Our naturopathic approach to Menopause
While some women will barely notice menopause, others will suffer from a combination of symptoms from night sweats to mood swings.
- Menopause comes from the Greek words Meno = monthly and Pausis = to stop.
- Menopause is universally experienced by all women.
- Generally, women will experience menopause between the ages of 45 and 55.
- During menopause, the body’s levels of oestrogen and progesterone are drastically reduced.
- Reduced oestrogen and progesterone can cause irregularity of menstrual flow, hot flushes, irritability, mood swings, vaginal dryness, low libido, depression and weight gain.
- Women who are thin tend to experience menopause at an earlier age than larger women.
- Osteoporosis is a serious health risk for women in their post-menopausal years.
- High cholesterol and heart disease are serious health risks for post-menopausal women.
- Foods and beverages, including caffeine, alcohol and refined sugars, may increase the severity of hot flushes and other symptoms.
- Current medical research suggests a total calcium intake of 1500 mg/day may protect against post-menopausal bone loss.
- The hormone oestrogen is related to the menstrual cycle. However, it also acts on many other organs in the body.
- Oestrogen receptors are found in all cells of the body, notably the skin, bones and mucous membranes of the body.
- HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) can reduce some symptoms of menopause.
- There are two forms of HRT; oestrogen-only or combined.
- Combined HRT contains both oestrogen and progesterone.
- HRT increases the risk of stroke, deep vein thrombosis DVT and pulmonary embolism.
- Combine HRT has been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
- Oestrogen-only HRT has been associated with an increased risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer.
Often women experience symptoms of menopause years before periods stop. This time is commonly referred to as perimenopause. At Moontides, your NCM may give you a pathology request form for a salivary hormone test to help determine whether you are perimenopausal or not.
What if I am taking HRT or other medicines?
We understand that because every woman is different, some will want or need to choose to take HRT to assist them through this time in their life. Our naturopaths are trained to consider any herb-drug interactions and will always check your medicines against any prescriptions they provide.
If you are taking HRT, this can be incorporated into your naturopathic treatment protocol. Simply bring the details of your HRT or any other medication, including natural remedies, to your appointment so your naturopath can prescribe safely and accordingly.
Moontides offer a ‘Managing Menopause Naturally’ workshop that provides detailed diet and lifestyle considerations plus information on the safety and benefits of current natural products available.
You will also receive a personal handbook containing your treatment strategy, lifestyle advice, diet diary and general information on menopause, together with a Symptom Chart to record your feedback and chart your progress.