Η omeopathy, enhancing the effort of the body to regain balance – given the new hormonal situation of menopausal women – gently and often very effectively contributes in this area.It acts enhancing the efforts of the body to regain balance under new conditions, given that female hormones have decreased dramatically, providing direct, gentle and often very effective help.
Homeopathy, considering the body as a single whole and without separating the genital system from the rest of the body, intervenes with treatments that help women go through this stage as mildly and naturally possible. There are many remedies that can be used, so the Homeopathy physician needs to make a selection based on the temperament and symptoms of the patient.
What is Menopause?
Menopause is defined as the part in a woman’s life where menstruation, that is, the period, has stopped for at least one year. The period before menopause is called pre-menopause, and during this time women undergo some rather radical changes in their hormones and possibly have an irregular period. In most women pre-menopause begins somewhere between the ages of 39 and 51. Generally it takes about 5 years from the beginning of pre-menopause for women to stop having a period.
Genetic factors have their part in this synchronisation -i.e. when pre-menopause will begin: if your mother and other close relatives had an early or delayed menopause, you may also have one. But your environment and choices will play an important role as well. For example, if you smoke or live at high altitude, you may have an early menopause.
Researchers are currently studying a simple blood test that can predict when approximately a woman will go into menopause. There are other tests for a number of years but with little credibility, says Margery L.S. Gass executive director of North American Society for Menopause.
And while scientists search for the genetic signs that one day they will be able to predict the big change more accurately, this day is yet to come. “At this stage we are not able to say whether a woman is in transition to menopause”, Gass says.
And the good news for women who are afraid of their mum’s menopause is that when it comes to symptoms, heredity is not a strong prognostic. “Just because your mum had a difficult experience, does not certainly mean that you will have one too”, Gass says.
Some daily healthy habits can help you avoid the worst parts, although the study on how and why changes in everyday routines affect menopause is not clear.
Regular exercise -at least 30 minutes a day, three times a week- can reduce the symptoms of menopause.
A simple change in your diet can significantly alleviate your symptoms. Anything increasing blood sugar, including chocolate and sweets, can interact with stress hormones and cause a rapid change in oestrogen levels, aggravating symptoms such as hot flashes, says Northrup.
During menopause, the body produces less oestrogen and progesterone, which may play its part in losing your temper more easily or staying up late at night. Additionally, being in tension and anxiety situations can greatly aggravate these hormonal fluctuations, says Northrup. Finding some time to calm down and relax can help you fight these mood swings.
The burden that comes along with menopause is mainly due to the unpleasant symptoms experienced by the majority of women
The most important ones that occur in the period before menopause (months or even years before the end of the period) are:
– irregular period
– vaginal dryness
– hot flashes
– night sweating
– trouble sleeping
– mood swings
– weight gain/metabolism slow-down
– weak hair, dry skin
– loss of breast size
When these symptoms start to appear, it is advisable for a woman to visit her doctor to arrange a personalised prevention and treatment plan.