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An Introduction to Menopause

Manopause

With all the recent controversy surrounding hormone replacement therapy and health risks, there are alternatives to make menopause less stressful.

Menopause is a period of waning ovarian function culminating in the permanent cessation of menstruation, which marks the end of a women’s reproductive years. Menopause usually begins between the ages of 45 and 55 with changes in the women’s menstrual cycle; bleeding may become heavier or lighter and periods may become irregular or suddenly cease. Menopause is a normal phenomenon and should be fairly asymptomatic. Less than one-third of women experiencing menopause have symptoms sufficiently distressing to seek aid.

Causes of Symptoms

As hormone production by the ovaries declines the adrenal glands increase production of hormone precursors and supply the necessary hormones for a smooth transition through menopause. However if the adrenal glands are already fatigued (due to too much stress) they are not able to keep up with the body’s need for hormones and symptoms occur.In response to reduced estrogen levels the pituitary may increase FSH and LH. Increased FSH can cause irregular cycles and irregular ovulation. This may also result in lowered testosterone levels which can drop libido. The sympathetic nervous system is that part of the autonomic nervous system characterized by the “fight or flight”reaction. It causes blood to flow away from the digestive system and to the muscles. Ovarian hormones limit and control the sympathetic nervous system, when this control is weakened blood can rush to the periphery causing hot flashes and night sweats.

Symptoms

Hot flashes, Night sweats, Fatigue, Headaches, Irritability, Sleep disruption, Poor concentration, Depression, Anxiety, Decreased skin elasticity & tone, Heart palpitations, Rapid heart beat, Recurrent urinary tract infections, Recurrent vaginal infections, Dry skin, eyes & vaginal canal, Decreased libido, Memory loss, Constipation &/or diarrhea, Aches and pains, Cold hands & feet

Strategy

Old Thinking: suppress symptoms, suppress change, prolong change and delay evolution.
New Thinking: support & encourage change, address any shock resulting from change, complete processes, accelerate evolution.

Aims of treatment (new thinking)

1. Assist the body adjust to the new hormone environment
2. Assist the emotional transition
3. Alleviate the symptoms of estrogen withdrawal
4. Support adrenal function

Menopause – The Program

Address the Basics
1. Eat a healthy diet high in fresh vegetables & lean meats; low in carbs such as bread, pasta, rice, potatoes & cereal.
2. Reduce sugar, chocolate, soft drinks, alcohol and caffeine intake.
3. Organize your life to reduce stress and improve sleep.
4. Improve digestion improve energy (the energy pathway starts with strong digestion).

Provide “Right Now” Support with Herbs

  • Herbal Liquid blend 7.5ml 2x/day
    Herbs have been used for 1,000’s years to support hormone balance. Traditionally liquids have been used as they are two to ten times more effective than tablets; however a tablet protocol is offered for those who prefer the convenience.
  • Wild Yam – Primary herb used to alleviate symptoms of menopause.
  • Black Cohosh – Estrogen modulating, uterine tonic; reduces muscle spasm & joint pains.
  • Licorice –  Used since Egyptian times to strengthen and support the adrenal glands.
  • St. John’s Wort –  Calms nerves and is considered a specific for menopausal depression.
  • Shataveri – Used for 1,000’s of years in India to rejuvenate the female reproductive organs, said “to give the capacity to have 100 husbands”.
  • Herbal tablets
  • Wild Yam Complex 2 tabs 2x/day For menopausal conditions including excessive perspiration, hot flashes, vaginal dryness and mood changes.
  • Adrenal Complex 1 tab 2x/day Adrenal gland support.
  • Feed the Body with Targeted Nutrition
  • Symplex F 3 tabs 2x/day Nutrition for female endocrine axis (pituitary, thyroid, adrenals & ovaries).
  • Black Current Seed Oil 1 cap 2x/day Rich source of GLA for hormone production, dry skin, & fat metabolism.
  • Enzacore 2 caps 2x/day Broad spectrum digestive support with L-glutamine for cellular energy.

Grade the Results

Look for improvements in symptoms over the next 3 to 4 months. Any program addressing female hormonal balance requires a trial of at least three months due to changes related to cycling. After a few months look for either a smoother transition to menopause or a more normal menstruation cycle.

Address Remaining Issues

Clinically it is sensible to address reduced estrogen levels, emotional complaints, and adrenal support first. And then address any remaining symptoms related to menopause that are linked to lowered quality of life.

Menopause can last for years; therefore menopausal support may be indispensable for several years, but not indefinitely.


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