Acupuncture and Menopause

What is The Menopause?

Menopause occurs naturally at an average age of 50 and involves the natural physiologic cessation of menstruation. Menopausal women may feel warm or hot and may perspire, sometimes profusely and experience hot flushes, which sometimes coincide with Luteinising Hormone (LH) pulses.
Psychologic and emotional symptoms--including fatigue, irritability, insomnia, inability to concentrate, depression, memory loss, headache, anxiety, and nervousness, sleep disruption, fatigue and irritability. Intermittent dizziness, palpitations may occur. Nausea, constipation, diarrhea, arthralgia, myalgia, cold hands and feet, and weight gain are also common. The large reduction in estrogen leads to changes in the lower genital tract. Women tend to lose pelvic muscle tone and to develop urinary incontinence, cystitis, vaginitis, and loss of libido.

Causes of The Menopause

As ovaries naturally age, fertility declines and response to pituitary gonadotropins (follicle-stimulating hormone [FSH] and luteinizing hormone [LH]) decreases, initially resulting shorter menstrual cycles, fewer ovulations, decreased progesterone production, and more irregularity in cycles. Eventually, menstruation stops altogether.

Treatment of The Menopause

Oestrogen replacement therapy, a form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may relieve hot flushes and other symptoms and decreases the risk of osteoporosis and heart disease. Acupuncture provides natural symptom management and may offer an alternative to HRT when combined with nutritional therapy at The London Acupuncture Space.

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