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Bella Wellbeing - Menopause

Menopause

Menopause literally means a ‘pause’ in your ‘menses’ (period) and usually occurs between the ages of 45-55 years old. It is a perfectly normal transition for a woman, it is not a disorder, which may or may not need supportive treatment.

Menopause is triggered naturally when the body produces less estrogen and progesterone; subsequently, the ovaries stop producing eggs, and menstruation slows and eventually ceases altogether. A woman is considered menopausal once she hasn’t had a period for a whole year. Before this transition she is ‘peri-menopausal’ where an estimate of 70% of women experience symptoms due to fluctuating levels of hormones as the body readjusts itself. You might start to notice symptoms as early as 10–15 years before your period completely stops or it could be just a few months before you’re “officially” in menopause.

How natural therapies can help you

Menopause is a natural event in a woman’s life and should be a time that is embraced and a time for a woman to enjoy! A naturopathic approach will aim to encourage you to have a positive attitude toward the menopause and give you the tools that enable you to go through this transition comfortably, easily, contently and as naturally as possible.

Fortunately, there are many highly effective herbal and nutritional remedies for the relief of all peri-menopausal symptoms. Naturopathic medicine treats on every level that the woman is affected - mentally, emotionally and physically. The wonderful thing about herbal and nutritional treatment is it can be tailored to not only the individual’s symptoms but also the triggers behind their symptoms. As the ovaries stop producing oestrogen our bodies have back-up systems to compensate for these changes. But the cumulative effects of poor diet, lack of sleep, chronic stress, lack of exercise, and environmental toxins often undermine our bodies and our hormones get pushed out-of-sync. Once this happens, the problem tends to escalate, unless you take the time and effort to give your body the kind of support it needs to restore hormonal balance.

Herbs may be prescribed to work directly on the adrenal glands (especially if stress is a major trigger), the ovaries, the pituitary gland and/or thyroid gland. Some herbs contain oestrogen receptor modifiers that help regulate these declining levels without any risk of over-stimulation and as such can be more advantageous than hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This is true for any women especially those who have a history of breast or other reproductive cancers.

A heavy emphasis is placed on diet, stress reduction techniques and lifestyle modifications as they can all play an important part in relieving symptoms and ensuring a smoother transition into and post menopause.

Whilst alleviating menopausal symptoms is the primary focus your long-term health is also benefited. The decline in oestrogen production has other important effects. The bones no longer retain as much calcium and phosphorus as oestrogen is needed for good bone health. A condition called osteoporosis can result, in which bones become soft, and even minor stresses can result in fractures. Decreased oestrogen production is also associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Appropriate dietary or lifestyle information will be provided so that they can be used to ensure optimal vitality and health for many years to come.

Book in for a Bella Wellbeing Naturopathic Consultation today and say goodbye to your peri-menopausal symptoms!

Common Peri-menopausal Symptoms:


Hot flushes; night sweats; vaginal/skin and eye dryness; fluid retention; increased weight; depression and anxiety; poor memory and concentration; low libido; insomnia etc. These symptoms and the extent these symptoms interfere with a woman’s daily life can vary from woman to woman. (However, please be aware these symptoms sometimes are not caused by menopause but by other aspects of aging).


 

Please note:

When you should contact your doctor:

- Bleeding, no matter how light, which occurs one year after the last menstrual period.

- Bleeding after sex

- Persistently heavy periods

- Mid-cycle bleeding or bleeding between periods

- Pain, if never experienced before