Menopause occurs naturally in women when her ovaries begin to produce less estrogen and progesterone. It is defined as the cessation of menses for one full year due to loss of ovarian activity. The average age for menopause in the U.S. is 51 years with most women experiencing physiologic changes in the years preceding menopause - the "perimenopause transition" This transition period can last on the average up to 4 years with fluctuating estrogen and progesterone levels rising and falling unevenly during this time. Surgical menopause occurs when the ovaries are removed in women who have not yet experienced natural menopause.
No two women are the same, and the symptoms associated with menopause can vary in severity from person to person. In addition to a gradual reduction and loss of her period, a woman going through menopause may also experience:
One size does not fit all and treatment should be customized to meet the needs of the individual. We provide an integrative treatment approach that is aimed at achieving hormonal balance, disease prevention, and optimal health. This includes the following:
The first step in any menopause treatment is to determine whether or not the symptoms experienced are actually caused by menopause. Urine, saliva and blood tests are typically used to check for declined hormone levels associated with the onset of menopause.