Homeopathy for Post Menopause

What is postmenopause?

Postmenopause is a term to describe the time after someone has gone through menopause. When you’re in postmenopause, your menstrual period has been gone for longer than 12 consecutive months. At this stage in life, your reproductive years are behind you and you’re no longer ovulating (releasing eggs). The menopausal symptoms you’ve experienced in the past may become milder or go away completely. However, some people continue to experience menopausal symptoms for a decade or longer after menopause.

What hormonal changes happen after menopause?

Your ovaries are making very little of both estrogen and progesterone by the time you’re in postmenopause. Some people still experience side effects from low hormone levels.

Postmenopause Symptoms

You may have none. You may be completely asymptomatic except that you are not having any periods. Other women may still be experiencing the symptoms that started in the perimenopause. These could be: 

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Recurrent cystitis

  • Frequent urination

  • Painful sex

  • Hot flushes

  • Night sweats

  • Anxiety

  • Low mood

  • Mood swings

  • Disturbed sleep

  • Lack of libido

  • Fatigue and tiredness

  • Heartburn and sluggish bowels

  • Dry skin and altered skin texture

  • Hair thinning

Many of these symptoms may resolve, such as hot flushes, night sweats or mood changes, but others will remain.

As the collagen and elastin structure alters due to lack of estrogen, the following will happen and is likely to get worse over time: bone thinning (osteopenia or osteoporosis), hair and skin changes, dryness of the vulva and vagina (affecting the bladder and causing discomfort during sex).

All women will experience bone thinning after menopause. They will lose on average 5 per cent of their bone mass in the first year of their menopause and 1 per cent every year after that. It is important to maintain a good calcium and Vitamin D3 intake, but also to undertake light weight-bearing exercise. 

FOODS TO EAT AFTER MENOPAUSE:

  • Dark, leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, etc.)

  • Starchy vegetables (squash, sweet potatoes, beets)

  • Calcium rich products for bone health

  • Healthy fats, which may help manage hot flushes 

  • Whole grains for heart health and diabetes prevention.

  • Phytoestrogen foods such as grapes and soybeans

  • Lots of antioxidant-rich fruits to support immune function

FOODS TO AVOID AFTER MENOPAUSE:

  • Refined carbohydrates

  • Added sugars

  • Alcohol and caffeine (limit your consumption)

  • High-salt foods, which may further reduce bone density

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES TO HELP

Homeopathy is an invaluable tool to have for peri/menopause & post menopause. Supporting your body naturally though this process and beyond can lead to a reduction in the severity of post menopause symptoms. 

I want to focus on Brain health & Bone health in post menopause. Skin changes post menopause are also be a main symptom we see when a woman has gone through menopause. Dryness, tightness and loss of elasticity in the skin. There is another blog on supports for skin during menopause on my website http://homeopathyeastcork.com/menopause-your-skin/

BRAIN HEALTH 

Supporting our brain during this stage of life can have a profound impact on our future brain health. A decline in oestrogen in post- menopausal women may make them more prone to learning and memory problems that are related to Alzheimer’s disease. Women make up almost 65% of people who currently have dementia (Ref – Alzheimer’s Society UK 2023).

Kali Phos – The over worked brain and nervous system! This remedy is indicated where there is mental fatigue from over work. Your mind feels sluggish and dull. Mental fatigue from over study and worry also. It is effective for students studying and coming up to exams. Also useful when there are memory problems and forgetfulness.

Gelsenium – When there is an inability to think clearly or concentrate. Person may feel a state of nervousness in the body, shaky hands, twitching or tremors. There can also be a heaviness felt in the head and eyes feel so tired and droopy.

Trying to do any mental work is difficult, can’t fix attention, connect ideas and having vanishing thoughts or just mental

Lycopodium – You may feel like your brain is loosing power! There is quite a lot of confusion, with this remedy. Confused thoughts in your mind, memory is weak, mistakes in writing and speaking – using the wrong words/unable to express yourself correctly. Also a great remedy for Dyslexia.

Natrum Mur – For brain fog that can be attributed to sleeplessness. There may be a feeling underneath of sadness, grief, anxiety or depression. Suits persons who keep to themselves emotionally and would rather be left alone without consolation. There’s a fullness of mind and difficulty in thinking.

BONE HEALTH

As we get older, the rate of new bone formation slows down. Family history and a petite body frame size can also increase the risk of developing conditions like osteoporosis or osteopenia. 

Tissue salts

Very useful in promoting bone health. They are working on a cellular level. Calcarea phosphorica help increase calcium deposition in bones, absorption of calcium and other nutrients from digested food, and bone density. Calcium fluoride and Silica can be used alongside Calc Phos to improve absorption of those minerals and proper utilisation.

These can be repeated as needed. For the best outcome, a healthy diet alongside the tissue salts will provide the minerals which the remedies will help absorb.

Phosphorus is often helpful to people who are sensitive, suggestible, imaginative but easily tired or weakened physically. Bones may be less strong than normal or be slow to heal after fractures. Weakness is often felt in the spine, with burning pain between the shoulder blades. A desire for refreshing foods (especially ice cream) and a strong thirst for cold or carbonated drinks are other indications for this remedy.

Symphytum is indicated for osteoporosis and is known for “knitting” bones that refuse to mend or are slow to fuse after a fracture. When osteoporosis is a problem, fractures often occur from mild trauma. This remedy can be useful for strengthening and healing bones when new fractures occur and also helpful when pain persists in old, healed fractures.

Calcarea carbonica is often helpful to individuals who are easily tired by exertion and tend to feel anxious and overwhelmed from work or stress. The person may be chilly, flabby or overweight, and feel worse from cold and dampness. Back pain, swollen joints, and a sweaty head at night are often seen. People who need this remedy often have strong cravings for both eggs and sweets.

Calcarea phosphorica has stiffness, soreness, and weakness of the bones and joints. Aching in the bones of the neck, upper back, and hips can be distressing. Deep tiredness frequently is felt, especially after exercise. Calcium deposits and bone-spurs may develop, even while general bone loss is taking place, and fractures may be slow to heal. People who need this remedy often see a feeling of dissatisfaction and a strong desire for travel or a change of circumstances.

As the changes in our bodies during & after menopause are inevitable it is essential to act early and support your brain & bone health. That way we can limit any reduction to our future quality of life. 

If you are struggling with any post menopausal symptoms and would like to know how homeopathy can help future proof your body – please avail of our free 15min call. 

 

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