Menopause is when menstruation naturally comes to an end. On average it happens at the age of 50 though this age varies per person.
Menopause is a sign that the reproductive phase of someone’s life has passed and is a sign of maturity.
Though someone no longer experiences a monthly uterine cleanse the uterus continues its functions related to endocrine system function (hormones). This continues to be on a monthly cycle.
Natural menopause is characterized with menstruation that starts coming less and less frequently until it goes away entirely.
Most commonly reported signs of menopause are not actually signs of menopause but signs of menstrual imbalances that have compounded over time and are now severe.
There should not be any necessary pain, difficulty or discomfort with the cessation of menstruating.
-Heavy Bleeding. Associated with built up Uterine Fatigue, Uterine Stagnation, Excess Heat or all three.
-Spontaneous Bleeding. Associated with built up Uterine Fatigue and/or Excess Heat
-Hot Flashes. Associated with Excess Heat and/or Dryness.
-Nightsweats. Associated with Dryness and/or Excess Heat.
-Anger. Associated with Excess Heat. Either built up anger causes excess heat or excess heat causes anger. Both can be at play.
-Hormonal Imbalance. Associated with built up Uterine Stagnation.
Large clots. Associated with built up Uterine Stagnation.
In western medicine menopause is acknowledged and seen as a time with a lot of necessary discomfort and side effects.
Treatments include hormone replacement therapy, uterine ablation (burning the inside of the uterus), birth control, dilation and curretage and hysterectomy.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine Menopause is seen as the Third Golden Opportunity – a chance to enhance the health of the rest of the life cycle. It is a time to care for and nourish the body to the utmost extent possible. (More info: 7 Times a Woman by Lia Andrews)
-Heavy Periods / Bleeding
-Hormone Replacement Therapy
Nourish kidneys, blood and internal fluids. Hydrate.
Weekly steaming is recommended thorughout perimenopause and menopause until the transition is complete.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
As the body and hormones transition into menopause, weekly steaming helps the uterus to function optimally.
STEAM THERAPIST RECOMMENDATION
It is helpful to work with a practitioner to find out the right steam setup, duration and herbs. A Peristeam Facilitator can help with this.
Imbalances such as excess heat, dryness, stagnation and uterine fatigue are often present throughout the menopause years. If displaying any signs of those imbalances, doing a consultation with a Peristeam Hydrotherapist is advised. They will be able to give more specific team plans to target those concerns.
-Reduce any Coffee, Hot Yoga, Hot tubs, Alcohol, Smoking and other things that make the body hot
-Steam Before Bed
-Reduce Coffee/Alcohol/Spicy Foods
-Moisturing/Cooling Food Guidelines (hydrate, eat 50% fruit and veggies, yin tonics)
-Food Therapy for Lubrication (fruit, gelatin, goji berries, tapioca, chia seeds, oatmeal, boba, okra, nopales, aloe vera and other foods that have a natural gel in them)
PERISTEAM FACILITATOR (Steam Facilitator)
Recommended to learn the correct steam herbs, setup and duration.
PERISTEAM HYDROTHERAPIST (Steam Therapist)
Recommended in the case of incapacitating hot flashes, nightsweats, heavy bleeding, spontaneous bleeding, large clots, painful periods, vaginal atrophy or other advanced menopausal concerns.
It’s a great idea to plan regular monthly acupuncture check-ups during menopause to support the overall health and hormones during the final menstruation years.
It’s great to have a support group of other menopausees also in their final menstruation years. This group can be a great way to encourage menopause care and pampering among each other.