s life – menopause. However, hormone imbalance due to synthetic hormone use – compounded with xenoestrogens in our environment is now wreaking havoc on women’s lives at all ages… especially by the time they transition into menopause.
In an effort to bring estrogen and progesterone back into balance, Dr. Prior is advocating progesterone treatment for perimenopausal women whose symptoms are decreasing their quality of life. To read more, including a scientific article you can take to your doctor, read Progesterone for Symptomatic Perimenopause Treatment –Progesterone politics, physiology and potential for perimenopause
“Women can be doing everything right, living healthy lives without taking hormones and still end up in chaos in perimenopause–Dr. Prior tells us why.”
Women in midlife increasingly hear the words “estrogen deficiency” spoken as the ultimate in bad news. “Everyone knows” that low estrogen levels cause heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and frigidity. But as Dr. Susan Love (renowned breast surgeon and author of Dr. Susan Love’s Hormone Book) states, “If estrogen deficiency’s a disease, all men have it!” (1).
Our purpose here first is to put women’s midlife concerns into a new and more accurate hormonal picture. Specifically, I’d like to present new information about high estrogen levels in the perimenopause. Not low, not even normal, but estrogen levels that are higher than those of the (sexiest) 20 year old female! Secondly, I’ll discuss how a woman can tell when her estrogen levels are high and out of balance with progesterone, the other important hormone for women. And finally, we’ll review the many ways a woman can help herself through perimenopause, “Estrogen’s storm season!”
Estrogen’s Storm Season by Dr. Jerilynn Prior
Dr. Jerilynn Prior is also the author of Estrogen’s Storm Season Stories of Perimenopause. Dr. Prior tells the story of women in perimenopause through a unique blend of storytelling and scientific fact. This innovative approach to helping women earned Estrogen’s Storm Season Stories of Perimenopause a 2006 Independent publisher’s book award in the Health category.
Dr Prior is internationally known for controversial research on ovulation and bone health, perimenopause and progesterone.
According to Susan Love, MD, MBA, “Jerilynn Prior is one of the pioneers in actually studying what happens as women transition into menopause. Her voice is both authoritative and reassuring in this interesting book exploring the range of women’s experiences.”
Christiane Northrup, MD, said this about Dr. Prior’s book: “Estrogen’s Storm Season Stories of Menopause provides perimenopausal women (and their healthcare providers) with brilliant insights and practical solutions to help them weather the rigors of this important life stage.”