- What is Menopause?
Technically, menopause is the time in a woman’s life when she stops menstruating. This usually happens in our 40s and 50s. You enter postmenopause when you haven’t had a period in a year. Anyone who has experienced menopause knows that it’s much more than that though.
v Why Does Menopause Happen?
- We stop naturally producing the same level of estrogen and progesterone that we produced in earlier years
- We have our ovaries removed
- Chemotherapy or radiation for cancer treatment can stop our ovaries from working
- Our ovaries can stop producing adequate amounts of hormone prematurely (primary ovarian insufficiency)
v What Are the Symptoms of Menopause?
- Hot flashes
- Irregular periods (perimenopause–the time leading up to menopause)
- Dry skin and hair
- Thinning hair
- Vaginal dryness and painful intercourse
- Night sweats
- Changes in breasts – loss of fullness
- Slow metabolism and weight gain
- Sleep disturbance
- Mood changes
- Urinary tract infections
- Brain fog
v How Long Do the Symptoms of Menopause Last?
I’ve researched this extensively and I’ve found so many different answers. I’ve read that symptoms can last as long as 10 years but on average, symptoms last 4 to 5 years with varying degrees of intensity. The severity of the symptoms usually decreases over time. For example, I’ve had hot flashes for 3 years now. When they first began, it was brutal. They were so severe that I felt nauseated at times. Fortunately, I never turned purple or bright red like some women do. They occurred frequently and lasted for minutes. I had to stop what I was doing, sit down, and wait for it to pass. Now they’re short–often less than a minute–and they’re no longer intense. I can continue to function during the flash. They’re still unpleasant but they’re manageable for sure. More on hot flashes in the next segment.
v What Are the Natural Treatments for Menopause?
I’m considered high risk for breast cancer and I manage my symptoms pretty well so I haven’t pursued HRT. I have a friend who takes it because hot flashes and insomnia were impacting her happiness and quality of life. She has done very well. There are other options. Some are backed by research and others are anecdotal. I don’t dismiss anecdotal evidence. Women are generally pretty in tune with their bodies and they know what does and doesn’t work for them. I’ve had good results with diet and exercise. It really does work for me. If I exercise 3-5 days per week and limit sugar and junk food, my symptoms are better–particularly hot flashes and UTIs. If I go off the rails–like through the holidays–I’ll flash like it’s my job and I’ll end up with a nasty UTI. I also believe good hydration has a positive impact on my symptoms.
- Homeopathy and Menopause
Homeopathy is a truly holistic medicine. If a woman consults a homeopath with menopausal problems – say hot flushes only – the homeopath will still look at the person as a whole, and not just prescribe a remedy for the hot flushes. This is called a constitutional remedy.
If we prescribe in this way, the overall imbalance will be treated, the woman’s hot flushes will go and her overall health will be improved. Sometimes, we come across women who have no other problems in their life, who just present with some specific menopausal symptoms; in these cases, prescribing on those symptoms alone will solve the problem.
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