bride-mother3A Metabolic Approach to Menopause:

Menopause is defined as the cessation of menstrual bleeding, and is said to have occurred when one year has passed from the time of the last period.

It represents the end of reproductive capacity and is caused by cessation of normal ovarian cyclical production of female hormones. It usually happens between the ages of 45-55, but is preceded by up to 10 years of hormonal fluctuations, (known as perimenopause), which can be associated with physical, psychological or cognitive symptoms of hormonal decline and accompanied by changes in the pattern of bleeding.

Menopausal symptoms are usually more severe when associated with a surgically-induced (ie removal of the ovaries), or chemically– induced menopause (the result of estrogen-blocking drugs such as Tamoxifen, employed in the treatment of breast cancer).

Peri-menopause- hormonal fluctuations
Symptom clusters- it’s not just hot flashes
Estrogen/Progesterone balance
Cancer & Cardiovascular Disease – Risk stratification
Testosterone and DHEA
Osteoporosis
Weight Gain
Sexual dysfunction: Loss of libido, Painful intercourse, Anorgasmia
Alternate treatments for Menopause
Menopause-Shifting Roles and Perspectives