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25th September 2017 01:23 PM

Author: Maxine Silk


It comes to us all at some point or other. Perhaps even men. However today i want to talk about the female menopause and who suffers most. The average age for most women is between 45 and 55 and is a time of change. It might start by your periods changing, whether they are less regular or even closer together. You might notice that you feel hotter than usual. Or you are not sleeping too well. 

Physically, the peri-menopause is the time leading up to the actual stopping of ovary function and may take 4 years. The menopause happens once the ovaries stop producing eggs. So as the hormones oestrogen and progesterone drop (during peri-menopause), this may produce uncomfortable side effects. 
  • hot flushes
  • night sweats 
  • becoming hot generally
  • anxiety
  • insomnia
  • vaginal dryness
  • loss of libido
  • headaches
  • mood changes
  • depression
  • brain fog
  • weight gain
Many women sail through the menopause with few signs and symptoms. The Daily Telegraph states that there are 4 types of menopause:
  1. Few symptoms - Chinese women had a consistently low chance of developing debilitating symptoms
  2. A high chance of symptoms - black women, those who drink alcohol moderately or heavily and those who reported symptoms of anxiety and depression
  3. Early onset of symptoms - Obese women, those with a history of depression or anxiety, those with poor overall health, those who started the peri-menopause at a later age
  4. Late onset of symptoms - Women with a low BMI, smokers, black women 
(Daily Telegraph Source:  13.9.17)
Visiting your GP may result in you being offered a prescription for HRT. However there are many other options which may help you. Acupuncture, changes in diet and lifestyle are all beneficial.

Why not keep a food diary and notice when you have symptoms. For some, alcohol is a trigger for increased hot flushes and insomnia, for others it might be caffeine, sugar or the work/life balance. By knowing your triggers this will allow you to make informed choices. 

As an Acupuncturist, I see the physical changes taht i can make in patients' hot flushes, insomnia and anxiety levels. Having a fabulous toolkit which involves magnets, acupressure, cupping therapy and of course needles, i can reduce symptoms to make your transition easier.

Case Study: 47 year old woman, peri-menopausal for 4 years.

Original Symptoms:  3-4 hot flushes per day, night sweats x3 per night, not being able to fall back to sleep after night sweats, generally hot at night, especially after drinking wine.

Treatment:  Using a combination of magnets on acupuncture points, cupping therapy, regular acupuncture and moxibustion, symptoms began to reduce to a point where now the patient has 1 warm flush per fortnight. Wine was switched for Gin and Tonic. The patient is delighted with the results.

I believe it is a time of life to celebrate. We are free from our child-bearing years and should no longer be responsible for another human-being whether that be a child or partner. Lets free ourselves of the symptoms and live our lives as fully as we can. 

If you want to find out more, please get in touch.

Maxine Silk 07914 852 130

Maxine is a classically trained 5 Element Acupuncturist (Lic.Ac) and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC). She uses an effective system of medicine to diagnose and treat the root cause of disease rather than chasing symptoms; in a balanced and harmonious state, we exhibit good health. Together with Acupuncture, Maxine uses the following therapies in her clinic: Moxibustion, GuaSha, Cupping Therapy, Korean Hand Therapy, Auricular Acupuncture, K-Taping.

Maxine treats from our Sandiacre Centre on a Monday and a Friday. 






Tags: Acupuncture, female wellbeing, Maxine Silk, menopause, womens health

Treatments: Acupuncture

Practitioners: Maxine Silk

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