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Integrative Family Health Clinic in Bolton and the Greater Caledon Area
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Bolton, ON

Menopause Dos and Don’ts According to Our Experts

Menopause can be confusing for many women due to its wide array of symptoms and the variability in how they manifest. These symptoms  can interfere with daily activities, work, relationships, and overall quality of life. Dealing with these disruptions while trying to understand and manage the changes can be overwhelming.

What is menopause?

Menopause marks the end of a woman's menstrual cycles and is defined as the absence of menstruation for 12 consecutive months. The average age of natural menopause in women is around 51, but it can occur earlier or later. 

 In addition, because there is considerable overlap with other health problems it is hard to attribute symptoms strictly to menopause. For example, women may attribute mood swings or fatigue to stress rather than hormonal changes associated with menopause. Menopause is still a topic that isn’t always openly discussed, leading to a lack of awareness and understanding. Without proper information, women may feel lost or confused about what they’re experiencing.

We find there are a lot of questions around menopause treatment options, from IUDs and antidepressants to more natural options like lifestyle changes, and naturopathic medicine. But here’s our menopause do’s and don’ts regardless of the treatment options you explore. 

Don’t – Ignore Your Symptoms

Ignoring menopause symptoms can worsen discomfort, impact quality of life, and lead to further health risks such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. Prompt attention allows for effective management, reduces distress, and prevents complications later on in life. Consulting a naturopathic doctor ensures personalized guidance and treatment which will improve your current and long term health during this natural transition.

Do – Get Your Hormone Levels Checked

Getting your hormone levels checked is like peeking behind the curtain of menopause symptoms. It helps figure out what’s really going on in your body so you can tackle those hot flashes and mood swings head-on. Don’t guess, know for sure! Naturopathic doctors offer a variety of menopause testing such as simple blood work but also the DUTCH test which comprehensively shows the hormone cascade in your body. Working with a licensed naturopathic doctor can get you the answers you need for your body and mind during menopause.

Don’t – Try Just Any Pink Supplement

Those pink supplements might look appealing, but they’re not a one-size-fits-all solution for menopause symptoms. They are often not addressing the root cause and can be risky if combined with other medications you may be taking. It’s better to talk to a healthcare professional for safe and effective options tailored to your needs. Don’t gamble with your health; go for what’s tried and true.

Do – Get Individualized Treatment Recommendations 

Menopause isn’t one-size-fits-all, so why settle for generic solutions? Getting personalized treatment recommendations from a naturopathic doctor is like finding the perfect fit for your body’s needs. It’s all about tailoring the approach to YOU and your lifestyle. Whether you need more energy to keep up with your family or help dealing with work-related stress, your menopause journey needs your attention. Don’t just wing it; get the guidance that’s made for you.

Don’t – Overeat Soy 

While soy can be the solution for some it may not help with your symptoms. Depending on other aspects of your body, for example your thyroid, it may not be the right move in managing your symptoms. Moderation is key; overdoing it could bring more harm than help. It’s cool to sprinkle some soy into your diet, just don’t go overboard – your body will thank you.

Do – Commit to a Health-Promoting Lifestyle

Regular exercise, balanced eating, and stress management can dial down those frustrating/annoying symptoms and boost your overall well-being. For some women adopting healthy habits may get them a complete resolution of symptoms and for others it gets them the majority of the way there. Plus, it’s a long-term win-win for your overall health. 

In Summary

Navigating menopause can be confusing, but it’s crucial to approach it with clarity and care. Avoiding quick-fix supplements and excessive soy consumption, while committing to a health-promoting lifestyle, forms a solid foundation to support your hormone transition. Seek individualized treatment recommendations and get hormone levels checked to tailor solutions to your needs. With the right approach, you can tackle menopause confidently, ensuring a smoother transition and better quality of life.

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