Menopause happens because the woman's ovaries stop producing hormones estrogen and progesterone. It is the time that marks the end of your menstrual cycles. It can happen in your 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51 in the United States.
Menopause is a natural biological process. But the physical symptoms, such as hot flashes, and emotional symptoms of menopause may disrupt your sleep, lower your energy or affect emotional health.
In the months or years leading up to menopause (perimenopause), you might experience these signs and symptoms:
- Irregular Periods
- Vaginal Dryness
- Hot Flashes
- Night Sweats
- Sleep Problems
- Mood Changes
- Weight Gain & Slowed Metabolism
- Thinning Hair & Dry Skin
- Loss of Breast Fullness
Each woman’s experience of menopause is different. Hot flashes are the most common menopause-related discomfort. Night sweats are hot flashes at night that interfere with sleep. The sleep disturbances that stem from hot flashes and night sweats can certainly make a woman irritable. The drop in estrogen around menopause leads to vaginal atrophy (the drying and thinning of vaginal tissues) in many women. It can cause a feeling of vaginal tightness during sex along with pain, burning, or soreness.
CBD may be an alternative, helping to maintain normal emotional balance and a likelihood of promoting the maintenance of physical and mental well-being. It may work on the body in a range of ways to help menopause symptoms. Of particular interest is the way it interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the body. The body’s endocannabinoid system works by interacting with chemical messengers, including CBD. This system plays an essential role in many bodily functions and other aspects of health, including immune function, pain, memory, sleep, mood regulation, and temperature regulation.
Menopause seems to disrupt the endocannabinoid system. There are cannabinoid receptors throughout the female reproductive system, so it is possible that CBD may support the reduce some of the symptoms relating to menopause.