Premenopause, beginning roughly between the ages of 42 to 49, may set the stage for hormonal challenges. During this time it makes sense to start improving and building your physical and emotional health to prepare you for the rest of your life.
However, from ages 49 to 55 the typical women`s hormonal shifts will be at their greatest point, and will want support for these changes. By definition, a woman has reached menopause when she has not had a menstrual period for 12 months in a row.
Most women will experience some of the discomforts of menopause.
Symptoms can include:
- Hot flashes and/or night sweating
- Vaginal dryness and irritation
- Sleep disturbances
- Mood swings, excessive irritability, depression
- “Fuzzy” thinking
- Thinning hair
- Loss of libido
- Progressive weight gain that is difficult to control or lose
Seeking help for troublesome symptoms can be frustrating. Many embrace pharmaceutical cures to treat what they consider a “deficiency disease.” Adding synthetic hormones to your body can not only be dangerous, but may also make you feel worse than the naturally occurring symptoms of menopause.
A variety of options exist to treat menopause. Christiane Northrup, M.D. author of the book, Women`s Bodies, Women`s Wisdom states, “The ideal path through the change is one that uses the best of Western medical knowledge concerning hormone metabolism, bone density, and heart health, combined with complementary modalities, to provide optimal, individualized care.”
As an integrative medicine clinic, Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center uses natural and traditional methods for helping women achieve optimal health through menopause. Symptoms can be the result of imbalances in hormones. Saliva and blood tests are available for assessing levels of ovarian hormones: estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
However, menopausal symptoms can also be a result of imbalances in neurotransmitters, chemicals that relay messages throughout the body. These tiny chemicals are required fo proper brain and body function, including proper balance of diminishing hormones. Neurotransmitter assesment is done through a combination of urine and saliva testing. Imbalances are corrected through a change in diet and supplements specifically designed to match abnormalities found through the tests.
Addressing menopause includes integrating methods for treating depression, chronic pain, osteoporosis and heart-related conditions, using bio-identical hormones, acupuncture, allergy elimination and Reiki, all available at Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center. See Women`s Health page for more information on all services and recommendations available for women`s health.