WOMEN'S HEALTH - MENOPAUSE
Natural approaches to rebalancing the body during menopause can help temper the physical and emotional changes and reduce the risk of health complications such as osteoporosis.
Natural menopause is said to occur when the ovaries start decreasing their production of the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone on a permanent basis. Some women can experience menopause early, either as a result of a surgical intervention, such as hysterectomy, or damage to the ovaries, such as from chemotherapy. Menopause that occurs before the age of 45, regardless of the cause, is called premature menopause. Stress, lack of exercise, progesterone deficiency due to missed ovulations, obesity, exposure to chemicals, synthetic hormone replacement therapy, poor diet, heredity and estrogen dominance are all factors in creating "hormone imbalance" which can also cause early menopause.
Hormonal changes cause the physical symptoms of menopause, but mistaken beliefs about the menopausal transition are partly to blame for the emotional ones. First, menopause doesn't mean the end is near — you've still got as much as half your life to go. Second, menopause will not snuff out your femininity and sexuality. In fact, you may be one of the many women who find it liberating to stop worrying about pregnancy and periods.
Most important, even though menopause is not an illness, you shouldn't hesitate to get treatment if you're having severe symptoms. Many treatments are available, from lifestyle adjustments to hormone therapy.
The most common symptom that brings about the onset of menopause is the beginning of irregular menstrual periods.
With menopause, the lining of the vagina and that of the urethra gradually have less elasticity and become drier and thinner. Some women also have burning and itching sensations in the urinary tract and even vaginal infections from time to time. Sometimes women experience involuntary passing of urine while coughing, sneezing or laughing. The urge to urinate very frequently is also another common symptom. In some cases women may have pain during sexual intercourse or at the least be uncomfortable.
Most women encounter, what is known as the hot flashes during their menopause period. The hot flash is thought of as one of the most frequently experienced symptoms, which is an outcome of low estrogen levels which makes blood vessels go up. During such hot flashes, women tend to sweat and have a flushed appearance.
Weight gain is another avidly seen symptom of the onset of menopause. Weight concentration is usually seen around the waist and abdomen areas. Other physical changes are also seen in the form of thinning hair, thinning skin, wrinkles, fuller breasts, and adult acne.
Osteoporosis is a common fallout of menopause, since the loss of estrogen results in decreased levels of bone density. Reduction of bone density leads to weak bones which might also lead to bone breakages and frequent fractures.
Our Integrative Approach
We believe that Bio-identical hormones are the most appropriate and excellent solution for all menopause related issues. Hormone Replacement Therapy is a method used to help treat the symptoms of menopause, and other hormone imbalances. Custom HRT is another beneficial way of distributing the correct amount of hormones for each individual woman's needs. The FDA declared that since bio-identical hormones are considered to be natural, regardless of their source, they cannot be patented. Therefore, there are no huge drug companies out there really profiting off the use and sale of bio-identical hormones.
Dr. Kalidas and the physicians at the Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine have taken many workshops and attended numerous seminars on this subject and work closely with compounding pharmacies to give you a custom fit of hormones. In addition nutritional and herbal support can be extremely helpful.