Naturopathic Medicine for Menopause

Bio-Identical Hormones

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. 

Acupuncture

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.

Herbal Medicine

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. 

Clinical Nutrition

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.

Definition of 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

2. Urogenital:

Vaginal Dryness, Itching, Increased Pain during Intercourse, Urinary Incontinence and Increased Urinary Frequency

3. Musculoskeletal:

Osteoporosis & Physical Body Pain 

4. Central Nervous System:

Fatigue, Increased Irritability, Memory Decline, Depression & Decreased Libido

Laboratory Testing:

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

Estradiol:

decreasing levels of this Estrogen in the blood serum can suggest diminishing production from the Ovaries and therefore a decline in their function.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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