What is Aromatherapy Treatment?
Menopause Treatment: Oestrogen has an effect on about 300 different tissues throughout a woman's body - not only those involved in the reproductive process, but also tissues in the central nervous system (including the brain), musculoskeletal system, the liver, and urinary tract.
Oestrogen levels begin to drop in the lead up to menopause, this can begin from 40 years old (but varies and can depend on inherited characteristics from mothers) although symptoms may go unnoticed and are often put down to other issues such as tiredness due to a busy workload and juggling various family responsibilities. Generally menopause occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 years old. The effects of gradually reducing oestrogen levels are often felt simultaneously in the body, these can be mild to moderate or in some cases very debilitating and cause distress. Many women choose some form of menopause treatment to manage unpleasant symptoms - especially if they interfere with the daily routine. Some women will manage without any interventions, if symptoms are mild.
A variety of symptoms may include hot flushes, anxiety, depression, insomnia, short-term memory loss, brain fog; general muscle pain and joint issues. Tissue changes occur over time in the mucous membranes of the vagina causing dryness, irritation and thinning of the vaginal walls. Postmenopausal women often experience urinary symptoms such as urgency, incontinence and bouts of cystitis (UTIs). Hormonal changes at menopause can often make women gain weight – especially around the abdomen, hips and thighs. Standard menopause treatment offered by GP’s include antidepressants and hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Many of these symptoms cause stress, anxiety and tiredness, the latter being a marked feature in peri-menopause. Prior to menopause woman generally have a lower risk of coronary heart disease; post menopause the risk increases significantly.
Natural menopause treatment can ease symptoms and help the transition through the peri-menopause and beyond. A mix of plant medicines, Aromatherapy treatments, advice on nutrition, vitamins and supplements, can be useful at relieving some of the more extreme and unpleasant symptoms and assist in balancing the underlying causes.
Women can expect to live more than 30 years of their life in a post-menopausal state. The body gets used to the lower amounts of oestrogen during these decades; but there is an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Natural menopause treatment is based around regular exercise, a nutritious diet and managing stress levels. If these key steps are followed it will help the body adjust and stay healthier for longer into older age.
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