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You are in Type 3: Menopause

Your answers to the Menopause Assessment suggests that you are in Menopause. By this we are referring to the 7 – 8 years post your last period. Menopause is a natural part of a woman’s reproductive life cycle.

Although the term “menopause” is frequently used to describe the menopausal transition, menopause doesn’t occur until 12 consecutive months after you’ve had your last menstruation. It is a retrospective diagnosis.

What are the pain points of this type?

HOT FLUSHES & NIGHT SWEATS. As many as 85% of menopausal women have these flushes. This momentary wave of warmth may last a few seconds to minutes and can manifest as night sweat at night. The severity of hot flashes typically decreases over time. Every person has a different experience in terms of frequency, length and intensity but as you move through the phases of menopause, its frequency generally declines.
● As estrogen production declines, your vaginal wall may become less elastic and drier, this is called VAGINA ATROPHY. Painful intercourse is a common complaint of menopausal women and it may become more obvious as you age.
● The psychological symptoms of menopause including anxiety, depression, memory loss, confusion, irritability and tiredness may be pronounced in this phase but might begin to decline after you hit menopause and as the years go by.
● Some women experience INCONTINENCE. Leakages can occur when lifting heavy objects or coughing. There might also be episodes of a sudden urge to urinate. URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS can also be common during menopause.
POOR SLEEP or trouble falling asleep can occur. This might be exacerbated by other symptoms like hot flashes and joint aches.
● During and especially shortly after menopause, up to 20% of bone density can be lost. This is a risk factor for OSTEOPOROSIS, an illness that causes fragile bones and fractures. Menopause is the most crucial period in protecting your bone health.
Joint pain and aches in the foot, shoulder, knee, and back are common in this phase and can increase in intensity as you get older. This might indicate an onset of Osteoarthritis.

What we recommend

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT): HRT, as the name implies, is the administering of estrogen in low doses to relieve you of symptoms related to estrogen fluctuation. It is the first line treatment for menopause symptoms. It is effective for many menopausal symptoms but isn’t without its risks. So have an open and straightforward discussion with your GP about it.
● If HRT is not an option then consider natural sources of phytoestrogens like Isoflavones from Soya or Red Clover, Flaxseed Lignans or other herbs like Maca, Ashwagandha and Turmeric all of which are known to help manage symptoms of menopause.
Tackling Bone Density Loss: Regular physical activity and exercise of at least 30 minutes a day can help keep your weight in check, improve your mood and help you sleep better. Interestingly, studies show that regular exercise strengthens your bones and reduces the risk or amount of bone density loss during menopause. Exercise that includes lifting weight is considered a better protection against bone density loss than compared to running or other aerobic activity. If you do not get enough Calcium and Vitamin D in your diet, then consider taking a supplement that helps meet your daily requirement.
Avoid symptom triggers: Since hot flashes can be triggered by smoking, caffeine, alcohol, hot weather, spicy foods and stress, avoiding these triggers can reduce the frequency of flushes.
Exercising can help joint pain: While this might sound counter intuitive, the research is very clear. Low impact exercises can greatly relieve joint pain and osteoarthritis symptoms. If you suffer from joint pain, this could be due to Osteoarthritis. Discuss this with your GP. Low impact exercises that focuses on the area of discomfort can greatly improve mobility and provide relief to Osteoarthritis related joint pain.
● Another option for joint pain relief is our High Strength Glucosamine and Chondroitin. It is a natural and effective remedy that you could try if you’re experiencing pain around your joints. Our completely organic and anti-inflammatory Black Seed Oil is also a traditional anti-inflammatory that is known to help joint discomfort. Find more about natural treatments for joint pain HERE
Eat healthy: A healthy diet is crucial. One that is rich in omega-3 fatty acid, fibre, vitamin D, Magnesium, calcium and other minor minerals. Consider Mediterranean diets, rich in healthy fat, proteins and greens is great for overall health and particularly brain health. If Mediterranean diet is not an option, then make sure your overall diet is primarily plant based and balanced.
● If you struggle to eat healthy, consider Love Thy Gut – Our Fibre and Prebiotic Rich Superfood. This award-winning powder, is made up of 9 nutrient dense superfoods and is rich in fibre and prebiotics, which helps rebalance your gut microbiome. The crucial step towards a healthy gut. Our Smarter Magnesium is formulated for women, and helps reduce muscle cramps, improve sleep, decrease fatigue and increase energy. It includes highly absorbable and gentle form of Magnesium, that supports over 300 biological processes and additional support in the form of Vitamin B6, Vegan D3, Zinc and Folate.
Combating incontinence should be a priority. Find a PT who specialises in the pelvic region. Like any muscle you can strengthen Pelvic muscles with exercises. Pelvic exercises can improve or even reverse age related incontinence.
Poor Sleep can make your other symptoms worse. So, tackling poor sleep is crucial. Meditation, breathing techniques and proper sleep hygiene habits can all help improve sleep. Try our Free Sleep Training, filled with expert advice and tools to help improve your sleep. If you prefer a natural sleep aid to address sleep problems then consider our Cosmic Calm. It is an entirely natural herbal sleep aid, that is expertly formulated to help improve your sleep quality by calming you down and helping the body produce more melatonin.