By Susan Hudson, MSN, CNM, Owner
Menopause is a time of change far more complex than just hot flashes, sleeplessness and mood changes. Frequently menopause coincides with children leaving home, changes in sexual desire, relationship concerns, career changes, and signs of aging – in your parents
and in yourself. At WellSPRing Women’s Health, we listen to our clients talk about all aspects of their life and help women bring balance to body, mind, and spirit.
Perimenopause and menopause are characterized by hormonal shifts that result in the end of menstruation. While the average age of menopause is age 51, some women’s periods will end in their early 40’s, others will continue in their late 50’s. Given that this change can occur at any point over a two-decade period, anticipatory midwifery guidance is an important way to help women prepare for changes that are inevitable. We speak with each woman about the challenges they are facing, what is normal, what might require additional
support, and how they can most naturally alleviate symptoms. Effective herbal and homeopathic remedies may ease troublesome discomforts long before hormone replacement is called for. Hormone testing of blood and saliva can be used to identify hormonal imbalances and guide you in your decision to use hormone replacement or not.
It’s never too early to learn and plan for this event, which is far more comprehensive than hormone changes alone. Menopause is also a time to look at bone health, heart health, breast health, and general nutrition and fitness, all with an emphasis on prevention. We have available a wide range of collaborators that support your midwifery guidance. We may direct you to such therapies as meditation, yoga, herbs, acupuncture, psychotherapy,
bioidentical hormone therapy, and more. Because of our close relationships with other integrative practitioners we have a comprehensive and cutting edge knowledge of holistic wellness strategies.
We believe that moving through menopause can be a very empowering experience. Many women use this juncture to take better care of themselves after prioritizing the needs of others. Here at WellSPRing, we will offer you education and support through the pleasures and challenges of menopause. We look forward to being here for you at each stage of life… including menopause!
We honor the normalcy of women’s life-cycle. We believe in:
• Watchful waiting and non-intervention in normal processes
• Appropriate use of interventions and technology for current or
potential health problems
• Consultation, collaboration and referral with other members of
the health care team as needed to provide optimal health care