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Menopause &
Perimenopause

Balance Your Hormones. Regain Your Vitality.

What is Menopause?

“I‘m struggling with sleep and feel tired all the time.”

‘I can’t lose weight anymore like I used to.”

“I can’t think straight and just don’t feel like myself anymore.”

These statements may sound familiar to many women undergoing that  inevitable transition in their lives called menopause. Menopause is a normal,  natural process that occurs in the life of every woman. However, it can be a  difficult and demanding time period for many as a plethora of uncomfortable symptoms creep up creating a frustrating experience…

  • Hot flashes
  • Weight gain
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Sudden emotional changes
  • Fatigue
  • Low sex drive
  • Brain fog

 

The list goes on…
Menopause occurs when woman’s periods have stopped for 1 year. During this time, the ovaries stop producing the important female hormones- estrogen and progesterone resulting in biological, chemical and hormonal changes in the body. The typical age of menopause is 48 to 52 years old.

What is Perimenopause?

Peri-menopause is the period of time just before menopause occurs. The peri- menopausal phase can last from a few months to several years and typically  starts in the mid 40’s. During this time hormone levels start fluctuating until  they eventually drop to such an extent that menstruation stops completely  signaling the start of menopause. These fluctuating hormones lead to irregular and atypical menstrual cycles and the start of many of the  symptoms mentioned above.

Some women sail smoothly through menopause. Others may be hit with a  storm of symptoms ranging from mild to severe, persistent or even worsen  with time. Furthermore, menopause and the accompanying drop in hormones  can increase the risk of certain conditions such as heart disease, dementia,  and bone loss or osteoporosis and changes in body composition such as  muscle loss and fat gain.

With most women now living more than half their lives in menopause, there is  no reason that one should not feel just as vibrant and full of energy as their  pre-menopausal years.

Factors that contribute to a more “difficult” menopause?

Menopause is supposed to be a natural process so why is it more troublesome  for some women versus others? There can be multiple reasons for this…

  • Age of Menopause

    Menopause is supposed to be a natural process so why is it more troublesome for some women versus others? There can be multiple reasons for this…

  • Environmental Exposures

    Plastics, pesticides, hormones in food, and other common chemicals act as “endocrine disrupters” which mimic or interfere with the body’s hormones. In response, the body may under or overproduce it’s own hormones creating health problems.

  • Diet and Nutrition

    Certain foods can restore or disrupt the body’s hormones. For example, there are a various plant foods called phytoestrogens such as soy and flaxseeds which act like estrogens in the body. Eating too little or too much may affect hormone related symptoms. Additionally, nutrients such as Omega 3 fats, fiber, green tea and others can influence how the body processes hormones.

  • Gut Heath

    One may wonder how our digestive health affects our hormones and sense of well being. Growing research has shown that the gut microbiome plays a central role in regulating estrogen in the body through an enzyme produced by our gut bacteria called beta-glucuronidase which converts estrogen to its active form. Therefore, imbalanced gut bacteria can affect the amount of estrogen in the body.

  • Lifestyle factors

    Stress management, exercise, and sleep can also influence hormone physiology in the body in positive or negative ways.

Menopause and Perimenopause
Treatment

Some of this may seem overwhelming but it does not have to be. Let us help  you simplify and create a “doable” plan. At Rose wellness, our physicians  take an indepth look at your complete history and combine it with specialized  testing to identify your imbalances.

We test your hormone levels through a combination of blood, saliva and/or  urine testing. Once we figure out the pattern, we put together a plan  addressing a personalized strategy to help you overcome your imbalances  and thrive in the healthier body that you deserve.

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Our Hormone Optimization approach includes balancing four major hormone groups and possible liver detox support…

  • Thyroid Hormones
  • Insulin, Glucagon, and Cortisol – the blood sugar balancing hormones Adrenal “stress” hormones and neurotransmitters (Cortisol, DHEA, serotonin, dopamine, gaba, etc)
  • Male/Female hormones (Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone)

Hormones are chemical messengers which deliver important biochemical  messages to all our body systems. They “tell the body what to do”. If the  hormones are deficient, the body does not get the proper signals or messages to perform its various tasks resulting in unpleasant and unhealthy  symptoms. Our goal is to create harmony within our body by balancing the  hormones in relation to one another, replacing what is deficient and reducing  what is too high. This results in overall improved biochemical functioning of all  our body systems, a sense of well-being, and vitality.

If your menopause symptoms are persistent or severe, you may need  targeted lifestyle changes, herbal supplements, or Bio-identical hormone  replacement therapy. Our menopause doctor has earned the reputation as  one of the most popular providers of natural approaches for menopause  treatment in Northern Virginia.

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