Hot flushes, insomnia, digestive disturbance, weight gain, poor memory, increased pain, low libido and mood swings are just the tip of the iceberg when treating menopause. The reality is that it is inevitable, but the reality is it is all completely related to hormones, and hormones are entirely dependent on neurotransmitters.
Neurotransmitters are body chemicals that keep us happy, calm and motivated, Serotonin is the primary neurotransmitters that most anti-depressants target; it makes us feel happy, good, calm and content. Did you know that 80% of your serotonin is used in the gut and that it is made there also? A natural part of menopause is declining serotonin and thus declining mood, increased cravings, headaches and reduced sleep. Serotonin nerves have receptors for oestrogen and oestrogen starts to decline peri-menopause and so does your mood. We also address lack of motivation and energy that often accompanies menopause. Stress makes your body produce cortisol; this can lead to further hormone imbalances. Addressing stress is one of the primary treatment areas that need to be addressed.
Following an individualized treatment and food plan we will work on balancing your hormones, reduces hot flushes, improving mood and libido and giving you back your spark.
Natural Fertility Management
Did you know that recent research has shown every aspect of our reproduction is adversely affected by our modern lifestyle and living conditions? One in six couples have trouble conceiving, in one third of those cases of infertility, it is the male who is responsible, in another third, the female is responsible, and the last third both the male and female are responsible. Currently estimates suggest about six percent of men between the ages of fifteen and fifty are infertile.
Preconception care for both partners is the key ingredient in ensuring optimal reproductive health. The good news is, studies have shown that if both prospective parents improve their general health, and if they avoid many common lifestyle factors and environmental hazards in the months preceding conception, they can greatly improve their reproductive outcomes. The most improvement will be seen in the physical, mental and emotional health of their child.
There are certain things that can be done to enhance fertility for females, such as regulate ovulation, balance hormone levels, reduce endometriosis and improve uterine health, improve the health of the ova and ovaries, clear blocked fallopian tubes and improve tubal function, discover and treat hidden infections in the reproductive tract, treat pelvic inflammatory disease, soften scar tissue and adhesions, lessen cervical damage from erosion/infection/surgery, and enhance quality and quantity of fertile mucus. Not forgetting the males, we can look at improving sperm count, motility and health and quantity of sperm.
Following enhancement of fertility, we can then look at conceiving at the right time, producing a normal, healthy and full-term pregnancy, a short and straight forward labour, and finally a bright and beautiful healthy baby with successful breastfeeding. If you are having any problems at all, don’t hesitate to call to make an appointment, and come and speak to me about these issues.
Sexual Dysfunction & Poor Libido
Poor libido and sexual dysfunction can cause problems not only for the affected person, but for their partner also, if they are in a long term relationship, making this problem such an important one to treat. Male andropause begins around the age of 25, very slowly male hormones decline, where women’s menopause occurs almost all at once over a 5 year period between the age of around 45 to 55 years.
The sex hormones need to be produced at good levels for healthy sexual function, though there are a few obstacles that can get in the way, such as stress, as mentioned above, which can divert the ingredients for your sex hormones away to be produced into stress hormones instead. The same goes for a healthy menopause and premenstrual tension. Too much stress, usually equates to not enough reproductive hormones, resulting in hormonal imbalance, and many unwanted symptoms such as hot flushes, irritability, premenstrual pain, depression, migraines and more.
Weight gain and obesity will also cause a problem with sexual dysfunction, causing circulatory problems. Good sexual function requires good circulation, and so heart disease and sexual dysfunction are often associated with one another. For this reason, blood pressure medication can sometimes adversely affect male sexual function. The correct treatment would be to lose weight, reduce the blood pressure through correct metabolism, increase circulation naturally, and the sexual dysfunction will often correct itself. There are some very special herbs though, to help raise testosterone and oestrogen levels, which can be used in the interim until the problem is resolved.