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Understanding the Transition to Menopause

Hot flushes? Irregular periods? Sleep problems? Anxiety? Weight gain?

If you’re 40+ and experiencing these symptoms, thoughts of experiencing menopause may be setting in.




What is menopause?


Menopause is defined as the cessation of a woman’s ovarian function, with menstruation and ovulation coming to an end. During this process, the body’s natural secretion of hormones is reduced, with the ovarian production of oestrogen dropping up to 90%.


Perimenopause


The hormonal changes leading up to menopause are also known as perimenopause, and this transition can sneak up on you. Perimenopause is when a female’s menstrual period transitions to cessation and is classified as 12 ongoing months without a period along with consistently elevated serum follicle-stimulating hormone (stimulating follicle development in the ovaries) levels and low serum oestradiol (the main oestrogen produced by the ovaries in response to follicle stimulating hormone).


Perimenopause can last from a couple of months to 12 years - the exact age and time of this transition is different for everyone. During this time, a number of symptoms may arise due to hormonal fluctuations, such as:


  • Irregular periods

  • Skin changes

  • Mood changes

  • Depression

  • Memory loss

  • Insomnia

  • Fatigue

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Libido changes

  • Night sweats or hot flushes


Throughout this transition, ovarian sex steroid synthesis decreases and ovulation fluctuate, and as a result, women experience irregular periods (shorter, longer, altering flow). Low progesterone and fluctuating estrogen mark the approach of menopause for women.


Menopause


Menopause is defined by just one day. This one day marks 12 months since a woman's last period. After this day, a woman is considered post-menopausal. Here a woman's body learns to adapt to function on lower levels of hormones (estrogen and progesterone), and some symptoms (listed above) may still occur.


Dietary and lifestyle considerations to support the body through this transition.


  • Practice self-care

Meditation, yin yoga, breathwork, and slow movement help to nourish the nervous system, calm and reduce stress hormone output. This is important whilst supporting the endocrine system during this time. Relaxation techniques help to support menopausal symptoms.


  • Eat dark leafy green vegetables.

Dark leafy green vegetables help to support hormonal balance in the body and provide the body with nutrients and phytochemicals needed for all processes in the body. Adequate fibre from adequate vegetable intake supports healthy blood sugar levels and bowel function.


  • Support your liver

The liver is constantly working to efficiently eliminate toxins and excess hormones from the body. A whole foods diet full of an abundance of vegetables and adequate hydration will help support optimal liver function.


  • Exercise

Regular weight-bearing and aerobic exercise help to support fat burning, muscle strength, lean muscle mass and mineral density.


The Holistic Approach


This transition phase marks an important time to work closely with a holistic health practitioner. We choose to work closely with women in order to manage symptoms and support hormonal changes during this time. Treatment is 100% personalised, and through thorough investigation, case taking, and analysis of pathology and testing throughout treatment, we will create your own individualised diet and lifestyle plan to support you the best we can. For further advice, speak with a practitioner here at Infinite Health Studio.


At the Infinite Health Studio, our experienced team of practitioners use a holistic approach paired with evidence-based medicine to help support you on your health journey.


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