Managing menopause naturally

Managing menopause naturally

10:51 15 August in News
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Have you been experiencing any or some of the following symptoms?

  • Hot flashes
  • Depression
  • Low libido
  • Irritability
  • Weight gain

Learn how to manage menopause naturally!

Do you know that naturopathic medicine can help you achieve regular sleep, curb sugar cravings, diminish hot flashes, improve libido, and maintain your ideal weight!

With the average life expectancy of women in North America reaching 83 years of age, women can now expect to live nearly half of their lives after menopause.  While menopause is a natural process, the rapid side-effects of this transition that result from changes in hormone levels can be avoided and treated naturally with individualized naturopathic care.  Explore healthful and safe ways to reclaim the vitality of your youth, live longer, remain attractive and age gracefully into your 80’s and beyond.

The symptoms of menopause vary from one woman to the next but include symptoms such as

  • hot flashes or night sweats
  • insomnia
  • menstrual changes
  • low libido
  • unwanted hair growth
  • weight gain or changes in body composition,
  • thinning skin
  • low mood
  • bone density changes
  • metabolic markers such as elevations in blood sugar and cholesterol

These symptoms can present as early as 35 years of age, although most women experience some of these symptoms in their mid to late forties.  When a woman has not had a menstrual cycle for 12 consecutive months, she is considered to be post-menopausal.  However, hormonal changes begin to decline as early as 12 years before the cessation of menses rather than a drastic change at menopause. Naturopathic medicine can help you to identify these changes in your hormones well before you are menopausal and provide effective, evidence-based natural therapies to help you address your symptoms and ease you through this natural transition.

During the pre-menopausal years, levels of progesterone begin to decline, leading to a syndrome known as estrogen dominance. In this case, there is more estrogen than progesterone being produced and this can increase the risk of certain cancers and lead to mood changes, irritability, hot flashes, and memory loss.  Other vague symptoms such as fatigue and insomnia can also benefit from naturopathic hormone balancing.

Today’s woman is busier than ever and the societal expectations of women are high.  Women are expected to raise families, juggle careers and foster relationships, all while remaining emotionally stable and looking at their best.  The stress of living in today’s world, coupled with the emotional and physical stresses associated with a busy lifestyle all wreak havoc on our adrenal glands. This can result in imbalances in adrenal hormones such as elevations in cortisol and a decline in DHEA, which further compounds menopausal symptoms.  In addition, thyroid hormones may become affected leading to a variety of symptoms such as fatigue, poor exercise tolerance, unrefreshed sleep, and weight gain.

Naturopathic medicine is ideally suited to help assess, diagnose, and treat the symptoms of menopause and peri-menopause.  By testing your hormone levels, evaluating your lifestyle, and prescribing natural remedies, we can restore you to a state of balance. The result is a tailored approach designed to address your specific symptoms, your specific needs, adapted to your specific lifestyle.  You are unlike any other woman – you are an individual requiring an individualized naturopathic program tailored to YOU.

Learn more about naturopathic medicine, hormone testing or the treatment of female hormonal imbalances with naturopathic medicine by booking a consultation with our naturopathic doctor, Dr. Suzanna Ivanovics. Questions can also be addressed to Dr. Suzanna via email at dr.suzanna.nd@gmail.com

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