Unlocking the mystery of menopause: the adrenal glands

We're looking directly at a woman's abdomen, where her kidneys and adrenal glands are staring back at you. Great bra.

Picture this: you’re tossing and turning at night, drenched in sweat, experiencing hot flushes (or flashes, depending where you live!), and feeling your heart race.

These are common scenarios for many women navigating through perimenopause and menopause. But have you ever considered that heightened stress levels might intensify these symptoms? This is precisely why we here at My Vagina advocate for adrenal support during this significant life transition.

Navigating perimenopause

Typically kicking off in your mid-40s to 50s​1​, perimenopause varies in duration from one person to another, generally lasting between 2 to 7 years.

In Australia, the average woman is likely to encounter menopause – the cessation of menstrual periods – around the age of 51, give or take five years.

As menopause approaches, our ovaries wind down, producing less estrogen and progesterone, leading to the array of symptoms many experience.

The crucial role of adrenal glands during menopause​2,3​

Perched atop our kidneys, the adrenal glands are crucial hormone producers. Best known for generating adrenaline and cortisol, these hormones are integral to our stress response and the regulation of our sleep/wake cycles.

If you’re noticing issues like disrupted sleep, altered stress response, mood swings, or a dip in energy levels, it might be a signal that your adrenal glands need some TLC. Extended periods of stress can take a toll on these glands.

With the decline in ovarian function, the adrenal glands step up, producing a hormone that can transform into estradiol, a type of estrogen beneficial for bone, heart, and neurological health post-menopause. This highlights the significance of maintaining adrenal gland health during this phase.

Assessing your stress levels

Ask yourself: are you constantly on the go? Do you feel a constant hum of anxiety trying to cram everything into your day? Wishing for a few extra hours?

If you’re nodding along, these are signs of everyday stress that could be exacerbating symptoms like hot flushes, palpitations, and night sweats.

It’s not uncommon for those in perimenopause to juggle hefty responsibilities both at work and home. Yet, many women don’t acknowledge their stress, possibly because society has normalised this relentless balancing act.

Adrenal support in menopause management

In our clinical practice, we place a significant emphasis on adrenal health for women undergoing menopause. A touch of herbal adrenal support can make a world of difference in alleviating menopausal symptoms.

We advocate for a holistic approach, incorporating herbal remedies with lifestyle adjustments to mitigate stress triggers. Activities like yoga, meditation, and journaling can support adrenal health.

Following a consultation, we craft personalised herbal tonics tailored to support adrenal function and manage stress responses.

Here at My Vagina, we blend adrenal-supportive herbs with traditional menopausal herbs like black cohosh and sage to tackle symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats. The synergy of these herbs, tailored to each individual’s needs, often yields the best outcomes.

If you’re curious about how adrenal support could ease your menopausal journey, we’re here to guide you. Together, we can explore the herbal solutions that resonate best with your body and lifestyle. Book an appointment with one of our specialist practitioners, and we can smooth the transition to being period-free.


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Simone Jeffries - Vulvovaginal Specialist Naturopathic Practitioner (BHScN)

Simone Jeffries - Vulvovaginal Specialist Naturopathic Practitioner (BHScN)

Simone is a passionate naturopath with a special interest and training in vulvovaginal and gut health, candida, urinary tract infections and menopausal changes. Simone is a qualified, experienced naturopath, Certified Wellness Coach and a SIBO practitioner, certified with the SIBO Doctor. Simone has a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) from Endeavour College of Natural Medicine in Sydney, Australia, and is a member of the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA).