The Menopause is a natural life-transition that all woman must go through. For some it is

a breeze and for others it is really not and a host of issues come alongside the life change like

hot flushes, irregular, scanty or heavy and painful periods, insomnia, mood swings, concentration

and memory problems, depression, headaches, loss of libido, weight gain and others.

Until 2007 menopause was routinely treated by HRT (Hormone Replacement Drugs) which were reported

to be entirely safe, but since then more and more research is showing this treatment to increase the risk of

breast and cervical cancer, heart attacks, strokes and blood clots and even dementia.

Some woman still prefer this route because it can bring relief but many doctors will only treat for a five year period

because risk factors really increase over time.

So what is the alternative? I am glad to say that herbal and homeopathic remedies have not let me down. A good consultation will help me find remedies that really suite the patient. Gentle hormone balancing, herbs and even bio-identical creams all help to make the symptoms really manageable. And often a good chat results in the patient discovering for herself that this is a natural process (and not a horrible disease) that heralds in a new and exciting chapter in her life.

Menopause

DR DEBBIE BREDENKAMP

Homeopathy