Low libido/vaginal dryness
Women often feel that hormone therapy is the only option for their menopausal symptoms and sometimes, it is necessary, however, seeing a Naturopathic doctor can help you find ways to help lesson your symptoms. It usually involves an extensive initial intake of 60-90 minutes that may include physical, mental, emotional concerns including past history as well as possibly running labs looking from all angles. Your treatment is then targeted for your specific needs and tweaked as necessary to include herbal tincture, tea, capsules as well as other nutrients that may be indicated.
Lifestyle Practices for Menopause
Women who exercise regularly and eat well prior to perimenopause often are more likely to a more positive menopausal experience.
Alcohol at greater than 4 servings per week can increase estrogen levels. So, why is this a problem? It depends on the person. Estrogen levels can be high or low during this phase in life. A really good reason to test estrogen levels and work on the core issues.
There are many ways that estrogen levels become elevated even in menopause. Plastics, phthalates, and parabens which are all chemicals in the environment that act like estrogen. Estrogen is also stored in fat, so being overweight can cause excess estrogen. If your gut health is not optimal, you are likely to recycle estrogen and reabsorb it back into the intestines.
Further, estrogen is often not the real problem or cause of menopausal symptoms, it is decreased progesterone levels which balances estrogen so with a decrease in progesterone and possible increase in estrogen, you can end up with a significant imbalance between the two.
There are foods that have a large impact on estrogen such as processed foods and sugars so limiting these is important. Also, looking at food intolerances such as gluten, dairy, eggs. Foods that might be helpful are flax seeds and soy which help the body process hormones better. Be sure to use organic soy products.