The process of menopause can affect women differently. For most women it is a gradual process. The time in which women experience most unwanted symptoms is when they are perimenopausal: before they reach the menopause and the cessation of their periods. The average age of menopause is around 52, however it can begin as early as in the 30s or as late as the 60s.
Many women choose acupuncture as they wish to avoid Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Acupuncture is a safe and gentle way to ease troublesome symptoms: hot flushes and night sweats, insomnia, anxiety, mood swings, brain fog, loss of libido, etc.
However how we move through this transition can depend largely on our lifestyle and emotional state. This is because, during the menopausal transition, the ovaries stop ovulating regularly, resulting in lower amounts of two important sex hormones: progesterone and oestrogen. To make up for this, the adrenals secrete more sex hormones to compensate. The adrenal glands are also responsible for the production of the stress hormone cortisol. Western women suffer more with hot flushes than women of other cultures, often because of our busy lives juggling the pressure of family life, career and our propensity to always be on the go. Reducing our stress levels can have a profound effect on how we experience the menopause.
Acupuncture can help with a smooth transition into the menopause: our aim is to help balance hormones, reduce stress levels and address any dietary and lifestyle factors that may be aggravating symptoms.
Anna has nearly 10 years of experience. She is an active member of the Acupuncture community, frequently keeping up with the latest research and continuing professional development (CPD) to ensure your treatment is the most effective. To find out if acupuncture can be of benefit to you contact Anna directly.