Menopause is a natural process that marks the end of menstruation and fertility in women. It
typically occurs in women in their late 40’s or early 50’s, although the age at which menopause
starts can vary widely. Menopause is diagnosed after a woman has gone without a menstrual period
for 12 consecutive months.

There are three mains stages to menopause:

1. Perimenopause – this stage typically begins several years before menopause when the
ovaries gradually produce less oestrogen. Perimenopause is characterized by irregular
menstrual cycles, hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings and other symptoms.
2. Menopause – is officially diagnosed when a women has gone without a menstrual period for
12 consecutive months. At this stage, oestrogen levels have significantly decreased, leading
to cessation of menstruation and fertility.
3. Post-menopause – refers to the years following menopause. During this stage, menopausal
symptoms may continue but usually diminishes over time. Due to the decline in oestrogen
levels, post-menopausal women are at an increased risk of certain health conditions such as,
osteoporosis and hearth disease.

Naturopathy focuses on using natural remedies to promote overall well-being and ways to help
manage symptoms of perimenopause, menopause or post-menopause.

How can naturopathy assist:

1. Herbal supplements – to help alleviate some of the symptoms including hot flushes, mood
swings and sleep disturbances.
2. Dietary changes – to support hormonal balances and overall health. These may include
increasing intake of fruits, vegetables, wholegrains and healthy fats while reducing
consumption of processed foods, caffeine and alcohol.
3. Nutritional Supplements – to support bone health and heart health supplements such as
vitamin D, calcium, magnesium and omega 3 fatty acids may be recommended.
4. Lifestyle modifications – naturopathy emphasizes the importance of lifestyle factors such as
regular exercise, stress management, adequate sleep, maintaining a healthy weight, all of
which can help alleviate menopausal symptoms and support overall health.

For some women, the symptoms of menopause can be very uncomfortable and can interfere with
daily life. Seeing a naturopath may help provide a personalised plan of care to help deal with certain
symptoms and improve overall health.

If you would like to see our naturopath Melissa, please give us a call (07) 3892 1440 or book online

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