Holistic Approaches to Treating Menopause Symptoms

Stay Healthy During and After Menopause with Naturopathic Medicine

What is Menopause?

Menopause marks the time in a woman's life when menstrual cycles end. The term is used to describe any of the changes that women experience as estrogen and progesterone levels decrease. For some women, menopause has mild or no symptoms. For others, the transition can be more difficult and may benefit from supportive care.

There are three stages to menopause:

Causes, Signs & Symptoms

Menopause occurs when reproductive hormone levels decline with age, and menstrual periods stop. The most common symptoms of menopause are hot flashes and night sweats (also called vasomotor symptoms). They vary from mild to quite intense.

Other symptoms linked to menopause-related estrogen loss include:

  • Emotional changes (depression, anxiety)
  • Insomnia and fatigue
  • Headaches, joint pain, muscle aches
  • Weight gain
  • Altered sex drive
  • Dry skin and acne
  • Vaginal dryness

How is Menopause Diagnosed?

Changes in menstrual patterns or the absence of periods of 12 months along with hot flashes are clear signs of menopause. Hormone levels can also be tested using functional lab testing: follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) levels increase, and estrogen and progesterone levels decrease.

How is Menopause Treated??

Spark Health provides naturopathic menopause treatment options. One advantage of Spark's naturopathic approach is our functional medicine lab testing. With a simple blood draw, we can test a variety of female hormone levels. With this information, we can devise a customized treatment to help ease the symptoms of menopause, which can include bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, botanical supplements, and lifestyle and nutrition modifications.

Our holistic approach to medicine is designed to treat both physical and emotional health and the range of physiological functions affected by altered hormone levels associated with menopause.

Why Choose Spark Health?

Your providers at Spark Health work as a team to understand your health goals and restore your health from the inside out. We know that every patient has unique health challenges and offer individualized treatment plans for optimal wellness.

Spark Health was founded in 2013 in Solana Beach, California, to provide patients in Southern California with personalized natural medicine and wellness options.

Frequently Asked Questions

Spark Health's licensed naturopathic physicians can treat symptoms of menopause with medications or supplements that balance hormone levels to help alleviate symptoms like hot flashes, dry skin, mood, and insomnia.

Spark Health offers a comprehensive functional lab blood panel that helps us pinpoint exactly what your body needs. Some women choose natural supplements, while others choose bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. No single supplement can treat all the different symptoms of menopause.

The process of menopause can last anywhere from 2-10 years. Some women have minimal symptoms and some experience more severe symptoms.

Perimenopause begins several years before menopause. Menopause is marked by the absence of a period for 12 months. Postmenopause takes place in the years after menopause.

The best remedy for menopause really depends on the symptoms you are trying to control. Our doctors will help you identify the alternative medicine treatment that is right for you, which can include natural supplements and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Yes, there are many natural treatments that can help alleviate the multiple symptoms of menopause.

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