Changes to the body during the Peri-menopause

Going through the Peri-menopause phase can be considered a crazy phase in a woman’s life. The transition from the pre-menopause to the post-menopause of a woman’s menstrual history can be a roller coaster experience. During this time a woman’s body goes through many changes as the three key sex hormones in the body – oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone begin to decline, the body stops ovulating and the period stops. The daily hormone fluctuations cause havoc on the female body, resulting in symptoms such as night sweats, hot flushes, insomnia, mood swings, loss of sex drive, weight gain and tiredness. For some women, the experience is seen as a ‘curse’ while others can see it as a time for renewal, a time for entering a new phase in their lives, their ‘second spring’.

H.R.T (Hormone Replacement Therapy)

Western medicine generally prescribes synthetic hormones (H.R.T) to support women going through the peri-menopausal stage in life and alleviate the symptoms. The benefits include reducing the risk of osteoporosis and some of the symptoms associated with it such as hot flushes and insomnia. There can be many side effects in the first three months including; fluid retention, headaches, indigestion, leg cramps, depression, mood swings and breast tenderness. Along with the side effects, there is a slightly increased risk of blood clots, gallbladder disease, stroke, breast cancer and cardiovascular disease.

What can Acupuncture do to ease the journey through to the menopause?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (T.C.M.) has existed for over 3,000 years and from the beginning and throughout the course of its development, it has focused on Women’s Health. It addresses both the cause (root) and the symptoms in its treatment protocol. As part of the tradition, T.C.M., Acupuncture provides a natural alternative to using H.R.T. to support women with the transition into post-menopause. T.C.M. views the underlying root (cause) of menopause as the decline in Kidney energy as we age.

The symptoms are caused by the further imbalance of energies within our bodies. The patterns of symptoms are used to identify the underlying imbalances in the body which result in an individual treatment plan. Acupuncture can successfully alleviate the dreaded hot flushes & night sweats, promote sleep, reduced the effects of restless leg & mood swings and boost energy levels using the body’s natural healing systems.

In addition to using Acupuncture, Dietary Therapy, Meditation or Hypnotherapy can all provide an alternative, natural solution to alleviating the symptoms of the perimenopause stage in a woman’s life with no side-effects.

Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy and Reflexology are three therapies that really can work to reduce the symptoms of the menopause and help women to sail through into the second spring of life – for more information feel free to email us.

Post by Pauline Mc Cormack