Menopause symptoms affect some women more than others. For many women, symptoms range far beyond hot flashes and mood swings. There are many options for women who struggle with menopause.
Menopause is a natural biological process typically occurring between the ages of 45 and 55. It is the time in a woman’s life when her ovaries stop producing eggs, her body produces less estrogen and progesterone, and menstruation becomes less frequent, eventually stopping altogether.
Menopausal symptoms have one thing in common — they’re signs of hormonal imbalance. Symptoms tend to peak during the perimenopause and menopause years as your hormones begin to fluctuate. The most common symptoms of menopause are:
- Cravings for sweets or carbohydrates
- Difficulty concentrating, memory problems
- Diminished sexual desire, vaginal dryness
- Heart pounding or racing
- Hot flashes and/or night sweats
- Insomnia or restless sleep
- Irregular periods
- Irritability, mood swings, depression or anxiety
- Stiffness and joint pain
- Skin flushing
- Weight gain, especially around the middle
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatments alleviate the symptoms of menopause. The research is unshakable – acupuncture can reduce your hot flashes by more than half and in some cases can take them away completely. This is because acupuncture and herbal formulas have been shown to increase estrogen. Your acupuncturist will also discuss diet and lifestyle changes which will also help immensely.