Making it Through Menopause
Menopause is the cessation of menses due to decreasing ovarian function. It may be natural, drug or surgically induced or premature. The average age of menopause is 50-52.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
- Hot flashes
- Inability to concentrate or memory loss
- Anxiety and Nervousness
- Sleeplessness, insomnia
- Mood Swings
- Night sweats
- Weight gain
- Irregular, heavy, absent, prolonged periods
What causes menopause?
The ovaries naturally wind down their functioning as part of aging. Menopause is a transition from a phase of life that revolves around reproduction and nurturing of children, to a phase of greater autonomy, self-awareness and creativity.
Menopause can also be induced by certain medications such as those given to treat breast cancer, like tamoxifen. Total hysterectomy will also induce menopause, where partial hysterectomy does not.
Why do menopause symptoms occur?
Menopause is a natural hormonal transition in a woman’s life, just like puberty. It should be a smooth transition. If not, it can be a sign of:
- Hormone imbalance
- Adrenal stress or adrenal fatigue (poor endocrine system function)
- Excessive use of caffeine and/or nicotine
- Liver congestion, poor liver metabolism of estrogen metabolites or xenoestrogens
- Low thyroid and ovarian function (poor endocrine system function)
Naturopathic Medicine can resolve these issues through proper diet, exercise, stress reduction techniques, adrenal gland support, liver detoxification, thyroid and ovarian support.
Blood tests for menopause:
If you aren’t sure if you are peri-menopausal or in menopause, the following blood tests may be helpful:
LH, FSH, estradiol, progesterone, DHEAs, total testosterone, TSH
Chiropractic Care for Menopause:
Chiropractic helps to regulate the nervous system and to restore normal function in joints, muscles, tissues and organs. Chiropractic plays an important supportive role in the
treatment of menopause, especially in relation to the stress and stress responses many women experience.
Registered Massage Therapy and Menopause:
Massage therapy is an excellent complement to healthcare for menopausal women. Massage decreases the sympathetic nervous system firing which helps to increase the body’s
relaxation response. This is helpful in general, but especially for women.
Natural Treatment for Menopause Research
S-(-)equol & Menopause
Natural S-(-)equol, a product of the bacterial transformation of a soybean compound diadzein, reduces severity hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Source: J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2011 Oct 12.
Red Clover Isoflavones
Supplementation with red clover isoflavones was found to be associated with a considerable decrease in overall menopausal symptom intensity including hot flashes. Source: Gynecological Endocrinology, posted online August 26, 2011.
A lower vitamin E:lipid ratio was found to be associated with osteoporosis. These findings suggest that vitamin E may increase bone mineral density in healthy postmenopausal women. Source: J Bone Miner Metab, 2013 March 28
Supplementation with nutraceuticals containing soy isoflavones and berberine was shown to significantly improve anthropometric measures, blood pressure, HOMA index, and basal homocysteinemia compared to baseline. Source: J Altern Complement Med. 2013 Jun;19(6):582-7.