The ebb and flow of a woman’s sex hormones have a natural rhythm, and a woman may experience as many as 500 menstrual cycles from puberty to menopause. A woman’s menstrual rhythm may be influenced by factors that include her lifestyle, genetics, chemical exposures, current and past health, history of pregnancy and childbirth, and even her mother’s health in pregnancy. The phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle depend on certain hormones (such as estrogen and progesterone) triggering one another as their levels naturally rise and fall in a carefully orchestrated fashion.
However, in modern times of high stress, pollution, and unbalanced diets, many women’s menstrual cycles lose their delicate hormonal balance.
For premenopausal women (generally under the age of 45), problems with estrogen balance may manifest as premenstrual syndrome, irregular menstrual cycles, fibrocystic breast disease, endometriosis, dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramping), and/or menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding). During perimenopause (generally between the ages of 45 and 55) women can also experience problems with estrogen balance, but at this time it may manifest as hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety attacks, and/or heart palpitations.
What is the Estrium Program?
The Estrium Program consists of Estrium medical food and a specially designed dietary plan. Estrium is a powdered medical food that contains a combination of selected nutrients and phytonutrients that nutritionally support important metabolic (biochemical) functions in your body. The specific nutrients and food components in Estrium nutritionally support the recommended dietary changes and give your body additional help in achieving balanced hormonal cycles. You can use Estrium with the dietary plan described in this guide or with an alternative dietary plan individually tailored by your healthcare practitioner. In some cases, we may recommend additional nutritional support to meet your individual needs.