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Navigating Menopause with Evidence-Based Functional Medicine: A Holistic Approach in Kansas

EvoHealth Kansas Functional Medicine 

At EvoHealth Kansas Functional Medicine, we believe in providing comprehensive and evidence-based care to empower our patients to live their healthiest lives. Today, we’d like to delve into an important phase in every woman’s life: perimenopause and menopause. These natural transitions can bring about a variety of physical and emotional changes, but with the right guidance, they can also be a time of positive transformation and empowerment. In this blog, we’ll explore the clinical implications of perimenopause and menopause, and how evidence-based lifestyle therapies can make a significant difference in the lives of menopausal patients.

Woman and menopause

Understanding Perimenopause and Menopause

Perimenopause, often called “menopause transition,” can begin in a woman’s 40s and is characterized by hormonal fluctuations that lead to various symptoms. As perimenopause progresses, it ultimately culminates in menopause, which is defined as the permanent cessation of menstruation, typically around the age of 50. During this phase, there is a significant decline in estrogen and progesterone levels, leading to a range of clinical symptoms.

Clinical Implications

  1. Hormonal Changes: The hallmark of menopause is the decrease in estrogen and progesterone, which can trigger numerous symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.
  2. Bone Health: With the drop in estrogen, women are at a higher risk of osteoporosis. Bone density decreases, making bones more fragile and susceptible to fractures.
  3. Mood and Cognitive Changes: Hormonal fluctuations can lead to mood swings, irritability, and even mild cognitive changes. Some women experience anxiety and depression during this transition.
  4. Cardiovascular Health: Menopausal changes can affect cardiovascular risk factors, potentially increasing the risk of heart disease. Cholesterol levels and blood pressure may change.


Functional Medicine Therapies for Menopause 

Functional medicine takes a holistic approach to address these clinical implications by focusing on the underlying causes of symptoms and promoting overall well-being. Here are some evidence-based lifestyle therapies we employ at EvoHealth Kansas Functional Medicine:

  1. Nutrition: A balanced diet rich in phytoestrogens, found in foods like soy and flaxseed, can help alleviate symptoms. Additionally, maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D and calcium is essential for bone health.
  2. Personalized Exercise Prescription: Regular exercise, including weight-bearing activities, can help maintain bone density, reduce the risk of osteoporosis, and alleviate mood disturbances.
  3. Sleep Optimization: Sleep disturbances are common during menopause. Implementing good sleep hygiene and addressing conditions like sleep apnea can significantly improve sleep quality.
  4. Stress Management: Chronic stress can exacerbate menopausal symptoms. Stress reduction techniques like yoga, meditation, and mindfulness can improve overall well-being.
  5. Nutraceutical Compounds like Er731: Emerging research suggests that certain nutraceutical compounds, such as Er731, may offer targeted relief from menopausal symptoms. These compounds should be used under the guidance of a qualified healthcare provider.

Personalized Care at EvoHealth Kansas Functional Medicine

At EvoHealth Kansas Functional Medicine, we understand that each patient’s journey through perimenopause and menopause is unique. Our evidence-based approach allows us to tailor a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and goals. By combining clinical expertise with cutting-edge research, we help you navigate this natural life transition with comfort and empowerment.

If you’re in the midst of perimenopause or menopause and seeking a holistic approach to managing your symptoms, our experienced team is here to guide you. Contact us today to embark on a journey towards optimal health, well-being, and vitality.


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