10 Natural ways to beat the menopause this winter…

Autumn has definitely arrived, the evenings are getting darker and the nights colder. According to research cold weather impacts our mood, motivation and  general well-being.  The colder it gets, the less active most of us become.

How can we control our menopausal bodies during seasonal changes?
Some menopausal women experience few symptoms. For others, the fluctuation in hormones can lead to a host of unpleasant symptoms from the physical, such as hot flushes and poor sleep, to the emotional, such as anxiety and depressed mood. We need to remember the basics of maintaining healthy lifestyles with proper nutrition and exercise.

As Hormone Health’s registered dietitian Nigel Denby points out:

You can take control of your symptoms rather than let the menopause control you. 

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The shift in season does not have to be a difficult, arduous task for our bodies. To get you started on your lifestyle plan, here are 10 of the most effective natural ways to manage the menopause.

 

Ms.Tina Peers  Consultant in Contraception and Reproductive Healthcare at Hormone Health shares her ‘wish list’ when it comes to contraception.

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This month…

Having a ‘Wish List’ when choosing the right birth control
Intrauterine systems? (IUS)
How they work, popularity & possible side effects.

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World Menopause Day

 

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In the spotlight this month is
Dr Liz McCulloch.

Dr. Liz McCulloch trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in one of the most reputable Clinics (Ignaz-Semmelweis) in Vienna before deciding to move to the UK and gain her GMC qualifications as a General Practitioner.

Dr Liz McCulloch recently attended the British College of Aesthetic Medicine 2020 Virtual Conference on the topic: “Why Hormones & Aesthetic Medicine are inextricably linked” this is what she had to say on the topic…

We know that both extrinsic and intrinsic factors contribute to the aging of the skin. Understanding how menopausal change impacts the aging process will support a holistic approach to aesthetic care.

As we age, we see a migration of the facial fat compartments and characteristic wrinkling of the skin. Oestrogen maintains epidermal thickness and the collagen in the dermis. Oestrogen deprivation can lead to skin changes such as atrophy and fine wrinkling which are often attributed to exogenous aging alone. Recognition of the wider effect of menopausal changes includes the impact of vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA), osteoporosis, low energy and libido on individual wellbeing.

Bone loss, especially around the mandibular area, will result in deep marionette lines, chin ptosis, pseudo jowls and mentalis hyperactivity.  We can correct these with dermal fillers and botulinum toxin. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is known to improve bone health in menopausal women and prevent fractures later on in life but could facial bone loss also be prevented? Small studies indicate an increase in mandibular bone mass, but more research is needed.

Many perimenopausal women suffer from sleep deprivation and insomnia. Falling progesterone levels causing sleeping problems are often an early sign of the perimenopause. Sleep deprivation is an intrinsic factor contributing to the aging process as it can enhance inflammation, increase DNA damage and decrease DNA repair. Combined HRT containing micronised progesterone may alleviate the sleeping disturbances.

 

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