Have you ever wondered why some women breeze through menopause? And why some people suffer immensely?
Menopause is that time in a woman’s life when menstruation stops. Typically, this occurs between the ages of 45-55 and you will know that it has occurred when you haven’t had a cycle for 12 months.
The onset (perimenopause) is often a time that is associated with many unwanted physical and emotional symptoms such as depression, irritability, low libido, hot flushes and night sweats.
This process is also linked with changes to the cardiovascular system impacting on blood pressure and cholesterol levels in addition to musculo-skeletal changes such as reduced muscle mass and bone density. But it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom.
Research has shown that lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, stress management techniques and psychological wellness throughout life impact on the transition into menopause.
What are the biochemical changes that occur with menopause?
As each woman approaches the ‘change of life’, female hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) decline. This decline in hormones causes the menstrual cycle to fluctuate and become irregular. You may notice your cycle becomes longer or shorter or you may notice a lighter or heavier flow.
Salivary hormone testing available at Integrated Wellness Clinic can ascertain exactly what level your hormones are at and target a holistic treatment plan that is individual to your specific situation and presenting symptoms.
YET AGAIN…..STRESS IS A COMMON FACTOR
The adrenals produce many hormones that function to assist us with everyday stressors. During times of prolonged ongoing stress, our adrenals can become tired and depleted.
This can be due to work or family related stress, poor diet choices or poor sleep hygiene. In healthy individuals, the adrenals produce hormones pregnenolone and DHEA which are then used to synthesise oestrogen and progesterone.
This can impact greatly on the symptoms experienced during menopause as the ovaries ability to produce oestrogen and progesterone have declined.
The combination of poor adrenal function and declining ovary function can cause severe discomfort. Menopause symptoms are treatable and preventable so if your experiencing discomfort associated with this change in your life, make an appointment today.
The good news is we have an experienced team of Naturopaths, Nutritionists and Psychologists’ that are able to support and guide you in this time of your life to making this transition as symptom free as possible!
We aim to help you achieve this by identifying and supporting the underlying cause of the associated symptoms.
Our treatment strategies may involve:
- Functional testing to identify hormonal imbalances
- Correcting any identified hormone imbalances using strategies we have implemented in countless treatment plans
- Supporting the cardiovascular system and musculo-skeletal system to prevent disease in the future
- Advice of healthy dietary and lifestyle choices that will improve hormone levels and support the nervous system
We offer and encourage all who are looking at either assistance with known menopause symptoms or prevention of developing symptoms, to book online your free highly information introductory consultation or phone 5458 4800.
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