Menopause

Most women will go through menopause sometime between the ages of 45 and 55, but each woman’s experience of menopause can differ. It is marked as “the change in life”

Menopause is the time when a woman’s monthly periods stop. Usually for over 12 months, otherwise she could be going through the peri menopause, when periods become more erratic and irregular.

The menopause can be an unsettling time in a woman’s life, although some women go through it with no problems.It can be very distressing period for many women, with multitude of hormonal deficiency states. This can significantly affect their quality of life, their relationships and their self image

It doesn’t happen at a particular age or last for a fixed period of time, and it can cause a variety of different symptoms, both physical and emotional.

Symptoms

  • Hot flushes
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings from anxiety to depression, irritability
  • Lack of energy
  • Low libido and a lack of interest in sex.
  • Joint pains
  • Skin sensations such as itching and crawling
  • low stress tolerance
  • Insomnia
  • Wrinkling skin
  • Memory decline
  • Poor concentration
  • Vaginal dryness

    Health risks- As a result of declining levels of hormones, this could lead to a higher risk of osteoporosis, and risk of fractures, heart disease and heart attacks, high blood pressure and stroke.

    Management

    Unpleasant symptoms can be reduced by improving lifestyle, sometimes just simply changing your dietary habits and introducing regular exercise.

    • Healthy diet- plenty of fresh whole foods, increase fluid intake, avoid alcohol and caffeine
    • Exercise- largely a mixture of cardio and weight resistance exercise to keep the heart healthy and prevent osteoporosis.
    • Avoid smoking to prevent osteoporosis
    • Positive thinking and relaxation strategies with mindfulness meditation and breath work exercises. Psychological therapies and effective coaching to go through the life change.
    • Hormone Replacement therapy- synthetic or HRT, or for a more individualised prescription the use of Bio- identical
    • hormones, which also allows replacement of several hormonal deficiencies prescribed to suit the individual need.
    • Herbs and natural therapies- through a the assistance of a naturopath and integrative doctor, as certain herbs could interact with other medication you may be taking.
    • Regular pap smears and mammograms