speaking, the menopause is your last menstrual period. However, most
women think of the menopause as the time leading up to, and after ,
their last period. In reality, your periods don’t just stop. First
they tend to become less frequent. It can take several years for a
woman to go through menopause completely. Women are said to have gone
through menopause (be postmenopausal) when they have not had a period
at all for one year.
causes the menopause?
natural menopause occurs because as you get older your ovaries stop
producing eggs and make less of the main female hormone called
estrogen. The average age of menopause in the United States is 51
years old. Your menopause is said to be early if it occurs before the
age of 45.
are certain things that may cause an early menopause.
Symptoms of Menopause:
Term Changes of Menopause:
is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Natural hormones are
the hormones your body makes. This means the chemical structures of
the hormones are identical to those synthesized in your ovaries and
other areas of the body The body sees synthetic hormones (ie Premarin
and Prempro) and consider them to be foreign substances. The body
sees bio-identical hormones as an exact match to our hormones and
responds to them in natural ways.
Dosages are customized to
each patient. One size does not fit all. Each patient is put on a
dose specifically chosen according to individual hormone levels,
stress level and overall health assessment.
Since the product is
compounded at special pharmacies, any dose of the hormone can be
added, subtracted and adjusted as needed. This individualized hormone
replacement therapy takes into account that we are not the same.
All the benefits of
hormone replacement therapy—mood, sex drive heart, brain, and bone
density –apply to natural hormone replacement without clinical
evidence of the well documented side effects of the synthetic, horse
urine, conjugated estrogens contained in conventional hormone
replacement therapy (HRT).
4. Reduce and Manage Stress
stress in your life is one important way to reduce behaviors or
symptoms like fatigue, insomnia and low sex drive. Some effective
ways to relieve stress include: exercise, meditation aromatherapy,
spending time in nature and dedicating time to your spiritual life.
5. Essential Oils for
Managing Menopause Symptoms
Clary sage oil is the most effective essential oil for
balancing hormones. It can help offer relief from menopause symptoms
including increased anxiety and hot flashes. In addition, roman
chamomile oil reduces stress, peppermint oil can help col the body
from hot flashes, and thyme oil can help naturally balance hormones.
To use these essential oils at home, purchase a
therapeutic grade/pure oil online (suggest doterra), then rub 3 drops
of the chosen of on the tops of the feet and the back of the neck
–1-3 times daily. You can combine any essential oil with a carrier
oil like jojoba or coconut oil to dilute its strength and decrease
6. Regular Exercise
is important for managing several risk factors associated with
menopause complications, including becoming overweight, having high
levels of inflammation, getting poor sleep, experiencing bone loss or
muscle wasting, and dealing with chronic stress.
studies have found that even if you haven’t been very active in the
past, starting an exercise routine consisting of aerobic and strength
exercise training at least three times a week for 12 weeks can result
in improvements in sleep quality, insomnia and depression.
7. Get Enough Sleep
allow your body to recover from stress, control your appetite and
improve energy, aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.