Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Post Menopause

Updated April 17, 2017

Menopause can trigger a range of uncomfortable symptoms in middle-aged and older women. Over time, their inability to produce reproductive hormones can, once they reach postmenopause, put them at risk of developing serious health problems that should be medically monitored and addressed.


Menopause occurs when a woman loses the ability to produce eggs and, over time, the ability to produce oestrogen and progesterone. Although a natural part of the ageing process, many women develop uncomfortable side effects.


Symptoms a woman may include: hot flushes and night sweats, vaginal dryness and sensitivity, reduced libido, irritability, sleeplessness, anxiety attacks, depression, urinary incontinence, forgetfulness, thinning hair, loss of breast fullness, and increased abdominal fat

Post-menopausal Complications

Post-menopausal women are at increased risk for: osteoporosis (bone loss), decreased metabolism, increased body fat percentage, gastrointestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, and oral discomfort such as dry mouth.

Higher Heart Disease Risk

After menopause, women also are at risk for fatty build-up around arteries, which increases the risk of developing heart disease, as well as impaired function of endothelial cells that line the blood vessels, which can lead to heart attacks, blood clots and stroke.

Medical Therapies

The success rates of conventional therapies vary. The therapies have potentially serious short- and long-term side effects. Contraceptives have mixed results and may increase cancer risk. Hormone replacement therapy increases cancer risk as well as risk for blood clots or stroke and raises triglyceride levels. Anti-depressants may lower blood pressure.

Natural Therapies

Naturopathic remedies including taking vitamin E and consuming phytoestrogens, which are oestrogen-like substances found in food, such as soy and legumes, have mixed success rate and may cause drug interactions. Lifestyle changes can help, such as avoiding caffeine, spicy foods and alcohol and exercising to improve mood, maintain healthy weight and strengthen bones.

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About the Author

Barbara Bryant has been writing professionally for 25 years. She has contributed to "The Military Engineer" and ASCE's "Civil Engineering" magazines as well as many other publications. Through newsletters and blogs, Bryant specializes in health and fitness topics, drawing on expertise from personal trainers and a naturopathic doctor.