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Natural Menopause Treatment

Discover a holistic treatment for menopause. Diet, lifestyle changes and supplements can make a huge difference. 

Are you aged 35 years or above? Or are you in peri-menopause? This page is for you!
Most women don’t think about being in menopause, let alone natural menopause treatment, until their oestrogen levels have fallen to a point where they get hit with hot flushes, night sweats or other equally debilitating symptoms. But it doesn’t happen overnight. For 8 to 10 years before entering menopause (when your menstrual cycle ends completely), you will go through a period of adjustment known as peri-menopause. Menopause itself is the permanent end of your menstrual cycle and technically begins 12 months after your last period. You are then ‘post-menopausal’, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you stop experiencing symptoms. These years can be a difficult time for many of us.

Resulting from hormonal shifts, women seek holistic menopause treatment for hot flushes, vaginal dryness and thinning, night sweats, insomnia, dizziness, heart palpitations, headaches, memory problems, reduced libido, bladder and urination problems, mood swings, depression, anxiety, fatigue, and even joint pain.

This time in our lives is also one for deepening relationships, personal growth and career advancements. The key for not letting hormonal shifts hold you back is your awareness of what’s going on in your body and the powerful weapons of natural menopause treatments.

Working with me, you will learn how to maintain a balanced, hormone-healthy lifestyle to avoid or alleviate the symptoms discussed above. It doesn’t matter if you are 35 or 70, your body, mind and spirit will benefit from learning the life-giving knowledge I can share with you.

Holistic Treatment for Menopause—How I can help

My clinical focus on women’s hormonal health leads me to offer natural menopause treatments that promote balancing your own hormones. Taking a holistic (whole-body) approach ensures the very best results, reducing symptoms severity and duration.

By working with me you will learn about …

  • Menopause nutrition to support hormonal balance
  • Supplements to help balance your hormones & alleviate symptoms
  • Types of exercise best for you during this transition
  • Adjusting your lifestyle to best support your health & wellbeing

My thorough approach in assessing the state of your health and wellbeing will also help uncover any other health concerns which may be contributing to your symptoms.

At the age of 47, I know first-hand the changes that occur in our bodies as we go through peri-menopause, and this makes me the ideal person to support and encourage you in your own health and wellbeing journey.

Holistic Menopause Treatment—Who Will Benefit?

Fighting Fit at 35+

If you’re around the age of 35 and feeling like life is great, right now is the perfect time to invest in your future health and wellbeing by coming to learn how you can best support your body during the next 8 to 10 years of your hormonal transition (peri-menopause). Learning to practice mindful body wisdom now will help you continue to feel as fabulous at age 50 or 60 as you do right now. Think energy, glowing skin, glossy hair, stable weight, sensuality and purpose. 

Frumpy & Tired at 35+

Are you constantly short on time and relying on caffeine to get you through the day? Do you feel overwhelmed and stressed by your life right now? Are you already feeling frumpy, tired and overweight? If this sounds like you, then it’s vitally important you continue to read this as you are setting yourself up for a really difficult time as you transition through peri-menopause.  

Here is why:  

Your sex hormones are responsible for numerous body functions other that reproduction. Oestrogen, for instance, significantly influences your memory, weight, cardiovascular, nerve and bone health, mood, and sex drive. When menopause hits, your body stops making ovarian sex hormones. From this time onward you are supposed to rely on your adrenal glands, which, in the ideal world, produce smaller amounts of sex hormones to help your body continue to function.  

But what if your adrenal glands stopped producing sex hormones years ago, because they were too busy producing stress hormones? You go from plenty of sex hormones to virtually none and could suffer from some of the most debilitating symptoms. 

The good news is that you can stop all this right NOW. What you choose to eat and how you choose to live today, IS going to impact on how you feel, think and move in 10+ years’ time. Book in to see me and together we can reverse this before it affects your future quality of life.  

Aged 55+

As mentioned above, peri-menopausal symptoms can last well into your post-menopausal phase. What’s more, since your oestrogen and progesterone have probably fallen to very low levels, you no longer benefit from their protective qualities. You’re now more vulnerable to conditions such as cardiovascular disease [1], stroke [2] and Alzheimer’s disease [3], and your bones may be thinning [4]. You may also struggle with cognitive effects. Because menopause often comes with lower overall brain activity, it can be associated with depression, anxiety, insomnia, weight gain, and problems with concentration and memory. 

The good news is that, with menopause nutrition alongside a natural menopause treatment plan incorporating lifestyle changes and supplements, you can regain control of your health and wellbeing [5, 6]. It would be my pleasure to create your personalised holistic treatment for menopause and help you optimise your health.

References:

[1] G. Rosano, C. Vitale, G. Marazzi and M. Volterrani, “Menopause and cardiovascular disease: the evidence.,” 02 2007. [Online]. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17364594. [Accessed 17 01 2018]. 

[2] L. Lisabeth and C. Bushnell, “Menopause and Stroke: An Epidemiologic Review,” 01 2012. [Online]. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3615462/. [Accessed 17 01 2018]. 

[3] L. Mosconi, “Perimenopause and emergence of an Alzheimer’s bioenergetic phenotype in brain and periphery,” 10 10 2017. [Online]. Available: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0185926. [Accessed 17 01 2017].  

[4] C. Hobar and J. Johnson, “Hormone Replacement and Osteoporosis,” eMedicineHealth.com, 2018. [Online]. Available: https://www.emedicinehealth.com/hormone_replacement_and_osteoporosis/page2_em.htm. [Accessed 17 01 2018]. 

[5] N. Mishra and V. N. Mishra, “Exercise beyond menopause: Dos and Don’ts,” 07-12 2011. [Online]. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3296386/. [Accessed 17 01 2018]. 

[6] John Hopkins Medicine, “Staying Healthy After Menopause,” John Hopkins Medicine, 2018. [Online]. Available: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/gynecological_health/staying_healthy_after_menopause_85,P00545. [Accessed 17 01 2018]. 

Hormonal Testing, HRT & Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement

Hormonal Testing

Before starting any treatment for menopause (natural or not), it can be helpful to undergo a hormone test to find out which hormone imbalances you may have, as they differ with each woman and at different stages of menopause. For women with mild-to-moderate symptoms, good menopause nutrition, exercise and nutritional supplements are usually enough. But there are times when it is important to have the complete picture so we can create the right action plan to resolve particular conditions. 

I generally use a DUTCH Dried Urine Hormone Test by Precision Analytical Inc. for my holistic menopause treatment. This advanced form of hormone testing has been developed to improve on available hormone testing options (saliva, serum or 24-Hr urine testing). DUTCH offers:

  • The most extensive profile of sex & adrenal hormones along with their metabolites
  • The daily (diurnal) pattern of free cortisol – the stress hormone
  • Melatonin – the sleep hormone
  • Oxidative DNA damage (8-OHdG)
  • 6 organic acids – check dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, serotonin, B12, B6 and glutathione status
  • Detoxification pathways of oestrogen metabolites – lower your risk of breast cancer

This unique combination of clinical information is not available by any other method. A DUTCH test can be used in conjunction with HRT; and its unique methods are used for improving monitoring of oral progesterone and vaginal hormones.                

DUTCH website for patient information: https://dutchtest.com/patients/ 

DUTCH Complete Information sheet: https://dutchtest.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/DUTCH-White-Paper-1.pdf 

In addition to DUTCH, I am also able to provide saliva, blood serum, or 24-Hr urine testing as required. 

The Truth about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

Controversial research from 2002 found that women on HRT had an increased risk of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease. Today, medical recommendations say the treatment is safe for younger women for short periods. However, many patients discontinue HRT within the first 8 months due to side effects such as spotting, bleeding and breast tenderness. Many more women are reluctant to start HRT at all and are looking for a more holistic treatment for menopause. 

So what speaks against HRT? 

  • HRT uses synthetic and/or animal derived hormones. Due to menopause, our bodies no longer expect to receive these hormones. This type of hormone replacement can have serious side-effects such as blood clotting [1] and breast cancer [2].
    The increased breast cancer risk can be explained by the liver’s role in sex hormone regulation, primarily oestrogen. However, whenever there are excess hormones (whether produced by the body or received through hormone therapy), the liver can’t process the load as quickly/efficiently, causing a hormone imbalance. Researchers found that oestrogens break down into oestrogen metabolites with varying levels of oestrogenic activity. The stronger this activity, the greater the risk of developing oestrogen-related cancer [3]. 
  • Synthetic oestrogen replacement therapy can deplete key nutrients like magnesium and vitamin B6 
  • Synthetic progestins can deplete many nutrients including B vitamins, tyrosine, CoQ10, vitamin E and folic acid. 
  • Taking synthetic HRT by mouth can also increase imbalances in your natural gut flora, causing increases in Candida (yeast) populations [4]. 

Before you ever consider an extreme treatment such as HRT, I would strongly recommend you first implement appropriate menopause nutrition and lifestyle changes, while supporting your body with specific nutritional supplementation. When working with me to promote the balance of your own hormones, you may well find it is completely unnecessary to take any kind of invasive hormonal therapy! 

“Treating hormone imbalances requires a whole-body approach; the best approaches are often preventive and involve diet, exercise and other lifestyle-based strategies” – Dr Mercola [5]

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement

Natural bio-identical hormones can offer relief from menopausal symptoms, but they should not be your first go-to option. Just like HRT, they don’t offer a holistic approach and neglect menopause nutrition, exercise and lifestyle. 

As discussed above, the biggest concern is your liver’s ability to cope with the influx of sex hormones. First ask yourself: ‘Am I eating and living in ways that support optimal liver function?’ Hormonal overload (whether natural or synthetic) causes hormone imbalance, and oestrogens breaking down into specific oestrogen metabolites carry a risk of developing oestrogen-related cancer [2].

What’s more, it is impossible to achieve the best balance without knowing your true hormonal status through appropriate testing. BHRT may not work in some women because of their health habits or the fact that many of their hormones are  imbalanced. If we, for example, address only your sex hormones we won’t be successful if you are under chronic stress. In this case, your body will be making excess cortisol which can disrupt your metabolism. This, in turn, leads to further imbalances in sex hormones and other hormones such as thyroid.  

As you can see, taking bio-identical hormone replacement without implementing menopause nutrition protocols and lifestyle changes can result in continuation of symptoms and even cancer. 

Choosing a holistic treatment for menopause may render it unnecessary to look any further into BHRT. Or at the very least, provide you with a great stepping stone to using BHRT in a way that will support your health and wellbeing rather than creating more problems. 

References:

[1] K. Kok, “Effects of hormone replacement therapy on coagulation and fibrinolysis in postmenopausal women.,” 08 2002. [Online]. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12430899. [Accessed 17 01 2018]. 

[2] P. Harrison, “Risk for Breast Cancer With HRT Higher Than Thought?,” Medscape, 24 08 2016. [Online]. Available: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/867888. [Accessed 17 01 2018]. 

[3] R. Santon, Yue W and Wang JP, “Estrogen metabolites and breast cancer.,” 07 2015. [Online]. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25168343. [Accessed 17 01 2018]. 

[4] D. G. Amon, Unleash the Power of the Female Brain, New York: Harmony Books, 2013, p. 118. 

[5] D. Mercola, “Estrogen Could Have Prevented Almost 50,000 Deaths,” Mercola.com, 05 08 2013. [Online]. Available:  

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/08/05/hormone-replacement-therapy.aspx. [Accessed 17 01 2018].