Menopause

 

Menopause represents the end of menstruation. While technically it refers to the final period, it is not an abrupt event, but a gradual process. Menopause is not a disease that needs to be cured, but a natural life-stage transition. Most women reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, the average being around 51. Menopause before the age of 40 is called ‘premature menopause’ and before the age of 45 it is called ‘early menopause’.

 

What causes Menopause?

Menopause is a natural transition in a woman’s life. By the time a woman reaches menopause her ovaries begin to shut down, producing less estrogen and progesterone and releasing eggs less often. The gradual decline of estrogen causes a wide variety of changes in tissues that respond to estrogen—including the vagina, vulva, uterus, bladder, urethra, breasts, bones, heart, blood vessels, brain, skin, hair, and mucous membranes. Over the long run, the lack of estrogen can make a woman more vulnerable to osteoporosis (which can begin in the 40s) and heart disease.

 

Adrenal function in Menopause:

Adrenal hormones are important to healthy menstruation, and stress is known to affect the menstrual cycle. The adrenal glands are the only source of testosterone in women, and after menopause are the only source of the female hormones, oestrogen and progesterone. When women enter perimenopause and menopause, the ovaries slow their production of oestrogen and progesterone, and the adrenal glands have to pick up the slack for menopause to proceed smoothly. If the adrenals are already fatigued, it may be more difficult to meet this extra demand for hormone production. Support for healthy adrenal function can often provide help in this situation.

 

What symptoms are associated with Menopause?

Menopausal symptoms affect about 70% of women approaching menopause. Changing hormonal levels in the female reproductive system causes typical menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes or night sweats. Almost all women notice early symptoms while still having periods. This stage of gradually falling and fluctuating hormone levels is called peri-menopause, which often begins in the early 40s.

 

The most common symptoms are:

  • hot flashes

  • night sweats

  • insomnia

  • mood swings/irritability

  • memory or concentration problems

  • vaginal dryness

  • heavy bleeding

  • fatigue

  • depression

  • hair changes

  • headaches

  • heart palpitations

  • low libido and vaginal dryness

  • urinary changes

  • weight gain

 

Long-term health risks with menopause

A decrease in female hormones after menopause may lead to:

 

 

How the team at Naturally Dynamic Health help?

We view menopause as a normal transition phase which affects women in their passage through life and which may need supportive treatment. Rather than encouraging mid-life women to believe they have a disease, we encourage menopausal women to adopt positive lifestyle changes, good eating patterns and a positive attitude to this phase. Diet has a direct influence on menopausal symptoms and changing dietary intake of various food containing natural oestrogens (phyto-oestrogens) reduces hot flushes and symptoms associated with vaginal dryness. Our naturopaths may also prescribe nutritional or herbal supplements which may improve the symptoms commonly experienced during this time in order to make this transition phase easier. Book an appointment to see our professional Naturopaths to assist you in your journey through menopause.

 

 

 

 

 

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