Women that are in in one of three stages: Pre-menopoause (the reproductive years), Perimenopause and Menopause)
How does it work?
Pre-menopause, peri-menopause, and menopause make up years of a woman’s life – so it’s pretty important to understand what is going on with our body. At Clear Medicine, we take women’s health seriously and we have a program for the three stages of women’s health based on Dr. Turner’s work and the nutrition, exercise, sleep and natural hormone recommendations that make-up the foundation of The Hormone Diet approach.
Stage 1: Pre-menopause: The Reproductive Years
As a woman, during reproductive years, we should normally not have any other symptom than blood loss each month. Unfortunately, this is not the case for up to about 75% of women, as most experience the symptoms of excess harmful estrogen associated with PMS.
Stage 2: Peri-menopause: The Lead Up to Menopause
Peri-menopause, or menopause transition, begins several years before menopause. It’s the time when the ovaries gradually begin to make less estrogen, but it is progesterone that declines first during this stage. It usually starts in a woman’s 40s but can start in her 30s or even earlier. Peri-menopause lasts up until menopause, the point when the ovaries stop releasing eggs. In the last 1 to 2 years of peri-menopause, this drop in estrogen speeds up.
At this stage, many women have menopause symptoms. The average length of perimenopause is 4 years, but for some women this stage may last only a few months or continue for 10 years. Women in peri-menopause have at least some these symptoms:
Stage 3: Menopause
Menstruating woman between the ages of 40 and 55 are naturally approaching menopause. Lowered production of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone cause these signs of menopause. Menopause is defined after a period of 12 months without any menses.
Symptoms of menopause may begin suddenly and be very noticeable, or they may be very mild at first. Symptoms may happen most of the time once they begin, or they may happen only once in a while. Some women notice changes in many areas and most of the symptoms are due to a deficiency of estrogen. Some menopausal symptoms, such as moodiness, are similar to symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Others may be new to you. For example:
Other possible changes are not as noticeable. For example, you might begin to lose bone density because you have less estrogen, increasing the risk of osteoporosis. Changing estrogen levels can also raise cholesterol levels and increase your risk for heart disease and stroke and the lowered levels of estrogen and are also linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Recommendations for you may include:
What’s included in this program?
Three appointments with a Board-Certified Naturopathic Doctor and extensive blood and urine testing completed at a Dyna Care Lab.
A requisition for extensive blood and urine testing will also be given at your first appointment. You will be instructed on which day of your cycle these tests should be completed if you are in the pre-menopausal or peri-menopausal phase. For instance, we recommend testing on day three of Day three for fertility concerns and diagnosing peri- or menopausal. We typically recommend going on Day 19 – 21 of your cycle if you are concerned with PMS, progesterone deficiency or estrogen dominance.
Read more information on Dr. Turner ND’s Three Stages of Menopause Program here.
Watch Dr. Turner ND on the Marilyn Denis Show discussing how to navigate every stage of menopause here.