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About Managing Menopause Holistically

If you’re going through menopause or perimenopause, you’re experiencing a drop in your levels of oestrogen, progesterone and sometimes testosterone.

Oestrogen and progesterone play pivotal roles in both your body and mind. A decrease in these levels leads to changes that can be distressing and even interfere with your daily life.

Fortunately, today we have options to manage these changes. From supplements and medications to psychological therapy— there are many tools to face menopause and perimenopause comfortably.

Because the impact of these hormonal changes can last from over 5 years to a lifetime, developing knowledge and effective management strategies is crucial.

What is menopause?

Menopause is a completely natural part of the biological aging process for women.

As all humans get older, our organs do not function as efficiently. It’s the same for the ovaries, the female reproductive organ in charge of hormones.

Menopause is ovarian failure. This sounds tough, but it’s simply the transition point from your body managing your reproductive hormones independently to you managing or replacing your hormones consciously.

In menopause, the ovaries stop producing female sex hormones (mainly oestrogen and progesterone). The consequences: menstrual cycles become lighter, less frequent and eventually stop. 

It typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 but can happen earlier or later.

The passage into menopause often goes hand in hand with symptoms that can decrease your quality of life. Perimenopause starts the moment when you start noticing these symptoms (you might still have a period) and lasts until 12 months after the last menstruation.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Menopause and perimenopause aren’t the same for any two women. Its development and signs are complex, which calls for tailored management. These signs and symptoms can include:

  • Changes in the menstrual cycle, with heavier, lighter, and irregular periods. 
  • Night sweats and hot flashes (palpitations, sweating, flushing, and physical discomfort). 
  • Joint aches and pains that are unrelated to exercise or injuries
  • Fatigue and worsening headaches.
  • Vaginal dryness and decreased libido.
  • Weight gain, especially around the abdomen. 
  • Psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression. 
  • Cognitive difficulties like brain fog, reduced memory, and poor concentration. 
  • Changes in skin quality, as oestrogen is necessary to maintain youthful collagen levels in the skin.

Menopause and our society

Unfortunately, our society isn’t prepared to deal with menopause.

For example, we still call it ‘menopause’ instead of ovarian failure. With this definition, it’s easy to forget the significance of the process. The failure of any other organ failure elicits rigorous testing and treatments, while the world expects many women with ovarian failure to endure the symptoms. And too often, menopause is stigmatised and dismissed— when it has very physical, mental, and social impacts.

The cost of ovarian failure to women rises to $17 billion lost in super contributions. Just as women are reaching a peak in their careers from the age of 45, menopausal deficiencies in oestrogen and progesterone can lead to cognitive functioning changes that result in reduced work hours and duties. 

Media has shown us a stereotype of an irritable woman, while the reality is far more personal and complex. Oestrogen and progesterone are necessary for the serotonin, dopaminergic and GABAergic pathways in our brain. These hormones are necessary to feel good, manage anxiety and maintain motivation.

When a woman is forced to endure hormonal deficiencies without adequate education or management strategies, she will be irritable. As a majority of doctors are ill-equipped to guide women through this transition, many menopausal women have gone from thriving to surviving.

Finding a trusted clinician who’s up to date with the current science is crucial for your transition. With their help, you can develop a management plan and limit the negative impacts on your life. 

However, until we have society-wide structures to educate, treat, and help women during and after ovarian failure, support in the workplace and social life will be lacking.

For now, we can be open with our journey (what helps and doesn’t) and recommend others seek help from clinicians experienced in managing ovarian failure and menopause. Hopefully, we will soon see corporate workshops and free-access seminars on ovarian failure, its consequences, and management options to maintain quality of life.

Our holistic treatments for menopause

We believe in managing the signs and symptoms of menopause holistically and with non-invasive treatments that put your wellness first.

At Elucell, we offer a tailored approach that lets you chart your treatment journey through this pivotal stage. We provide treatments and education that support your well-being in all aspects of life.

Holistic medical consultation

Everyone goes through perimenopause and menopause at different speeds and experiences varying symptoms— so every woman requires a personalised treatment plan.

You can schedule a 30-minute online or in-clinic holistic consultation with Dr Isabella Sillar to evaluate your needs and goals. Dr Isabella’s knowledge of internal medicine, hormones, and the importance of balance allow her to craft a tailored strategy just for you, including:

  • Baseline bloods: a thorough screening to get the bigger picture of your health. 
  • Supportive supplements to bring back your energy. 
  • Hormonal supplements to manage symptoms of menopause. 
  • Lifestyle changes to bring back balance to body and mind.

This consultation is valued at $220 and includes a follow-up appointment 3 months later to evaluate your bloodwork and review your holistic menopause treatment plan. This can be shared with your GP and any specialist you may require.

Holistic menopause and skin treatment consultation

Holistic menopause and skin treatment consultation

Your skin changes during menopause. As
estrogen levels drop, your cells produce less collagen. This results in thinner and more brittle skin, causing lines and wrinkles, dryness, and sagging.

As a cosmetic medicine specialist, Dr Isabella can recommend and plan a treatment strategy to support skin health. This tailored plan can include:

  • Skincare to manage dryness, brittleness, creasing, and sagging.
  • Non-surgical skin treatments to rejuvenate your skin without disrupting your life.
  • Supportive supplements to bring back your energy.
  • Hormonal supplements to manage symptoms of menopause.
  • Lifestyle changes to help you bring back balance to body and mind.

The initial 45-minute menopause and skin consultation to design an action plan is valued at $280. The goals: to assess for muscle group imbalances (which can cause a sad, mad, or “grumpy” appearance), identify volume changes within the face (like heaviness of the jawline or hollow cheeks), and develop strategies that will increase collagen levels in the skin and soft tissues.

Holistic aesthetics: PDO thread lifts and menopause

Non-invasive cosmetic procedures to restore and rejuvenate bring you holistic wellness and allow you to carry on with your usual activities with only minimal disruption. 

A PDO thread lift is a gentle approach to skin rejuvenation that works with your body instead of against it. 

As fine threads of a body-safe surgical polydioxanone are inserted under your skin, they stimulate your body’s lowered production of collagen. The rejuvenation and skin quality results can last for up to two years.

To maximise post-treatment longevity, Dr Isabella may recommend:

Corporate services: Menopause in the workplace

Too often, employers are not aware of the challenges peri- and menopausal women go through in the workplace.

Ensuring hormonal well-being is as important as supporting mental wellness (see supportive events such as RUOK?). Hormonal well-being determines mental, physical, and social health. 

From higher stress levels, mood issues, and anxiety to reduced memory and confidence— women at this point in life face unique obstacles. Companies need to be prepared to offer support to develop a healthier, more inclusive culture.

Recognising the range of negative impacts of untreated hormonal changes will help guarantee women continue to excel in their careers regardless of their age.

Dr Isabella Sillar provides corporate services discussing menopause and its effects in the workplace. This is aimed at helping leaders, HR, and team members understand the challenges peri- and menopausal women face and how to best support them.

Ultimately, more understanding of the topic of menopause creates a more inclusive society and benefits everyone.

Book A Consultation

Are you ready to start your journey towards holistic well-being? To book a menopause consultation, a skin rejuvenation treatment, or a corporate consultation to create a menopause-inclusive culture, write to us today.

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