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What Is Perimenopause / Menopause?

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UNDERSTANDING Perimenopause / Menopause

Perimenopause and menopause are natural stages in a woman’s life that mark the transition from the reproductive years to the end of menstruation. Perimenopause refers to the period leading up to menopause when hormonal fluctuations begin to occur, while menopause is defined as the cessation of menstrual periods for 12 consecutive months. These hormonal changes can give rise to a variety of physical and emotional symptoms.

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Symptoms of perimenopause / menopause

If you are experiencing perimenopause / menopause, you may encounter one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Hot flashes or night sweats
  • Mood swings or irritability
  • Sleep disturbances, such as insomnia or restless sleep
  • Vaginal dryness or discomfort during intercourse
  • Decreased libido or sexual function
  • Fatigue or low energy levels
  • Weight gain or changes in body composition

ACUPUNCTURE FOR perimenopause / menopause

Acupuncture can be an effective complementary therapy for managing the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, providing relief and supporting overall well-being during this transitional phase. By targeting specific acupuncture points, it aims to restore balance, harmonize hormones, and enhance overall vitality. Benefits of acupuncture for perimenopause / menopause include:

Acupuncture has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes and night sweats, providing relief from these disruptive symptoms.

Acupuncture can help regulate hormonal fluctuations and promote a smoother transition through perimenopause and menopause.

Acupuncture can aid in improving sleep quality, addressing issues such as insomnia or restless sleep that often accompany this stage of life.

Acupuncture takes into account the emotional aspects of perimenopause and menopause, helping to reduce mood swings, irritability, and promote a greater sense of emotional balance.

Acupuncture stimulates the body’s energy pathways, supporting overall vitality and reducing fatigue commonly experienced during this phase.

Acupuncture can contribute to maintaining optimal bone health, which is important as women go through menopause and may be at a higher risk of osteoporosis.