Midlife Changes for Women
Midlife is a special time in a woman’s life. Your body’s chemistry is changing dramatically, and that can be challenging for some women.
Perimenopause can begin as early as age 35, and continue up to age 55. Many women report that menstrual cycles get shorter, longer, or irregular. Ovulation becomes less frequent, fertility decreases, and symptoms of estrogen dominance occur (PMS, insomnia, hot flashes, growth of fibroid tumors, headaches, mood swings, and breast tenderness.)
Average age is 52. Some women report episodes of heavy bleeding leading up to menopause. It is common to experience insomnia, weight gain, hot flashes, mood swings and depression, memory loss, dryness of skin, eyes, and vaginal tissue, incontinence, bone loss, joint or muscle pain.
Designing a Plan That Addresses Your Needs
I take a comprehensive health history and look at your risk factors for breast cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. I combine dietary and lifestyle recommendations, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, phytoestrogens from foods and herbs (soy, vitex, licorice, tang quei, black cohosh, and soy), and natural human identical hormones.
How can we get relief from menopausal symptoms as well as slow premature aging? It makes sense to make use of the positive benefits of diet, herbs, supplements, acupuncture, exercise, and stress reduction. Many women find that they need extra hormonal support. Testing is available to assess your risk for diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease.
Saliva or blood tests give important information about your hormone levels.
Chinese Medicine’s Long History of Success
The practice of gynecology in Chinese Medicine goes back over 3000 years. This ancient system of healing has proven itself over time to be safe and effective. It has a long tradition of promoting longevity, and has much to offer women in their quest to age gracefully.
According to traditional Chinese theory, women’s physiology is rooted in Blood, which is the source of the menstrual period, fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth. Kidney deficiency is at the root of many women’s problems. The purpose of therapy is to regulate, clear stagnation and heat conditions when necessary, and tonify Yin, Yang, Qi, and Blood.
What are your unique health needs?
What can your family history tell you?
What are your hormone levels and bone density?
What are the pros and cons of using hormones or bone building medications?
Read Molly's book
Choices for Women at Midlife, Natural Hormone Replacement and Alternative Medicine.