Constipation in Menopause is not unusual.

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

Hormonal fluctuation such as lower estrogen and progesterone levels affect the digestive system causing slow motility and constipation. Hormones act as chemical messengers in the body that help regulate many functions, the decline in estrogen and progesterone, specifically, cause changes including constipation.

When estrogen declines levels of cortisol rise. Increased levels of cortisol in the body slows the digestion process decreasing movement in the colon which leads to constipation.

Declining levels of progesterone can cause stools to stay in the colon longer. The longer the stool stays in the colon the more they dry out which leads to small, dry, hard stools that are difficult to pass.

So what can you do to improve motility?

  1. Get sex hormones checked and balance the ones that are low using homeopathic hormones which are safe and effective.
  2. Get thyroid hormones checked and optimize them using hormone therapy.
  3. Exercise, gentle stretches and walking improves motility.
  4. Improve the diet, incorporating more fruits and vegetables, both of which improve motility. Beets relieve constipation and deliver much needed nutrients to the body, thereby improving digestive and liver health. The liver is an important organ for hormone and thyroid health.

Consider using Life's Healthiest Whole Food Nutritional Therapy blends such as Happy Hormones and Beet Food Therapy Blends by The Beet Lady to balance hormones and improve motility.

DesBio Homeopathic Thyroid Hormones are also options.