A Naturopathic Approach to Menopause
A naturopathic approach to menopause looks at women in a holistic way, taking into account all aspects of the transition, including physical and emotional to provide the very best support.
What is Menopause?
Menopause is the point in a woman’s life when her menstrual periods permanently cease and in medical terms as “not having a menstrual period for 12 months.” It occurs due to the ovaries reducing hormone production of oestrogen and progesterone. Menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years. It typically occurs in the late 40s to early 50s and brings about a variety of physical and emotional changes.
What is Perimenopause?
Perimenopause is the period leading up to menopause. A transition phase, that often starts in the mid-40s but can vary among individuals. Irregular periods, mood swings, and hot flushes are common during perimenopause, due the fluctuation of hormones as the ovaries begin to wind down.
Common Symptoms of Menopause
- Hot flushes and night sweats: Sudden waves of heat and sweating.
- Irregular periods: Menstrual cycles become unpredictable before stopping completely.
- Vaginal dryness: Reduced lubrication leading to discomfort during intercourse.
- Sleep disturbances: Insomnia or disrupted sleep patterns.
- Mood changes: Mood swings, irritability, and anxiety may occur.
- Changes in libido: Some women experience a decrease in sexual desire.
- Physical changes: Skin and hair changes, weight gain, and bone density loss.
What Health Issues Are Associated With Menopause?
- Bone health: Oestrogen decline can lead to decreased bone density, increasing the risk of osteoporosis.
- Heart health: Oestrogen also plays a role in maintaining cardiovascular health; its decrease can impact heart health.
- Weight management: Metabolism changes may make weight management more challenging.
Managing Symptoms of Menopause
Holistic management of the symptoms of menopause typically includes Herbal medicines, specific supplements, dietary modifications, regular exercise and stress management. Some women may choose to use medically prescribed HRT (hormone replacement therapy) if required.
Emotional Wellbeing During Menopause
Menopause can bring about emotional changes due to hormonal fluctuations. Seeking support from friends, family, or professionals can help manage mood swings and anxiety.
Self-Care Strategies During Menopause
- Prioritise sleep: Establishing a consistent sleep schedule and create a comfortable sleep environment. This can be challenging due to insomnia being a menopausal symptom. Naturopathic treatment can be very helpful to support your sleep.
- Stay active: Engage in regular physical activity to boost mood and bone health.
- Balanced diet: Consume nutrient-rich foods to support overall health.
- Hydration: Drink plenty of water to help manage hot flushes and maintain skin health.
- Mental health: Practice relaxation techniques like meditation and deep breathing.
Positive Aspects of Menopause
Menopause signals the end of fertility, and the end of menstruation which can be liberating. Many women find a new sense of self and confidence during this life stage.
Individual Experiences of Menopause
Menopause experiences vary widely; some women have minimal symptoms, while others face more challenges. Genetic factors, lifestyle, and overall health influence how menopause unfolds.
Regular health check-ups are essential during menopause to monitor bone health, heart health, and overall well-being. Consult a healthcare professional to discuss symptoms, treatment options, and personalised guidance. You can book in for an appointment with me here.
Reflections on Menopause
Menopause is a natural phase and a part of every woman’s life journey. Embracing self-care, seeking support, and staying informed can help navigate this transition with grace. Menopause is a significant milestone that every woman goes through, it can bring about various physical and emotional changes.
It’s important to remember that menopause is a normal and natural phase of life. By understanding the symptoms, seeking support, and adopting healthy lifestyle choices, women can navigate this transition with resilience and grace.
If you need help and support during your menopause transition, please book in a consult here.
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