Menopause is a natural stage of life. It marks the end of a woman’s reproductive life. At menopause, ovulation no longer occurs and production of oestrogen and progesterone ceases. The change in the hormones causes symptoms like hot flushes and night sweats, body aches and pains, dry skin and vagina, low libido, anxiety and depression, sleeping difficulties and so on. Most women become menopausal naturally between the ages of 45 and 55 years, with the average age of onset at around 50 years.
Some women find that their symptoms go away by themselves, and some women just don’t find the symptoms very uncomfortable. If the symptoms bother you and effect your life quality, most doctors will use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help, which can be very effective to relive the symptoms. However it may increase your risk of breast cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine cannot stop or slow the onset of menopause. But they could be very effective to balance the hormone, which result in reducing the frequency and severity of menopause-related symptoms, improving your quality of life.