Category Archives: Menopause

Menopause and Perimenopause: Symptoms, Treatments and More

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During their lifetime, women experience many important physiological changes. Perhaps the best example of this is menopause, and its lesser-known companion perimenopause. Although most have heard of these conditions, many do not know what perimenopause and menopause are. Read on to learn about the basics of each condition and how a change in perception and appropriate therapy may improve the perimenopause and menopause experience. What is Perimenopause? Perimenopause indicates the time between a healthy menstrual cycle and menopause, wherein the menstrual cycle halts completely. Perimenopause typical begins around the age of 35 and may last from six months to ten years before developing fully into menopause. During this time of transition production of two important hormones, estrogen and progesterone, decline. Depending on the speed at which these hormone values drop, one may experience a slow, almost imperceptible change to bodily function or a sudden or dramatic shift. The change in […]

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

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It is estimated that nearly 80 percent of women experience PMS. Despite its exceptionally common occurrence, most know very little about it. Women who already have PMS and those who are at risk of developing it can benefit from acquiring a better understanding of this common and often frustrating condition. Read on to learn about the basics of PMS, common signs and symptoms of PMS and potential treatment options.  What is Premenstrual Syndrome? Premenstrual syndrome is a common health condition most frequently experienced by women during their childbearing years. This cyclical disorder occurs monthly during the luteal phase of menstruation. During the luteal phase, most women experience a significant shift in hormone values. This is caused by a structure called the corpus luteum follicle. The follicle is produced during ovulation after an egg has been released. When the luteum follicle is active, it produces a significant amount of progesterone and […]

A Unique Approach to Women’s Health Optimization

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The most important thing to understand about women’s health is that each woman is unique. Optimizing women’s health involves a broader view of women as complex beings. The following 5 aspects of health are key in recognizing a holistic approach to women’s health. Energy As medical practitioners, fatigue is a primary concern for our patients. This symptom can be due to a wide variety of causes including lack of sleep, poor nutrition, hormone imbalances, infections, and/or stress. The treatment plan for tackling fatigue should involve a complex approach by treating the woman as a whole and looking into a range of potential causes. Immune Our immune system acts by warding off potential threats such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and toxins that may be present in the environment we live in. More than finding ways to attack the “enemies”, a better long-term approach to boosting and supporting our immune systems from […]

Common Symptoms of PMS You May Not Know About

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Unsurprisingly, even though most women go through PMS at some point in their life, some studies estimating up to 80 percent, it is rare for their experience to be identical to another’s. Because of the individually specific nature of PMS, many are not familiar with the broader range of symptoms that may accompany it. Resolving this issue by gaining a better understanding of the varied signs and symptoms of PMS can help you better identify and respond to this exceptionally common condition. What is PMS? PMS is defined as the duration between ovulation and menstruation accompanied by several uncomfortable and potentially debilitating symptoms. PMS appears during a woman’s childbearing years; roughly between the ages of 12 and 51. The occurrence of PMS is highly influenced by changes in hormone values. Hormones play an essential role in the body and are used for a wide variety of processes including ovulation and […]

Hysterectomies, Early Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy

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Originally Posted May 2016Updated July 2019 A hysterectomy is classified as either total, partial, or radical, based on how much of the uterus and surrounding organs and tissues are removed. The fallopian tubes and ovaries may or may not be removed during a hysterectomy depending on individual circumstances. Any major surgery is associated with risks and hysterectomies are no exception. But these risks go beyond short-term surgical complications to include possible serious health ramifications down the road. Hormonal Changes We all know that sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone, and the balance between the two, play a crucial role in reproduction. But you may not know that they also help stabilize mood and emotions, maintain healthy bones and skin, keep heart disease at bay, and protect the function of other internal organs. So anything that alters sex hormones will inevitably alter and affect overall health and well-being. All women who […]

7 Self-Care Tips to Implement During Menopause

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Being aware of the substantial impact of perimenopause and menopause, understanding the importance of self-care, and employing effective wellness practices can significantly improve your journey through perimenopause/menopause. What is Perimenopause/Menopause? Perimenopause and menopause are the terms used to describe a woman’s transition from healthy menstruation through the cessation of their childbearing ability. Perimenopause typically begins in the 40s and can remain anywhere between 6 months to 10 years. Once a woman has not had her period for at least 12 months she is considered menopausal. Menopause denotes the end of a woman’s capacity to ovulate and therefore carry children. Learn more about perimenopause and menopause here. During perimenopause/menopause hormone function is altered, physical changes occur, and various symptoms may develop. Some of the most common symptoms of both perimenopause and menopause are insomnia, changes to a woman’s period, hot flashes, fatigue, migraines or headaches, forgetfulness, and mood irregularities. Typically, perimenopause […]

All About The Menopause Diet – What is It and Can it Help You?

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Making appropriate dietary changes can notably affect the occurrence, duration, and severity of perimenopause and menopause symptoms while also supporting general wellness. Recognizing the powerful influence of diet on menopause, learning what foods are helpful or harmful, and implementing effective dietary changes may ease the transition through perimenopause/menopause. What is Perimenopause/Menopause? For many women, the thought of going through menopause is a source of anxiety. Fortunately, some of this can be alleviated by becoming more familiar with the condition. Menopause is the time in a women’s life when she loses that ability to bear children. A woman is officially considered menopausal when she has not had her period for at least 12 months. On average, women experience menopause around the age of 51. However, it is possible for menopause to develop earlier or later in life. Perimenopause describes the transition from healthy menstruation into menopause. Compared to menopause, the occurrence […]

How to Recognize and Treat Perimenopause and Menopause

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Originally Posted March 2017Updated July 2019 Perimenopause and menopause are marked with dramatic fluctuations in hormones and notable shifts in bodily function. This transition varies in intensity from person to person. However, everyone benefits from increased understanding of the conditions as well as the treatments available. What is Perimenopause? Although menopause is widely recognized by women, some are not familiar with perimenopause. This condition can occur decades before menopause and is caused by a significant reduction in progesterone production. This causes progesterone and estrogen to fall out of balance. Usually, this reduction in progesterone is caused by inhibited ovarian function. Perimenopause marks the time between healthy menstruation and menopause. This condition can last anywhere between months to multiple years. The average age of commencement is in the 30’s, but this condition can occur earlier. Most women experience a decrease of estrogen around this time and an even greater reduction in […]

Understanding Menopause and the Lack of Medical Training (and How It Affects You!)

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Originally Posted April 2016Updated July 2019 Currently nearly 47 million women are peri- or post-menopausal and by 2020 more than 50 million will be 51 years old – the average age of menopause. What that means is a significant percentage of the female population is suffering from menopausal symptoms. The problem is, women often suffer in silence because they are told it’s simply a part of growing older; or it’s something every woman will eventually be faced with; that however, doesn’t have to be the case. Learn more about perimenopause and menopause here. Symptoms can include hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, fatigue, interrupted sleep, mood swings, osteoporosis, among others and one in four women will experience debilitating symptoms that can last up to 15 years. Perimenopause is the time-period of ten to twenty years before menopause, which are often do to a drop in progesterone, while menopause is due to […]

Hot Flashes: What Are They and What Can You Do About Them?

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Originally Posted December 2016Updated July 2019 Hormone imbalances, particularly those brought on by menopause, cause a significant number of women, 70 – 85%, to experience hot flashes with varying degrees of severity. Hot flashes, or sudden changes in body temperature, can last between one to five minutes and produces sensations of heat in the upper body. Flushness of the face and neck, blotches on the chest, back, and arms, and heavy sweating or shivering may also occur. Hot flashes that happen while sleeping may result in night sweats and premature waking, which can contribute to a reduction in sleep quality. On average, menopause occurs at about 50 years of age. However, women can experience hot flashes and menopause-like symptoms as early as their 20’s due to hormonal imbalances and fluctuations! When a woman experiences night sweats and hot flashes the body is trying to say that there is a hormone […]

Common Symptoms of Menopause (and Perimenopause) You May Not Know About

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Having a strong understanding of the many symptoms associated with menopause as well as the time leading up to it, known as perimenopause, may help women better navigate this stage of their life. A Quick Look at Perimenopause and Menopause The primary cause of perimenopause/menopause are hormonal imbalances; most notably estrogen and progesterone. One of the greatest contributors to hormonal irregularities is disruption of the menstrual cycle. In healthy women, the menstrual cycle begins with an increase in estrogen production that reaches its peak 14 days later. At this point an egg is produced, which releases progesterone thereby helping to normalize the estrogen/progesterone ratio. As a woman ages, the menstrual cycle can become increasingly dysregulated resulting in notable imbalances of estrogen and progesterone. These imbalances are the leading cause of perimenopause/menopausal symptoms. Perimenopause encompasses the entire the time span beginning at declining menstrual function and ending at menopause. Perimenopause and […]

Everything You Need to Know About Perimenopause and Menopause

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For many, the journey through perimenopause and menopause is frustrating and worrisome. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Those going through perimenopause/menopause may be able to improve their experience by getting informed about perimenopause/menopause, their symptoms, how they are diagnosed, and available treatments.  What is Perimenopause/Menopause? Perimenopause and menopause are descriptors of menstrual function. One is considered menopausal when one full year has passed since their last menstrual cycle. This indicates that the body is no longer capable of ovulating and by extension, becoming pregnant. Typically, menopause develops in women around 51 years of age, but it can occur earlier or later.  Perimenopause denotes a time near or between healthy menstruation and menopause. Perimenopause develops when the body is unable to produce the appropriate amount of estrogen or progesterone to properly complete a menstrual cycle. Depending on the individual, perimenopause may last for six months or as long […]