Is it menopause?
TRUE menopause is defined as 12 months of no period, but many women present with
symptoms around menopause age, while still menstruating.
Often the worst symptoms occur in the peri-menopausal years – as the cycle starts to down regulate, but before it completely stops.
In traditional medicine menopause is viewed as a time of coming into your wisdom.
It’s a time of reduced fertility, but increased creativity and regaining energy.
This is definitely not how my modern menopause patients view the experience.
It seems to them to be a time of deep fatigue, chaos and unexplained health issues.
Interestingly oestrogen and progesterone receptors are not just ‘down there’.
They are found in our heart, lungs, muscles, thyroid, liver, brain and this is why symptoms can be found far and wide in the body.
As sex hormones decline many women notice those genetic weaknesses starting to appear – LOOKING AHEAD: Menopause and perimenopause can be a tricky time for most women, but can be made easier if it is managed properly. higher cholesterol, likely to have the worst blood pressure, weight symptoms as the stress gain, blood sugar issues, hormones are already arthritis, as well as an too busy and don’t have increase in PMS symptoms: enough reserve to take headaches, food cravings, over the role of the appetite change, anxiety, declining sex hormones. pain, breast tenderness, So while menopause hot flushes, bloating, is a natural event, and heavy or irregular cycles. you can expect some
As our body goes symptoms, naturopaths through a natural decline will spend a lot of time in sex hormones, other working with you to hormone pathways take build up reserve energy, up the work – especially reduce stress reactions our adrenal and stress and address underlying hormones. inflammatory processes
Women who are most that are in your genetic stressed, anxious and pool (such as cholesterol, depleted (tired) going arthritis, diabetes, blood into menopause are more pressure etc).
BY NORTH EAST NATURAL HEALTH CENTRE’S NATUROPATHS SOPHIE LORBACK AND BELINDA MCPHERSON (BHSCI. NATUROPATHY)