Archive for July, 2011

Menopause – a new lease on life!

Menopause – Not the End but a Brand New Lease on Life

 

When we women hear the word ‘menopause’, we generally run and hide or simply sigh with acceptance. Most of us have heard so many terrible stories about menopause or perhaps we have observed family members going through ‘the change’ when we were younger.

Should the thought of Menopause strike fear into our hearts? Are the stories of hot flushes and out of control hormones true?

The good news is not all women experience menopausal symptoms. Those who do have symptoms will experience some or all of the following: night sweats, hot flushes, fatigue, irregular periods, emotional turmoil and insomnia. For these women the most common menopausal symptom, reported by approximately 70%, is hot flushes. Emotional changes are also very common with approximately 40% suffering  from depression.

The average age for women to reach menopause is 50-51yrs with most Australian women being between the ages of 45 and 55 years. Some women are diagnosed with menopause much earlier, perhaps in their 30’s or 40’s. From a holistic viewpoint, and certainly from my own clinical experience, such early menopause is often caused by adrenal fatigue contributing to premature ovarian failure. I have had a great deal of success in treating these women with herbs and nutrients that support the nervous system and the adrenals. In most cases normal menstruation can be re-established and all signs of menopause disappear.

Optimal adrenal health is fundamental for a smooth transition through menopause. In the years leading up to menopause the ovaries gradually reduce their production of female hormones until they stop completely. It is the adrenal glands that take over the role of hormone production at this time. So, the healthier your adrenals are going into menopause the easier it will be for you. One of the most significant factors that deplete adrenal functioning is stress, something that most of us have had a lot of by the time we get to our late 40s!

If you are trying to gauge when your own transition into menopause will end a long-term study called “The Melbourne Women’s Midlife Health Study” could help.  More than 400 Australian women were involved in this research which followed them over 10-15 years. One finding from the study was:  if you have had at least three months without a period, then your last period is likely to come within the following year.

Come out of hiding, there are ways to alleviate or potentially eliminate transitional menopausal symptoms. Say good bye to fatigue, insomnia, hot flushes and emotional ups and downs with the holistic approach offered by natural medicine, which has a very high success rate. Natural medicines can be used in conjunction with conventional medication or on their own.

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