The connection between the adrenals and menopause is a very strong and purposeful one! When your ovaries decide to “retire”, adrenals pick the hormone load up. When our hormone levels drop in the ovaries, the adrenal glands, situated above the kidneys, help to take over female hormonal production.
At the same time, they continue to produce hormones, testosterone, cortisol and adrenaline - the hormones that give us the drive to wake in the morning and deal with ongoing stressors of the day.
This influences the severity of symptoms that are experienced during menopause such as hot flashes, trouble sleeping, mood swings, and WEIGHT GAIN!
I see the increased severity of menopausal-related symptoms in women who have experienced a consistent high level of internal and external stress.
So I can't stress enough how important it is to support your adrenals when you get close to perimenopause or menopause.
You can get to menopause gracefully without all those annoying symptoms ladies!