Naturopathic Treatments for Menopause

Menopause refers to the time in a women's life where her period stops because of decreases in estrogen levels. Once a women has not had a period for 12 months, it will be determined that she is "menopausal" however, the symptoms of menopause may present while periods are still present. Estrogen is the reproductive hormone that promotes the building of uterine lining and once estrogen levels decline, there is no need for the body to menstruate excess lining. While most women go through menopause in their 50's (although this process can happen earlier), it would be safe to say that no two women will experience menopause the same way. Some women are lucky and their period stops without any inconvenience however, the majority of women will experience some type of symptom presentation. The symptoms of menopause may include hot flashes, sleep disturbances, irritability or anxiety, fatigue, changes to sex drive, urinary frequency and memory loss. In addition to its effects on the uterine lining, estrogen also maintains the lubrication and elasticity of tissues in the body that women like to remain lubricated and elastic. The most talked about symptom in menopause with respect to lubrication issues is vaginal dryness however, women may also experience dry eyes, aching joints, sagging skin or bladder issues.

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These symptoms become problematic for women because menopause now happens in the prime of life whereas historically it may have been a stage that came towards the end of a woman's lifetime. Women are interested in maintaining their youth and vitality forever and we want to help you get through your hormonal journey by educating you on what is actually happening in the body and then suggesting supplements or lifestyle habits that will help decrease your symptoms. In addition to supplemental support, we also want to make sure you know about your options regarding hormonal intervention (the healthy kind) and medical procedures that may be helpful in allowing you to feel as good as possible. Having hormonal concerns? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Chantelle Drobot and let us help you feel your best!