Osteopathy: Information concerning the perimenopausal life-period in women

Information concerning the perimenopausal life-period in women - Patient Information Form

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Information concerning the perimenopausal life-period in women

The menopause is the natural moment in a woman’s life when she stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant in a natural way (loss of ovarian function and stop of estrogen production).

The stop of periods can come suddenly or gradually over the time of several months.

Menopause is a natural part of life and is seen between the age of 45 – 55.

Menopause is there when the women didn’t have a menstruation for 12 months.

Menopause can also be caused by surgery (ovaria resection), chemo-or radiotherapy and primary ovarian insufficiency.

Typical symptoms are:

  • Hot flushes.
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Arteriosclerosis.
  • General loss of muscle tone (also pelvic floor).
  • Weight gain.
  • Increased sensibility for pain.

These symptoms can start months before the menopause.

Estrogen and progesterone (both hormones produced in ovaries and uterus) have important tasks in providing egg production and uterus/fetus development.

These hormones have also influences on several body functions and estrogen can also be produced by tissues such as brain, liver, kidneys,…

Symptoms of low estrogen levels:

  • Dry skin and thinning hair.
  • Rapid heartbeat.
  • Weight gain.
  • Low back pain.
  • Headaches.
  • Depression.
  • Panic attacks.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Mood swings.
  • Memory loss.
  • Loss of breast fullness.
  • Difficult concentration.
  • Chills and night sweat.
  • Because of the drop of estrogen before the menstruation, women can get premenstrual headaches.
  • In men:
    • Excess belly fat.
    • Low sex drive.

To avoid as much as possible osteoporosis, arteriosclerosis, weight gain and other symptoms, the following recommendations are important:

  • Consume more omega-3 fatty acids, eventually taking supplements.
  • Maintain a moderate weight.
  • Reduce chronic stress.
  • No alcohol consumption.
  • Drink lots of water for elimination of xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens are a type of xenohormone that imitates estrogen.
    • They are present in:
      • PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyl) in F.E. insulating fluids, coolings, plasticizers in cement and paints, coal tars.
      • BPA (bisphenol) in F.E. inside of food cans, clothing, shop receipts, dental fillings from before 2008.
      • Practical: don’t use:
        • Makeup, shampoo and other skin care with xenoestrogens:
      • Some 60% of the chemicals used on the skin enter the blood stream.
      • Look on the labels for:
        • Ending on -parabens.
        • Triclosan.
        • Anti-bacterial.
        • Odor-fighting.
        • Germ-killing.
        • Aluminium.
        • Phatalates, DEP, DBP, DEHP.
        • Benzophenone (sunscreen lotions).
        • Formaldehyde.
        • Lead.
        • Mercury.
        • Oxybenzone.
        • DEA, TEA, MEA.
        • Sodium lauryl sulfate.
        • Diethylene glycol.
      • Plastic food containers, especially when they are warmed up by for example the sun.
      • Parabens used as preservatives.
      • Avoid food preservatives.
      • Insecticides, herbicides, fungicides.Ethinylestradiol (combined oral contraceptive pill).
      • Skin of fruits.
      • Plastics.
      • Microwave food in plastic containers.
      • Household products with chemicals.
      • Bleached paper.
      • Creams and cosmetics with parabens.
      • Nail polish and nail polish removers.
      • Phytoestrogens, plant derived xenoestrogens such as in soy.
      • Mycoestrogens as in fungi.
      • Tap water (contains chlorine).
      • Avoid:
        • All soy products
        • Coffee.
        • Oats.
        • Lentils.
        • Peanuts, beans.
        • Alcohol.


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