For the majority of women, the menopause is simply an unavoidable part of life. When you reach the age of 45-55, natural egg production in the body stops and hormone levels in the body change dramatically. This results in all kinds of different symptoms, which affect every woman differently. The vast majority of women will experience symptoms to some extent, however.
Symptoms of the menopause can include:
- Hot flushes.
- Night sweats.
- Vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex.
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Low mood or anxiety.
- Reduced sex drive (libido).
- Problems with memory and concentration.
These can all be relatively mild or more severe, and some women may experience all of these symptoms at one point or another, while others will only experience one or two.
Natural Ways to Help Reduce the Symptoms of Menopause
Eating a healthy diet that is rich in calcium, vitamin D, fruits and vegetables can help to give you a better baseline of health and reduce the severity of certain symptoms. A high level of calcium and Vitamin D in your diet can also help combat osteoporosis and low bone density.
Reducing the number of refined carbs and sugar in your diet can help reduce the incidence of mood swings and fatigue, as these kinds of food can cause quick rises and falls in your blood pressure, and may even contribute to a higher risk of depression among postmenopausal women, according to one study.
How Functional Medicine Can Help
Functional medicine aims to help you holistically and effectively take control of your health, the symptoms of menopause as well as other conditions and provide you with an improved sense of overall wellness.
By helping you achieve the best general health you can, we can help you reduce symptoms of the menopause, balance your hormones, and identify what triggers your symptoms to improve your overall quality of life.
As well as the variety of symptoms that you may experience, the menopause also puts women at risk of several other diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and osteoporosis. Functional medicine programmes can be used to help protect you as far as possible from conditions like these using dietary and lifestyle changes. Of course, there is no way to guarantee these conditions and others will not arise, but by putting you in the best health we can help reduce the likelihood or severity of serious illness as a result of the menopause.
To find out more about the symptoms of menopause and how we can help you combat them, please get in touch with the team at Widney House Clinic - we would love to hear from you.