Menopause is a natural life event. When we live well, it can be a time of transition where you experience energy, vitality and a feeling of wellness.
As a general rule, a woman who struggles with menstrual difficulties often also has a more difficult peri-menopausal period. To allow for a natural transition into menopause, menstruation difficulties should be addressed prior to peri-menopause. Read more about menstruation here.
Peri-menopause is a time in a womans’ life where extra nourishment and a focus on wellbeing will decrease negative symptoms associated with this change in life.
Below are some of the problems that are can occur prior to menopause, however it’s important to note that these can be managed naturally with a focus on nourishment and wellbeing.
- Low libido
- Vaginal dryness/thinning
- Urinary tract infections
- Cardiovascular disease
There are specific exercise and lifestyle programs, nutrients and herbs that can reduce symptoms and causes of peri-menopausal/menopausal problems and provide energy and vitality for a time in a woman’s life when there are multiple family factors – such as ageing parents and grandchildren – as well as usual responsibilities of work and children.
Factors that exacerbate symptoms of peri-menopause/menopause such as hot flushes, night and daytime sweats, sleep disturbance and/or mood disturbances are:
- Insulin resistance
- Stress & Fatigue
- Decreased liver function
- Moderate to high caffeine consumption
- Moderate to high alcohol consumption
- Increased weight
- Limited/No exercise
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is one of the conventional ways to reduce symptoms and appropriate for some women without a personal/family history of breast/ovarian cancer. HRT is not the answer to everything and it is still important to address dietary intake and lifestyle to optimise wellbeing for the senior years ahead.