Menopause

David C. Powell, ND -  - Naturopathic Doctor

Chaparral Naturopathic Medicine

David C. Powell, ND

Naturopathic Doctor located in San Diego, CA

Menopause, or the “change of life,” affects every woman differently. If your change of life is affecting your quality of life, it’s time to get help. David Powell, ND, at Chaparral Naturopathic Medicine in San Diego takes a holistic approach to health care and provides treatments to help you get relief from your menopause symptoms and optimize your health. Call the office today or book an appointment online.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is a natural biological process that every woman goes through as she gets older, and officially marks the end of her fertility. You are considered to be in menopause when you’ve gone 12 months without your period. Most women in the United States hit menopause sometime in their 40s or 50s.

While menopause is a normal part of your aging process, you may find the symptoms that occur with menopause difficult to live with. You can’t stop menopause, but Dr. Powell provides treatment to improve your symptoms and your quality of life.

What types of symptoms can I expect during menopause?

The symptoms associated with menopause usually begin before you officially reach the change of life. The symptoms develop as your hormone levels begin to fluctuate and your menstrual cycle becomes irregular. This time period is referred to as perimenopause.

Your symptoms vary in both type and intensity. Common symptoms of menopause include:

  • Fatigue
  • Mood changes
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain
  • Low libido
  • Vaginal dryness

In addition to the physical symptoms you experience, your hormonal changes also increase your risk of health conditions such as heart disease and osteoporosis.

How is menopause treated?

As previously mentioned, you can’t stop menopause, but Dr. Powell can create a personalized treatment plan to provide you relief from your symptoms and improve your overall health. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Lifestyle modification
  • Diet and nutrition therapy
  • Nutritional or herbal supplements

Dr. Powell also offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to restore hormone levels for both symptom relief and improvement in health. Bioidentical hormones are a more natural form of hormone replacement created from food that have the ability to mimic the actions of the hormones naturally found in your body. Dr. Powell can design a bioidentical hormone therapy program that fits your very specific hormonal needs to optimize your levels.

Menopause is a natural part of your aging process, but you don’t have to suffer through the symptoms. Dr. Powell offers natural treatments to help you sail through menopause with grace.

For a naturopathic approach to your menopause, call Chaparral Naturopathic Medicine today or request an appointment online.