Don’t Suffer Through Menopause: Learn How To Thrive!

Don’t Suffer Through Menopause: Learn How To Thrive!


by Elena Klimenko, MD

 

There are some important numbers to know for women heading into menopause:

    • The average age a woman enters menopause is 51 years old

    • Symptoms can begin five to 10 years before that

    • Menopause is defined as going 12 consecutive months without a period. At the 13th month without a period, a woman is considered menopausal

    • Women spend ⅓ to ½ of their life in menopause

    • Perimenopause can begin in the late 30s to 40s. Its symptoms include changing periods, hot flashes or night sweats, abdominal weight gain, loss of libido, insomnia, changing moods

    • Heart disease is the number one killer of women, not breast cancer. The American Red Cross states one in three deaths each year in women are due to heart disease

    • How Mitochondria Produce Energy

 

What Is Menopause?

Unfortunately, in the past, there wasn’t much info for women transitioning into menopause. Menopause is when hormones like estrogens and progesterone, once strong during the menstrual cycle, drop to very low levels and stay there. This drop impacts almost all systems in the body: heart, skin, bone, immune, vaginal, brain, metabolic, and mood health.

For instance, the decline in estradiol, a type of estrogen, can harm both gut microbiome and brain neurotransmitter health. This leads to more GI inflammation and fewer neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin (known as love or bonding hormone).

Menopause can be very frustrating. It’s when everything is changing inside despite women feel that they haven’t changed anything on the outside.

 

How We Can Help

First of all, laboratory evaluation is important. Even if you had a normal glucose, lipids, or thyroid test last year, it could be different now as a result of changes in your body. A comprehensive work-up to identify the systems that are changing is important so you can receive a personalized approach. It might even include functional tests for your hormones or gut microbiome.

Second, let’s identify areas that do need to be tightened up or addressed. For example, has your sleep been slipping? Up on your phone too late? Drinking more wine than usual? Skipping your workouts or experiencing higher stress levels lately? Nobody is perfect! The goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible for you and your body. There are ways we can support positive lifestyle changes.

Firstly, lab tests are very important. Even if your glucose, lipids, or thyroid tests were normal last year, they could be different now due to changes in your body. A comprehensive evaluation to pinpoint changing systems is crucial for a personalized approach. This may include functional tests for hormones or gut microbiome.

Secondly, let’s pinpoint areas needing attention. For instance, has your sleep been deteriorating? Are you on your phone late at night? Drinking more wine than usual? Skipping your workouts lately or feeling more stressed? Nobody is perfect! The goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible for you and your body. There are ways we can support your positive lifestyle changes.

 

Let’s Get Started

To learn more about Menopause, you can watch the replay of our live Q&A HERE.

Book a free consultation HERE or call us at +1.212.696.4325 or email us at info@drelenaklimenko.com. 

You may also visit us at 280 Madison Avenue, Suite 908, New York, NY 11235.

 

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