Natural Menopause Treatments That Really Work

Menopause is a gradual process that occurs over several years. It is the natural ageing process that occurs in the female body typically between the ages of 45-55. Menopause occurs as a result of fewer reproductive hormones being produced. The ovaries and the uterus begin to shrink and eventually the menstrual cycle ceases altogether.

Some factors that influence when menopause beings include: your age, whether you’ve had children, standard of nutrition, weight and wellbeing and even climatic variables.

This can be a very sensitive time for a women, as it represents the end of their child bearing, reproductive years. Stress and the way a women perceives this time in her life can determine the severity of symptoms she may experience.

In some ancient cultures, this change is seen as a scared time for a women to become more of a matriarchal leader. Women were only allowed to become Shamans after menopause as they were seen as being more intuitive, creative, wise and less concerned with the fluctuations of the world around her. She is in tune and at peace with herself.

Despite how you view menopause, there are some common symptoms women experience as the body adjusts to the change in chemical balance.
Hot flushes are a common symptom and occur as a result of the hypothalamus coping with a sudden change in oestrogen.

Other symptoms might include night sweats, weight gain, vaginal atrophy (dryness), headaches, digestive upset, dizziness, palpitations, blood pressure irregularities, insomnia, irritability, depression, and fatigue.

As oestrogen begins to decline in the body, women become prone to calcium deficiency, osteoporosis, and depression. A drop in progesterone is linked to migraines, and increased risk of cancer cells.
Declining DHEA also occurs which helps to regulate mood, bone mass, neurological function and memory.

Testosterone levels also gradually decline which adversely affects libido, bone and muscle mass, vasomotor symptoms, cardiovascular health, mood, and well-being.

Often doctors aim to stabilize or slow the drop of these hormones to minimise some of these symptoms including the risk of osteoporosis, depression and cancer. In some instances hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is prescribed.

There remain some concerns around the safety of HRT. Repeated use of synthetic oestrogen can increase the risk of cancer, hypertension and heart disease. A holistic approach to managing menopause can help naturally reduce the severity of symptoms.

Here at Devi Shakti Yoga we look at addressing the psychology of menopause and provide a holistic approaching to supporting the changes occurring in the body. We address any negative emotions and anxieties and help the women feel empowered as she moves though this stage in her life.

Women who practice yoga and meditation find symptoms less intense and emotional disturbances almost non-existent.
Some oestrogen continues to be produced by the liver and kidneys after the ovaries cease production. Correct yoga poses can stimulate these organs and secretions as partial compensation for the loss of ovarian hormone production. Breathing practices are helpful in managing hot flushes, irritability and loss of sleep. Meditations ease fears and anxieties that may exacerbate symptoms.