The tide is turning when it comes to women feeling free and empowered to discuss menopausal symptoms and how to addressing them.
The average age of onset of menopause in developed countries is 51 but this can vary significantly and many women will start experiencing pre-menopausal symptoms far earlier. Some estimates put the length of menopausal symptoms at 7 years, making menopause a major health event for most women.
Traditional western medicine interventions like HRT are popular and effective for many women. That said, the benefits of long term HRT use (over 5 years) need to be weighed up against potential adverse impacts and some women also question whether HRT is right for them due to their past medical history or their family history. While any discussion about the pros and cons of HRT should certainly involve your GP, it is worth keeping in mind that there are other interventions that could help to manage your symptoms either instead of or alongside conventional western medicine - one of these is classical acupuncture.
Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective treatment for many common menopause (or peri-menopausal) symptoms including night sweats and hot flushes, anxiety and depression, sleep disturbance and insomnia, osteoporosis (when used with moxibustion) and mental decline. [Source: https://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/acupuncture.../]
Classical acupuncture aims to bring your body’s vital energy (‘qi’) into balance by inserting fine needles (the thickness of a human hair) in just the right spot, encouraging movement of the qi into areas of deficiency, away from areas of excess or simply promoting the free flow of qi throughout the body. We will often supplement the needles with moxibustion which involves application of gentle heat to the acupoints to help encourage the movement of qi.
During your appointment your acupuncturist will take time to thoroughly explore your symptoms and general health - we know that each woman's experience of menopause is unique and we aim to tailor our support to what your body needs and to adjust this over time as your symptoms evolve.
The easiest way to find out more about how acupuncture could help you is to request one of our free 15 minute no-obligation consultations or, if you prefer, dive straight in and book an initial appointment.