The menopause literally means ‘change of life’. It relates to the time in a women’s life when her ovaries stop ripening eggs and the menstrual cycle ends. It is a natural stage of life that every woman will experience.
The menopause should occur gradually, taking around 7 years until periods cease completely. This allows the body time to adapt to the hormonal changes taking place.
Most of the symptoms that occur during the menopause are connected to the falling levels of female hormones. For some this can be a time of uncomfortable physical and emotional changes, but this doesn’t have to be the case! Natural therapies such as nutrition provide a gentle but effective way to support your body’s hormonal system, helping to ensure a smooth and easy transition.
Common menopausal symptoms include
- Hot flushes
- Dry skin
- Memory loss
- Night Sweats
- Mood swings
- Vaginal dryness
- Weight gain
- Sleep disturbances
- Thinning hair
- Loss of breast fullness
- Loss of libido
- Problems with memory and clear thinking
- Depression, anxiety or irritability
Factors for consideration
Female hormone levels – As we reach the menopause the body starts to produce less of the female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone. Often this can lead to changes in the delicate balance between these hormones. A menopausal test can be used to determine menopausal status and check the balance of oestrogen and progesterone. It also checks that the body is breaking down oestrogen properly, as certain breakdown products from oestrogen have been linked to an increased risk of hormone related cancers. The profiles provides an insight into osteoporosis and cancer risk. The menopause Plus test will not check for all of the above except instead of checking for risk of osteoporosis this test looks at the adrenal hormones cortisol and DHEA. Menopausal Tests.
Nutrient deficiencies – Optimal levels of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids help to ensure a smooth and healthy menopausal transition. Insufficiencies of nutrients can impair hormonal balance and exacerbate symptoms. To find out f a nutrient deficiency is aggravating your menopausal symptoms why not consider having a nutrient profile test. This checks your levels of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids as well as checking for toxins, free radical damage and energy production insufficiencies. It gives a comprehensive overview of your health status and can be used to target key problem areas that may be exacerbating your condition. NutrEval MOT Health Test.
Stress and adrenal health – Two small glands, known as the adrenals, help us deal with life’s stresses. However, the adrenals also play an important role in the menopause supporting oestrogen production as ovarian oestrogen production declines. The problem is that during periods of long-term stress the adrenal glands can become exhausted. When this happens, they aren’t able to produce sufficient oestrogen during the menopause and female hormone levels quickly become imbalanced. If you have had a particularly stressful lifestyle or are currently suffering from stress this could be impacting on your menopausal symptoms. Having an adrenal stress test can help determine the effect your stress has had on your adrenal health and your menopausal symptoms. The Menopause Plus Test is designed to check your female hormone levels and your stress hormones whereas the Adrenal Stress Test will only check you stress hormones.
Cardiovascular health – The hormonal changes that occur in the menopause can lead to changes in blood fat levels and blood clotting which can increase the risk of heart disease. Luckily, identifying risk early can provide a key to successful prevention. A Comprehensive Cardiovascular Risk Profile is designed to do exactly this. It combines traditional indicators of cardiovascular health, such as cholesterol, with newly discovered metabolic markers like homocysteine, to give an inclusive assessment of cardiovascular risk. Abnormal levels of these risk factors can often be corrected with nutritional intervention. Comprehensive Cardiovascular Risk Assessment.
Bone health – The female hormones oestrogen and progesterone also play an important role in maintaining bone density. During the menopause the levels of these hormones gradually decline, increasing the chance of developing osteoporosis. This risk is increased for people who; have a family history of the disease, eat a poor diet, lead a sedentary lifestyle, are underweight or chronically stressed, or have a history of hormonal problems. Changes in bone density can be identified via a simple urine test which measure the excretion of products produced during the breakdown of bone. Bone loss is often asymptomatic until a large percentage of bone matter has been lost. This means early identification is critical for successful therapy. The Menopause Profile assesses levels of female hormones along with the risk for osteoporosis risk and the Osteoporosis Risk Profile only check for risk of Osteoporosis.