PERIMENOPAUSAL & MENOPAUSAL
Understand and control menopausal symptoms
Perimenopause and menopause: two scary words that will shut down dinner convos real fast. Sharing that your perimenopause & menopause is a challenge would be preaching to the choir. But with proper support, it’s nothing to be afraid of.
Many women think their perimenopause symptoms are caused by a busy life but naturopathic therapies can help to relieve symptoms. We have found that an approach tailored to each woman can address hormonal changes and significantly improve your overall quality of life.
Your hormones play a big role in how you experience menopause. Your stress levels, quality of sleep and overall health during your perimenopause set the tone for what’s to come.
Perimenopause, a.k.a. your second puberty, encompasses the five to ten years before your final period. Not to be confused with menopause; that’s the life phase starting one year after your last period.
Just like transitional seasons like spring and fall, your body is slowly adapting to a new phase.
Some signs to look out for that signal your body is transitioning to menopause are:
You still have periods, but they’re not the same.
They may be shorter, longer, lighter, or heavier, and where you could previously pinpoint their exact(ish) dates, you no longer can.
Your sleep quality may be a little off, waking up early in the morning and having trouble falling back asleep
Your libido just isn’t what it used to be.
A few kgs seem to be creeping up around your middle and won’t budge no matter how hard you try.
You’re overheated and sweating more than usual at times when you’re not consciously working up a sweat.
You’re irritable and pestered with mood swings, anxiety, sadness, and sometimes even rage.
Phew, those aren’t mild symptoms by any means. But let’s change the narrative. Because peri/menopause is a celebration, as is the transitional period beforehand, allowing your body to graciously ease in.
It’s a natural shift into our ‘wisdom years’ filled with speaking your truth and carelessness about what others think of you, leaving you with more time and energy to nurture yourself and your dreams.
As women’s health specialists, we offer a wonderful program with much-needed comfy and plush support. A blend of holistic wisdom and an evidence-based medical approach is here to assist you through perimenopause, menopause, and beyond.
Perimenopause and menopause are about an essential recalibration of your hormones, not about ageing. So we help by:
Improved quality of life and relationships
The right naturopathic hormone management can help you get better sleep, more energy, regular “normal” periods, improved moods, and more.
Face menopause with an informed approach
Your menopausal symptoms are temporary and manageable. We'll help you understand your body gain the knowledge to approach menopause positively.
Reduce the risk of associated illness
Don't ignore the signs: if left untreated, menopause can increase the risk of mood disorders, heart disease, dementia and osteoporosis.
From perimenopause to menopause and beyond
Perimenopause usually starts in your 40s and lasts 4-6 years on average. It can be as short as one year, or as long as 10.
Often referred to as “second puberty”, Perimenopause symptoms may include mood changes (irritability, anxiety, depression or nervous tension), difficulty concentrating, memory loss, insomnia or sleep disturbances, fatigue, migraines / headaches, dizziness, weight gain, night sweats, period changes, vaginal dryness, low libido, painful intercourse, breast changes, sensitivity to alcohol and caffeine and a reduced ability to cope with stress.
These symptoms typically disappear once the ovaries have officially "retired" and you fully move into menopause.
The initial consultation
Before we meet for the first time, we'll ask you to complete some preliminary health questionnaires and provide any recent medical test results and investigations. During our first consultation we'll take time to determine how perimenopause is impacting your life. We’ll explore your personal and family history for risk factors that may predispose you to complications of menopausal hormonal changes. We’ll talk about your sleep, stress and emotional wellbeing, gut and liver health, diet and lifestyle.
We'll have enough time to formulate a detailed plan for the best way to begin right away. From your first appointment you'll get practical nutritional and lifestyle recommendations to get you on your way to feeling better.
Functional testing and treatment plan
If necessary, menopause testing can eliminate the guesswork by monitoring hormone changes and help predict the onset of menopause. We use a blood test that measures the levels of key hormones that change with perimenopause. This menopause blood test can also be used to monitor Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).*
Now that you have a treatment plan, you can start implementing your personal recommendations. We generally allow two weeks for this stage, to allow adequate time to see some changes and identify any obstacles. During this time you might need to track your symptoms, cycle and record a food/lifestyle diary, plus get any subsequent testing.
Two weeks later we will meet for your first follow-up consultation. By now you will have implemented some of the diet and lifestyle changes and started on naturopathic supplements*. We will have the results from any menopause testing and can discuss your progress and ongoing goals.
We may need to adjust the prescription of supplements, set new goals for your treatment, and will schedule all future appointments.
As a minimum, we recommend at least one follow up appointment very fortnight for three months before we get you on a maintenance plan. Menopausal symptoms tend to come and go in waves and the goal posts are constantly changing as the hormones are erratic. Once we get stabilisation of symptoms many of our clients check in with us every six months or as needed to adjust the treatment plan.
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We would love to support you through perimenopause & menopause so that you can spend your wisdom years thriving.
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