25 Mar MENUPASUAL WELLBEING
Talking about menopause was traditionally seen as taboo. This is now changing. Menopause is being discussed more openly in media, thus increasing the general populations knowledge about this subject. Menopause is a normal biological process with both physical and emotional aspects. It effects every woman, but no two experiences are the same.
When Does Menopause Occur?
The average age for the menopause is 51 years of age but early menopause occurs between 40-45 years. 1% of women will have menopause before 40 years (categorised as primary ovarian insufficiency – POC). For some women their periods stop at 30 years (1 in 1,000) and for 1 in 10,000 their periods stop at 20 years.
How Do You Recognise Menopause?
The Menopause is when a women has had no more periods (menstruation) for twelve months and can no longer conceive a pregnancy naturally. When menstruation is stopped for a year this is classed as menopause. The typical cycle of menopause can be divided into 3 stages;
- The periods become irregular (miss for several months, or shorter cycles)
- Weight gain
- Hot flushes
- Mood changes
- Loss of libido
The first four symptoms, listed above, are due to the reduction of oestrogen and progesterone in your system.
While mood changes can be the result of hormonal fluctuations, they can also be due to the emotional impact of leaving your fertile years behind. This stage can last 7-10 years.
You are in menopause when you have not had a period for a full 12 months. The perimenopausal symptoms may continue as well as the following;
- Vaginal Dryness
- Night Sweats
- Sleep problems
- Slow metabolism
- Thinning of the hair
- Dry skin
- Loss of breast fullness
- Loss of confidence
- Shorter term memory loss
- Metallic taste/burning tongue
- Softer fingernails
- Bloating stomach /ankles
This is the time you have been without periods for over 12 months and you remain in this category for the rest of your life.
- Hot flushes lessen
- Increase risk of osteoporosis
- Heart disease/high blood pressure
- Elevated blood sugar/ diabetes/ cholesterol levels
- Urinary incontinence
While the aforementioned stages are to be expected, there is a 4th category to menopause called Induce menopause. This form of menopause occurs as a result of surgical procedures or medical treatments affecting the female reproductive system e.g. chemotherapy. This leaves the women open to all the symptoms of menopause regardless of their age. Hormonal replacement therapy, with oestrogen/progesterone, can be helpful.
Some women go through menopause without any complications or unpleasant side effects
Lifestyle and Diet
Lifestyle and diet can really help in this stage of life. Small changes can have a huge impact. For example increasing carbohydrates can help if you are prone to headaches or having a Mediterranean style diet can lower cholesterol and blood sugar.
Exercising 3 – 4 times a week is good for bone density and mental health. Find something you enjoy make exercise easy and more likely that you will do it. This is the trick.
Speaking with your GP or a counsellor when feeling depressed or anxious is a sign of strength. Knowing when to ask for help in this emotional stage of life can be the first step to greatly improving your wellbeing.
Menopause can have a huge impact on how you feel and see yourself. You may no longer recognise the stranger in the mirror. These lifestyle and dietary changes allow you to take some control back in your life when these normal biological changes are occurring.
Reiki treatments have been shown to scientifically help with menopausal symptoms.
Reiki targets the sacral chakra which is responsible for hormonal maintained. The sacral charka helps your body to flush out toxins resulting in the relaxing of cramps, reduction of hot flushes, balancing hormones when in a premenstrual state, aids digestion amongst other things.
In perimenopause targeting the heart chakra and the solar plexus can help relieve emotional distress. The throat charka helps to balance appetite and the thyroid gland, thus metabolism and appetite come back to normal.
The third eye can target insomnia leading to relaxation and calm
Migraines can be treated using the crown chakar
With reiki you can find an acceptance occurs as you move into this stage of your life.
You will find that reflexology is a sound helpful treatment for peri-menopause, menopause and post-menopause.
Varies research papers are available scientifically proving this fact
Like reiki it is non-intrusive
Reflexology can be used in conduction with reiki to target menopausal symptoms more effectively. With Reflexology your hot flushes can be calmed down, insomnia and fatigue can be reduced and migraines can be helped through varying degree of acupressure at the appreciate points on the feet.
Reflexology also provides relaxation and much needed time for yourself.
Through Reiki and Reflexology you are consciously taking action to help manage these symptoms.
Menopause is a natural process. As your go this part of your life looking after yourself is so important. It is good that there is more insight into menopause and as women we are now aware that the symptoms we may be experiencing are normal. Reiki and Reflexology are effective for peri-menopause, menopause and post-menopause. Treat yourself. You are going to be surprise how good you will feel after a treatment.
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Cleveland Clinic- Perimenopause https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/21608-perimenopause
Mayo Clinic -perimenopausal symptoms https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/perimenopause/symptoms-causes/syc-20354666
Dr Shahzadi &Emma Harper Bardwell (2021) The Perimenopause Solution