Improving Symptoms of Menopause Naturally
Bio-Identical Progesterone and Estrogen therapies can be safely used to help alleviate symptoms of menopause and help to improve quality of life. Dr. Singh, ND has successfully completed the Ontario Therapeutics & Prescribing Course and related examinations and is able to prescribe bio-identical hormone therapies.
Can be used to help provide relief from hot flashes for many Women. Acupuncture may also be beneficial for joint and muscle pain, urinary incontinence or increased frequency, and the night sweats that may result from menopause.
This can be used to help support Ovarian function and decelerate the speed with which Ovarian function and health is declining. Botanical Medicine can help support healthy Estrogen production from the Ovaries and help provide relief of Menopausal symptoms to help provide a more gentle transition in to Menopause.
Similar to Herbal Medicine, clinical nutritional supplements can also be used to help provide a more gentle transition in to Menopause by supporting Ovarian & Hormonal Balance.
What is Menopause?
The medical definition of Menopause is the absence of a menstrual cycle for one year or more. However, many Women approaching Menopause already develop many symptoms of menopause while still having irregular periods (this is known as Perimenopause).
Symptoms of Menopause:
The major symptoms of Menopause are a result of decreasing Estrogen production from the Ovaries. Estrogen has systemic physiological effects, and the following symptoms are a result of the body quickly reacting to a suddenly decreasing levels of the hormone:
1. Vasomotor Instability:
Hot Flashes/Flushes, Night Sweats, and Difficulty Sleeping
Vaginal Dryness, Itching, Increased Pain during Intercourse, Urinary Incontinence and Increased Urinary Frequency
Osteoporosis & Physical Body Pain
4. Central Nervous System:
Fatigue, Increased Irritability, Memory Decline, Depression & Decreased Libido
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH): an increase to levels of 35 IU/L or more is suggestive of declining Ovarian Function and Menopause
Luteinizing Hormone (LH): Day 3 Values of LH below the levels of FSH are also suggestive of declining Ovarian Function and Menopause
Decreasing levels of this Estrogen in the blood serum can suggest diminishing production from the Ovaries and therefore a decline in their function.
1. How long does it take before I may notice an improvement in my symptoms?
Each Woman responds differently. Some patients may see significant improvements in as little as one month, while for some Women it may take longer.
2. How many Appointments are required?
After the initial consult, the first follow-up for re-assessment and adjustment to the protocols and prescriptions is after 6-weeks. If acupuncture is determined to be a good treatment option for you, one treatment a week is suggested for at least 6 weeks.
3. What if I am already using Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), is it safe for me to receive Naturopathic Treatment?
Yes, you will then be provided treatment which does not interfere with the hormone replacement therapy. Acupuncture can be safely used in these cases and the use of correct herbal and clinical nutritional supplements which do not have estrogenic effects can still support conventional treatment and help to reduce symptoms of menopause.