Menopause, the last chapter in a female’s reproductive life time. Menopause is the transition that takes place 12 months after her last period. The years leading up to this point is known as perimenopause and can last up to 8 years and start as early as your late 30’s.
Perimenopause occurs as a result of fluctuating estrogen levels as ovarian function begins to decline. Symptoms can be non-existent for some women, but for a large percentage of women their symptoms leave them feeling miserable. Some of these symptoms include:
- Hot flashes/ Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Irregular periods or bleeding
- Urinary problems
- Mood swings
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Weight gain
- Changes to libido
For those who are dealing with any combination of these symptoms are goal is to work with you to provide relief. We use a variety of modalities such as herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle changes to help bring you relief and comfort as you transition.
Given that we focus a lot on preventative medicine, we also look for ways to continue to provide hormone balancing effects to your body. Both estrogen and progesterone provide a lot of positive health benefits and even though ovarian function is declining, we can also support your adrenals as well. Your adrenal glands may not produce the large amount of estrogen and progesterone as your ovaries, but it still makes some.
We are here to make this time period in your life as comfortable as possible.