“The Change of Life” refers to menopause where female reproductive capability ceases, hormone levels change and subsequent physical changes ensue. Suzanne Summers refers to these changes as the Seven Dwarves of Menopause: Itchy, Bitchy, Sleepy, Sweaty, Bloated, Forgetful, and All Dried Up! While it’s been a taboo subject for generations, today it’s better understood and more openly discussed than ever before.
In a nutshell, menopause is the end of a woman’s menstruation and fertility, defined as occurring 12 months after a women’s last menstrual period. It is the time when the ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone.
Earlier generations believed the symptoms associated with menopause were “all in their head” and therefore, were reluctant to talk about it. Apart from the absence of periods, women may also notice other changes and symptoms such as hot flashes/night sweats, low libido, mood swings, weight gain, foggy thinking, sleeplessness and vaginal dryness. Relief is available.
Use our Menopausal rating scale to keep track of you symptoms and discuss with you primary care provider.
Supplements to Consider for menopausal symptoms:
MenoFem – a unique formula integrating Native American, Chinese, and Ayurvedic herbs to provide a balanced approach to relieving menopausal symptoms naturally. Supports Healthy Hormone Balance During Perimenopause and Menopause. Helps Relieve Bothersome Symptoms of Normal Perimenopause and Menopause, Such as Hot Flashes.
Femquil – delivers biologically active folate and other key methylation vitamins in combination with a targeted blend of ingredients to encourage hormone balance, help modify xenoestrogen activity, and restore tranquility. Vitex and black cohosh provide traditional hormone-balancing support; DIM, calcium D-glucarate, and 8-prenylnaringenin (from hops extract) promote estrogen detoxification; and rosemary, resveratrol, grape seed extract, and green tea extract provide antioxidant activity.
Protection! We highy recommend our patients take Hormone Protect or DIM when on Hormone Therapy to ensure your hormones are metabolized correctly. These products alone may also help with Estrogen dominance without the use of supplemental hormones.
Hormone Protect – is an ideal combination of DIM (diindolylmethane) and truebroc™ (glucoraphanin) that helps protect estrogen-sensitive tissues by promoting healthy estrogen metabolism and supporting detoxification and neutralization of harmful estrogen metabolites and xenoestrogens.
DIMension 3 – represents a three-dimensional approach to supporting healthy estrogen metabolism. Research suggests that diindolylmethane (DIM), curcumin (from turmeric extract), and the patented black pepper extract BioPerine® support balanced estrogen metabolism.
28 Day Detoxification Plan – this is not a bowel cleanse but a “metabolic” cleanse to help your body’s systems re-align and start working the way they were intended. You’ll feel the difference!
Hormone Balancing Program (by office appointment only)
If you have symptoms of hormone deficiency, a bio-identical hormone replacement program (BHRT) might be right for you. BHRT should always be under the supervision and support of a healthcare provider. Testing your hormones with saliva hormone testing is usually the first step in the process.
Seek advice from your doctor or call us for an appointment with Dr. Santoriello’s team to develop a plan for balance! Purchase of any of the following hormone creams is restricted to those patients with prescriptions in our office notes.
See further information about our Hormone Balancing Program.