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Mistress of Menopause Workshop

Hi,
Have you, or anyone you know, totally had ENOUGH!! of menopause?
If the answer it YES, then this workshop is where you need to be. It will help you reclaim your life and by the end of the day you will feel refreshed, empowered and know how to truly be the Mistress of YOUR Menopause.

For more details – See the workshop postcard below and go to my website http://www.berrisnaturopath.com to view associated videos.

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Menopausal? DON’T PANIC

Menopausal? – DON’T PANIC

Menopause – we all dread the thought of it, but in reality many of us know very little about it, until we are smack in the middle of a hot flush or a mood swing and then we panic that the best part of our life is over.

Instead of panicking, let’s get a grip and look at menopause from a different angle. Forget all the horror stories you have heard about menopause and what you have learnt from the previous generation. Times were different then. Topics such as menopause were not discussed openly (even with the family doctor!) and women carried the burden on their own, usually with absolutely no understanding of what was happening to them. No wonder many of them (and their families) had such a difficult time!

We baby boomers are lucky enough to have a very different life. Information on menopause and peri-menopause is everywhere and these days we can go into the menopausal years relatively well informed. Whereas our mothers’ generation waved handkerchiefs over their sweaty brows and bodies and cried about the loss of reproductive power, our generation is more likely to wrap our handkerchiefs around our foreheads and head off to the gym or the Zumba class.

An important fact to remember is that menopause is not a medical condition. It is a natural process in a woman’s life and instead of being viewed with trepidation, menopause can be approached with a sense of excitement and joy at the prospect of entering a new phase of life.

Menopause is defined as the end of your menstrual periods. For most women this occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. For several years before the periods stop women experience the symptoms of peri-menopause, which is the time when the hormones start wildly fluctuating causing the periods become irregular and a multitude of symptoms to occur.

The most common symptoms are hot flushes (70% of women) and emotional changes including depression and mood swings (40% of women). Other symptoms include vaginal dryness, bladder irritability, reduced or no interest in sex, insomnia and fatigue. Sounds awful, doesn’t it!! Don’t despair, help is here!

Next time that you feel like Krakatoa getting ready to blow; that you feel puffy, flushed faced and damp, and everyone else looks slender and cool as a cucumber; or that you’re jotting your name down and you have to pause for a moment, to think what it is; you may decide it’s time to explore your options.

Natural medicines have a long history of being used to improve the transition through menopause into the next phase of life. There are many herbal medicines in particular, that are very effective in not only relieving the symptoms of menopause but also in managing the underlying cause of the symptoms, the hormonal fluctuations and depleted adrenal function.

Optimal health is important for the years surrounding menopause. This is especially true for the adrenal glands. These tiny walnut sized glands that sit on top of the kidneys play an essential role in managing the stress response, energy maintenance and in the production of sex hormones when the ovaries begin winding down production in the peri-menopausal years.

The one factor that damages the health of the adrenals more than anything else is stress! So, it is not surprising that many women approaching menopause have depleted adrenal function which in turn leads to more problems during menopause. An important factor about the use of natural medicines is that they can be tailored to suit each individual woman.

The common medical treatment for menopausal symptoms is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Although HRT can alleviate the symptoms in many women it is often delaying the inevitable. Once HRT is discontinued the symptoms often return, sometimes with more severity. If you think about it, the symptoms of menopause are in response to lowering hormone levels and when HRT is stopped you are back to square one. It makes more sense to manage the symptoms, improve adrenal health and general health with natural medicines to ensure long-term freedom from symptoms and increased vitality and zest for life.

HRT is not without its problems. Long-term clinical trials have shown that extended use of HRT may increase the risk of breast cancer, blood clots, hypertension and other medical conditions. If HRT is to be taken, it should be prescribed selectively and not taken indefinitely.

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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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