Menopause is time in a woman’s life when her periods (menstruation) eventually stop and the body goes through changes that no longer allow her to get pregnant. It is a natural event that normally occurs in women age 45 – 55.
During menopause, a woman’s ovaries stop making eggs and they produce less estrogen and progesterone. Changes in these hormones cause menopause symptoms. Periods occur less often and eventually stop. Sometimes this happens suddenly. But most of the time, periods slowly stop over time.
Menopause is complete when you have not had a period for 1 year. This is called postmenopause. Women who are postmenopausal can no longer get pregnant.
Symptoms vary from woman to woman. They may last 5 or more years. Some women may have worse symptoms than others. Symptoms of surgical menopause can be more severe and start more suddenly.
The first thing you may notice is that your periods start to change. They might occur more often or less often. Some women might get their period every 3 weeks. This might last for 1 – 3 years before the periods completely stop.
Common symptoms of menopause include:
- Menstrual periods that occur less often and eventually stop
- Heart pounding or racing
- Hot flashes, usually worst during the first 1 – 2 years
- Night sweats
- Skin flushing
- Sleeping problems (insomnia)
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and Herbs can offer significant relief from the debilitation symptoms women experience as they go through menopause. As a natural medicine, they work without the risks associated with conventional treatments.
Some of the many menopausal symptoms that respond well to acupuncture are:
- Hot Flashes
- Emotional fluctuations
- Dryness throughout the body