Peri-menopause and Menopause Clinic

The Problem with Modern Peri & Menopause

Menopausal symptoms are now the norm for women in midlife. The last 3 decades of stress, poor diet and hormonal interventions mean that when it comes to peri to post menopause the natural transition has become an increasingly difficult experience. We see many women in our clinics who are looking for education, empowerment and solutions, who have often tried the traditional routes and found they have offered very little improvement.

Menopause Symptoms

Below is a list of common menopausal symptoms. Click here for a post on the top 34 symptoms of menopause. Unfortunately, peri and menopausal symptoms can be missed or misdiagnosed leading to unnecessary interventions and treatments.

Fatigue

Irregular periods

Vaginal dryness

Reduced libido

Hot flashes

Night sweats

Sleep problems

Mood changes

Weight gain and slowed metabolism

Thinning hair and dry skin

Itchy scalp and skin

How are Balanced Wellness different?

A Balanced Wellness practitioner, based in Havant, Hampshire UK, has been trained in the cutting-edge research around menopause. Unlike the medical model and some specialists, we know that just putting more and more oestrogen into the body is not always the answer, especially in peri menopause when most symptoms are caused by “oestrogen dominance” or progesterone deficit (for more info, check out the video below).

A Balanced Wellness practitioner will review your health history including

  • whether you used hormone contraceptives which could change how you experience menopause
  • how much stress you deal with
  • how much exposure you have to oestrogen mimicking chemicals
  • how your diet and any food intolerances are impacting your gut
  • how you process and absorb your hormones

If you aren’t speaking to a practitioner who understands all of these different aspects, then you aren’t getting a whole health approach and you are unlikely to get to the bottom of your menopausal symptoms.

How do we work with peri and menopause?

We use a whole health approach called the The BEES.

  • Biochemical – Food choices, food intolerances, targeted supplementation and education around contraceptives and hormone replacements
  • Emotional – Emotional coaching and other techniques to clear blocks and stress that can be contributing to symptoms
  • Electrical – how lifestyle factors such as electronic devices are contributing to stress and hormone imbalances.
  • Structural – our team are trained in kinesiology theory which makes muscle / organ connection to identify where imbalances can originate from. We also explore physical issues, exercise and movement and how this is having an impact on hormonal health.

Other therapies often focus on one area and therefore can miss important aspects of health. Our work focusses on a dysfunctional hormonal interplay that is the underlying cause of inflammation and most chronic conditions affecting people today. This hormonal interplay is detailed in our clinic model called The Triangle of Hormonal Health.

This approach is effective because it works on all the aspects of the hormones that are causing symptoms.

We ensure that the foundations of health are in place. We will work on improving your food, eliminating food intolerances, reducing stress, improving gut function and supporting your body with adaptogenic herbs, vitamins and minerals or understanding which body identical hormones to request from your GP.

Many women are confused at HRT not working for them, we help explain why in this linked blog.

triangle of hormonal health

The Pregnenolone Steal

The pregnenolone steal explains the relationship between stress and sex hormones and how this affects menopause.  This is one of the most empowering explanations we can give to clients to explain how stress and diet can be contributing to hormone symptoms.

Our adrenal glands make some progesterone and oestrogen/testosterone, this becomes important during menopause when the ovaries no longer do this job.

Pregnenolone is a precursor hormone that makes progesterone. The body will prioritise cortisol over progesterone during a periods of stress. For example, it is more important to run away from danger than prepare the womb for a baby.

If this continues women end up with low levels of the calming hormone progesterone and menstrual cycle and hormone issues often follow. To learn more, check out our video on the pregnenolone steal.

pregnenolone steal

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions varies on the person, their problems and how well they follow any changes recommended to their food and lifestyle. Generally, people feel a significant improvement within their first one to three appointments. Once optimum health has been attained, regular appointments keep the body balanced and prevent further ill health.

Where is your clinic?

We offer remote consultations via zoom so can work across the UK and internationally.

How long is an appointment?

Appointments take 30 minutes. Prior to the first session, all new clients will be required to fill in a comprehensive medical history form and consent form.

What happens in an appointment?

All our sessions are on video call and within your session, your coach will review your health history form, analyse your food and nutrition, discuss your priorities, offer hormone education where necessary, offer food, lifestyle and supplement recommendations and coach you on areas in your life you are finding challenging. There is often homework for you to adopt and your coach will discuss further sessions with you.

Interested in becoming a menopause coach?

We partner with the College of Functional Wellness to offer diplomas in menopause coaching. This 2 year training is delivered online and via zoom and is accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists. Click here to discover more. 

Oestrogen Dominance

Oestrogen dominance (or progesterone deficiency) is on the increase because of the following, all of which is explored in your appointment.

  1. Hormonal birth control
  2. Impaired metabolism, detoxification or poor digestion
  3. High refined carbohydrate diet and blood sugar instability
  4. Xeno-oestrogens
  5. Stress

For more on this, watch this video.

Will I need any lab tests?

Using kinesiology via a hair sample can be a quick route to identifying imbalances and the best supplementation.

However, we can also order lab tests if necessary and we work with Genova DiagnosticsHealthpath and Nordic Labs who provide DUTCH testing.

Where issues are out of our remit and you require specific medical prescriptions, we work with a team of functional doctors and will refer you to the appropriate practitioner. An example would be if you require medication for SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) we will recommend you work with a Gastroenterologist or if you required specific HRT then we would recommend the right Endocrinologist.

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  • HRT Talk

  • £20one off
    • what does a healthy female cycle look like
    • how to minimise the issues and maximise female health
    • why women are struggling with artificial hormones
    • what is oestrogen dominance in peri menopause and why it is such a problem
    • the pros and cons of the hormone options available including bioidenticals
    • empowering women to make the best choices for their health

  • Appointment

  • £150per appointment
    • 1 x 30 minute video appointment
    • Tailored nutrition strategy
    • Lifestyle advice
    • Emotional coaching
    • Hormone education

  • 6 Month Programme

  • £100per appointment
    • 6 month plan with 6 x 30 minute video appointments
    • Tailored nutrition strategy
    • Lifestyle advice
    • Emotional coaching
    • Hormone education

  • 12 Month Online Programme

  • £97one off
    • Access to a team of expert menopause coaches and nutritionists to answer your questions
    • Monthly subscription, cancel anytime
    • Menopause food strategy with recipe ideas