The Menopause

Fluctuating and lowering hormone levels can make you feel as if you don't know yourself anymore and your body is no longer a comfortable home to live in. It's one thing knowing this is caused by the menopause, but did you know there are many steps you can take to help balance your hormones?

That could mean saying no to the aches and pains, anxiety, tearfulness, tiredness, heart palpitations, hot flushes, night sweats, mental fogginess, short term memory loss, vaginal dryness, loss of bone density, and sleep disturbance!

So What Is The Menopause?

The reason why you may experience so many of the symptoms which make you feel this way is because oestrogen, one of the ovarian hormones, has a profound effect on many functions in the body, but particularly in the brain. Following puberty the brain learns to adapt to the changing levels of oestrogen which accompany the monthly cycle, gaining flexibility and the responsiveness necessary to maintain precisely timed ovulation.

There then follows a period of transition, the perimenopause (an average period of four years), where the precisely timed monthly cycle becomes unpredictable as a result of fluctuating ovarian hormone levels (oestrogen and progesterone). This demands a new level of flexibility and responsiveness from the brain. However, because of rapidly fluctuating levels of hormones during this time, the brain struggles to find a new normal (homeostasis) resulting in many of the symptoms. This stage ends when a woman has gone 12 months without having a period, at around the age of 51.

After the menopause the brain must adapt once again, this time to trace levels of oestrogen and progesterone which may lead to increased susceptability to brain related dysfunction including temperature control, and loss of other protective benefits such as retention of bone density and cardiovascular health.

Balancing Hormones

Thankfully we now live in a culture where age is just a number, and there should be no limits to what you can do at any stage of your life. Menopause should certainly never be an obstacle to achieving your goals! Let's get those hormones balanced so you can thrive and not just survive.

This involves individualised treatment plans following consultations, which will be based on your symptoms, lifestyle, clinical history, and test results, and will be designed to optimise all aspects of your health and nutrition.

This may involve a focus on the best foods to support your hormones, gut microbiome and liver function, supporting you body's ability to cope with stress, and botanical and hormone supplementation as necessary.

Contact us to make an appointment today.