Menopause Discomfort

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Looking into “acupuncture for menopause near me”? Irvine Meridian Acupuncture Health Center provides the best acupuncturists for menopause in Irvine.

During menopause, some women may suffer considerable discomfort, while others do not experience any discomfort. Through years of experience treating menopause discomfort for my patients, Dr. Fu has seen that most menopause suffering patients’ body constitutions are Yin deficiency.

There is the theory of Yin-Yang in Chinese medicine. Yang is like the day time, sun, hot, fire, dry………. . Yin is like the night time, moon, cold, water, wet………. . If Yin and Yang are balanced in your body, you will feel comfortable, peaceful and healthy. If Yin is too low (Yin deficiency), you will feel too much Yang (Heat) in your body, the heat will disrupt your sleep, cause hot flashes, night sweats and emotional issues.

 

Dr. Fu uses certain body acupuncture points, auricular acupuncture points, and herbs to increase Yin and reduce heat for my patients. This combination of treatments always produces good results. And unlike hormone therapy, patients do not need to worry about the risk of cancer. Acupuncture is all-natural and has no side-effects.

“I have been suffering from insomnia, the state of being unable to fall asleep, for a while. And, also the female menopause hot flashes symptom.  It’s easily awakened and a worse time falling asleep again.  Every morning I would get up exhausted and frustrated, causing my emotions to fluctuate wildly between happiness and anger. In a fortuitous circumstance, a friend of mine suggested acupuncture and pressure auricular therapy… read more“*

W. H. (Irvine, CA)

The efficacy of acupuncture for menopause

Research has found that acupuncture for menopause can be a viable alternative for your menopause discomfort. In a study published in the BMJ Open [1], they randomly separated 70 participants who were experiencing menopausal symptoms into two groups: an intervention group where they received acupuncture and a control group. In a period of 6 weeks, they collected data on the effects of acupuncture for menopause based on the hot flushes scale. With that data, they were able to conclude that acupuncture for menopause can produce a fast and clinically relevant reduction in moderate-to-severe menopausal symptoms during the six-week intervention. Also, no severe adverse effects were reported.

acupuncture for menopause near me

Looking for “acupuncture for menopause discomfort near me”? Come visit our clinic and receive the best acupuncture for menopause in Irvine. Claim your free consultation now by calling: (949) 229-7498

 

What are the stages of menopause?

A woman does not go through menopause right away but will go through two different stages before and after menopause. Women will first go through perimenopause then transition into menopause. Afterward, they will go through postmenopause. Here are the three different stages and what happens during that time:

Perimenopause (menopause transition)

Perimenopause usually starts 3-5 years before menopause and its the process when the body starts gradually producing less estrogen and hormones. It usually starts in a woman’s 40s but there is a chance it can start in her 30s as well. Around this time, many women may experience irregular menstrual cycles and symptoms of menopause. But, women can still get pregnant.

Menopause

Menopause happens when a woman has not experienced a menstrual period for 12 months. Menopause is the stage of a women’s life when they no longer have menstrual periods. Once this happens, the ovaries stop releasing eggs and producing estrogen and progesterone, which are two hormones used for fertility.

Note: Women may experience menopause at different times and may experience different symptoms. Some women can experience menopause in their 30s or even in their 60s. Usually, they will experience menopause around the same age as their moms or sisters.

Postmenopause

Postmenopause is the stage after a woman has not bled for an entire year and will continue through the rest of a woman’s life. During postmenopause, some women continue to experience menopausal symptoms and some may experience reduced symptoms of menopause.

 

Perimenopause Symptoms

During perimenopause, the body starts transitioning towards menopause. Around this time the body starts to experience perimenopause symptoms. Symptoms of perimenopause include:

  • Irregular periods
  • Heavier or lighter periods
  • Worse Postmenstrual syndromes (PMS) before periods
  • Breast tenderness
  • Weight gain
  • Hair changes
  • Increase in heartbeat
  • Headaches
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Forgetfulness
  • Muscle aches
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Fertility issues

 

Menopause Symptoms

In the transition from perimenopause to menopause, estrogen levels decrease. With this decrease in estrogen levels, one starts experiencing menopause symptoms. Some symptoms of menopause may be felt during perimenopause. Menopause symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Depression
  • Anxiety or irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Frequent urination

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After menopause complications (postmenopause)

As a result of menopause, women have lower levels of estrogen. During that time and going to the postmenopause stage, women are at increased risk for several health conditions. These complications include:

  • Vulvovaginal atrophy
  • Dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
  • Slower metabolism and may lead to weight gain
  • Osteoporosis  (weaker bones with reduced mass and strength)
  • Anxiety, depression, mood swings (sudden emotional changes)
  • Cataracts
  • Periodontal disease
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Heart or blood vessel disease

Other complications of menopause

Menopause may also have these other complications:

  • Lack of motivation and difficulty concentrating.
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue and insomnia
  • Aggressiveness and irritability
  • Sexual function: vaginal dryness, reduce sexual desire

 

Managing symptoms of menopause

Menopause symptom is a natural process in the body and there are some natural remedies that can help in managing symptoms of menopause and reduce the risk you may experience because of menopause. Some tips and remedies include:

  • Try to remain cool to reduce hot flashes
  • Avoid triggers of hot flashes like alcohol, caffeine, smoking, stress, and anxiety
  • Sleep well
  • Use relaxation techniques like breathing, stretching, massages, etc.
  • Strengthen your pelvic floor
  • Have a balanced and healthy diet
  • Quit smoking 
  • Exercise

Acupuncture for menopause treatment in Irvine

In need of acupuncture for menopause in Irvine? Our clinic can help you with that. Our certified acupuncturists provide acupuncture for menopause treatment to help with your symptoms of menopause. If you want to know more about acupuncture for menopause discomfort, claim your free consultation by calling: (949) 229-7498

Reference

[1]Lund KSSiersma VBrodersen J, et al Efficacy of a standardised acupuncture approach for women with bothersome menopausal symptoms: a pragmatic randomised study in primary care (the ACOM study)