menopause is a normal, natural life event that all women experience
what is menopause?
clinically defined as your LAST PERIOD and this is determined after a full year has gone by. The average age of menopause is 51 with a range from age 45 to 55. Between 40 and 45 is considered early menopause whereas under age 40 is considered premature menopause. Surgical menopause refers to when a menstruating women has her ovaries surgically removed.
what is perimenopause?
physical changes begin years before your final menstrual period. This transition phase is called perimenopause and may last for 4 to 8 years. It may feel like a roller coaster ride of hormones. It begins with changes in the length of time between your periods and ends 1 year after your final menstrual period. It is typically during this time of changing hormones that many of the symptoms of menopause—such as hot flashes, irritability, difficulty sleepy—are most bothersome.
common body changes
are the most common menopause-related discomfort. They involve a sudden wave of heat or warmth often accompanied by sweating, reddening of the skin, and a rapid heart beat. They usually last 1 to 5 minutes and may be followed by a cold chill.
are hot flashes at night that interfere with sleep. While it’s a myth that menopause itself makes women irritable, the sleep disturbances that stem from hot flashes and night sweats can certainly make a woman irritable.
occurs due to the drop in estrogen around menopause leading to vaginal atrophy (the drying and thinning of vaginal tissues) in many women. It can cause a feeling of vaginal tightness during sex along with pain, burning, or soreness.
treatment options for menopause relief
diet & lifestyle
follow a whole food plant-rich diet
eliminate processed, sugary foods
adequate restorative sleep
do NOT smoke
diet & lifestyle should be the FIRST approach for ALL women. Hormones and other medications will not fix a problem caused by poor diet, lack of sleep, no exercise, and other bad habits
decrease in estrogen has also been shown to increase cognitive decline. Poor metabolic health is a key risk factor in Alzheimer's dementia
Heart disease is the number one KILLER of women followed by cancer. Five of the top 10 causes of death in women (heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes) are attributed to metabolic disease.
The underlying cause of metabolic disease is inflammation leading to insulin resistance.