Who may benefit?
Women that are in one of three stages: Pre-menopause (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.
Stage 1: Pre-menopause: The Reproductive Years
A woman in her reproductive years ideally should experience a loss of blood only each month during her 28- to 30- day menstrual cycle. Unfortunately, this is not the case for up to 75% of wommen. Most have to deal symptoms of excess harmful estrogen associated with PMS, which can include breast tenderness, anxiety, sleeplessness, headaches, water retention, increased hunger or cravings, fatigue or more troublesome symptoms.
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 one to two years of peri-menopause, this drop in estrogen speeds up.
At this stage, many women have menopause symptoms. The average length of perimenopause is four 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 of these symptoms:
Stage 3: Menopause
Menstruating women 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 naturopathic doctor, including an initial assessment 60 mins; first follow-up 30 mins (to discuss test results and update your treatment protocol); and third/final appointment 30 to 45 mins (which typically occurs after 6 to 8 weeks of following your personalized prescription).
Your requisition for blood and urine testing will be provided following your first appointment. You will complete this through Dynacare Laboratories and we recommend that you download their App to find the location closest to you and to access their web-check-in service. And since we aim to be thorough in our approach, it means that we most often will suggest follow-up testing to address concerns and imbalances identified in your original series of blood or urine tests. We will guide you on the appropriate time to reassess, which is usually after 4 to 12 weeks of treatment and additional costs apply.
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 most often recommend testing on day three for assessing fertility concerns and diagnosing a reduction in estrogen that can occur in perimenopause. We typically recommend going to the lab on day 19 – 21 of your cycle if you are concerned with PMS, progesterone deficiency, or estrogen dominance.
Read more information on Three Stages of Menopause Program here.
See The Marilyn Denis Show discussing how to navigate every stage of menopause here.