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In this video, Dr. Huntoon discusses hormonal imbalances are one of the 4 Causes of ALL Health Concerns and something you need to understand.
Most doctors will look at the effects of imbalances without considering how to address the cause of the imbalance.
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Menopause is time in a woman's life when her periods (menstruation) eventually stop and the body goes through changes that no longer allow her to get pregnant. It is a natural event that normally occurs in women age 45 - 55.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
During menopause, a woman's ovaries stop making eggs and they produce less estrogen and progesterone. Changes in these hormones cause menopause symptoms. Periods occur less often and eventually stop. Sometimes this happens suddenly. But most of the time, periods slowly stop over time.
Menopause is complete when you have not had a period for 1 year. This is called postmenopause. Women who are postmenopausal can no longer get pregnant.
Surgical menopause is when medical treatments cause a drop in estrogen. This can happen if your ovaries are removed or if you receive chemotherapy or hormone therapy for breast cancer.
Symptoms vary from woman to woman. They may last 5 or more years. Some women may have worse symptoms than others. Symptoms of surgical menopause can be more severe and start more suddenly.
The first thing you may notice is that your periods start to change. They might occur more often or less often. Some women might get their period every 3 weeks. This might last for 1 - 3 years before the periods completely stop.
Common symptoms of menopause include:
Signs and Tests
Blood and urine tests can be used to look for changes in hormone levels. Test results can help your doctor determine if you are close to menopause or if you have already gone through menopause.
Tests that may be done include:
Your health care provider will perform a pelvic exam. Decreased estrogen can cause changes in the lining of the vagina.
Bone loss increases during the first few years after your last period. Your doctor may order a bone density test to look for bone loss related to osteoporosis.
Treatments: Both Alternative and traditional
Treatment for menopause depends on many things, including how bad your symptoms are, your overall health, and your preference. It may include lifestyle changes or hormone therapy.
DIET AND LIFESTYLE CHANGES
Hormones are not always needed to reduce symptoms of menopause. There are many steps you can take to reduce symptoms.
Working with a Holistic Chiropractor who can help you develop a well-rounded, multifaceted approach to address all the underlying imbalances associated with your menopause is warranted. Your Holistic Chiropractor can advise you on:
Many women have also had success by seeing an acupuncture specialist, a Homeopath or a Naturopath.
Your medical doctor will ask you to consider Hormone Therapy. Hormone therapy may help if you have severe hot flashes, night sweats, mood issues, or vaginal dryness. Hormone therapy is treatment with estrogen and, sometimes, progesterone. As with all medications, especially artificial hormones, being aware of the side-effects and the complications is important. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of hormone therapy. Your doctor should be aware of your entire medical history before prescribing hormone therapy (HT). Learn about options that do not involve taking hormones.
Several major studies have questioned the health benefits and risks of hormone therapy, including the risk of developing breast cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots. Please strongly consider this before beginning any medical treatment for your menopausal symptoms.
Current medical guidelines support the use of HT for the treatment of hot flashes. Specific recommendations:
ALTERNATIVES TO HORMONE THERAPY
There are other medicines available to help with mood swings, hot flashes, and other symptoms. These include:
As with all medications, understanding the risks and benefits associated with taking the medication is warranted. Discussing this with your medical doctor or pharmacist to get a deeper understanding of the potential side-effects and complications is prudent before beginning any medication.
Some women have vaginal bleeding after menopause. This is often nothing to worry about. However, you should tell your health care provider if this occurs. It may be an early sign of other health problems, including cancer.
Decreased estrogen levels have been linked with some long-term effects, including:
Calling Your Health Care Provider
Call your health care provider if:
Medicines Two Choices for You
Menopause is a natural and expected part of a woman's development and does not need to be prevented. You can reduce your risk of long-term problems such as osteoporosis and heart disease by taking the following steps:
If you show early signs of bone loss or have a strong family history of osteoporosis, talk to your Holistic Chiropractor about steps you can take that can help stop further weakening.
Take calcium and vitamin D.
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