Peri-menopause & Endometriosis

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    Peri-menopause wasn´t something we taught about years ago, but now with changing times medical staff and health professionals are realising that this is in fact, a real situation, and that women are certainly suffering from this period of life.

    At what age can women expect this?

    Not every woman experiences peri-menopause, the reason being everyone is different, and has different lifestyles and health history. However, most women begin to see signs of peri-menopause around the age of 36 - 40 years old.

    So what is one of the most common symptoms associated with Peri-menopause?

    Usually ovarian cysts, which of course are difficult to identify as they lie very quiet until they decide to give us pain and let us know they are there. So how do you deal with this?

    Regular check-ups at your gynaecologist is a must. Aunts and grandmothers will tell you that they never did this, and of course that may be true, but on the other hand, they didn´t need to, why? Because life was completely different 40 - 50 years ago. Stress, contamination in our food, chemicals in our water and food products, all this contributes to the way our bodies deal with hormonal changes. 

    Endometriosis - what exactly is this?

    This is another symptom of peri-menopause and must not be taken lightly, this disease in which stray pieces of the womb attach themselves to other pelvic organs - and sometimes other organs. It must be taken seriously and usually with regular check ups it will be detected early.

    What happens then?

    They form into cysts and, during periods, will bleed like the rest of the womb lining. However, because the blood cannot escape they become swollen and may cause a lot of pain - although some women have endometriosis and no pain at all. This disease is more common in women who have not had children, around 30-40% of sufferers are infertile. However, this can be rectified.

    Severe cramps Heavy periods Pelvic pain Pain during intercourse Pain when passing water Swollen stomach Depression  Tiredness Insomnia 

    Endometriosis is usually treated by surgery, keyhole surgery is the easiest way, unless the symptoms are extreme. If follow up drugs are given they will usually cause hot flushes, vaginal dryness, acne and some weight gain. Once the drugs are stopped life can go back to normal.  Some practitioners will provide a course of low dosage oestrogen and progesterone cream.

    Why Progesterone Cream?

    Natural Progesterone cream is the best, because it is transdermal, which means it is transported to the liver via the skin rather than the stomach. Capsules can be dissolved in the stomach acids and juices, so much of the medication is lost in this way. Transdermal bio-identical therapy works quickly and is very gentle on the system. 

    If a woman has recently had Endometriosis removed, she is very venerable and will feel tearful and worried, the reason being is that her endocrine system has been changed, and he body is not sure exactly what is happening. However, Progesterone cream acts as the "happy hormone cream" it will immediately affect the way a woman feels, she will feel brighter and this is because her hormones are harmonizing, this is the beginning of a secure and safe recovery.

    Will she need Progesterone Cream afterwards?

    Very likely yes, once the hormones begin to balance progesterone will keep the oestrogen at an even level, which means it will fight off any unwanted side effects or the return of cysts and endometria, so ideally for the first six months after her surgery she will need a daily dose with a 7 days break, then she can slowly go onto a low dose to keep her balanced and happy

    Is a hysterectomy necessary?

    No, today women are treated with hormone therapy and keyhole surgery, however if there is sign of cancer or extreme damage the surgeon may recommend a semi-hysterectomy (leaving the ovaries) or if the ovaries have been affected too, remove of them or one of them. Women have the choice, but be sure you ask the right questions.

    What else is recommended for endometriosis?

    Most women nowadays try to include natural therapy in their recuperation of many illnesses and diseases. Learning about this is very important. Always check before you embark on a natural product, they also can be dangerous and harmful. Find out if you are allergic to certain herbs, tinctures and supplements before you embark on a course that could be detrimental to your health.

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