Menopause

Menopause is the stage in a woman’s life when her menstrual period stops permanently. This typically happens between the ages of 42 and 55 and is a result of the gradual reduction in the production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone.

What is Menopause?

The transition to menopause, known as perimenopause, begins several years before menopause. It’s the time when the ovaries gradually begin to produce less estrogen and progesterone. Perimenopause lasts up until menopause, the point when the ovaries stop releasing eggs. After menopause, the body makes much less estrogen and almost no progesterone. Menopausal symptoms occur when your body has an insufficient amount of these hormones. Even modest changes in hormone levels have the potential to have a big impact on you and can produce a variety of issues. The good news is there’s plenty you can do that can make a real difference.

Natural Medicine for Menopause

51% of women use natural medicine to manage the symptoms of menopause. There are a number of different naturopathic approaches to menopause, including mind-body practice, herbal and vitamin supplementation and dietary changes.

What are the Symptoms of Menopause?

Symptoms of hormone imbalance vary from woman to woman.

Emotional and Psychological

  • Moodiness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating

Physical

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of libido
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Weight gain
  • Thinning hair and dry skin

Exacerbation of Menopausal Symptoms

Diet

We can have different types of nutritional deficiencies, especially if we are eating a lot of processed food. This can affect hormone balance and exacerbate menopausal symptoms.

Stress

Chronic stress can lead to hormonal imbalances that worsen menopausal symptoms.

Exercise

Lack of exercise can lead to weight gain and poor overall health, which can affect menopause symptoms.

Smoking

This can lead to early menopause and increase menopause symptoms.