The formal definition of menopause is the last menstrual period. However, during the years building up to menopause, many women’s cycles will be irregular, with several months between periods. So it can be difficult to know whether the last period you had was in fact the final one. A rule of thumb is that if you haven’t had a period for 12 months, they’re probably finished, and your menopause is ‘back-dated’ to the last period you had.
The earliest symptom of menopause is a change in your menstrual pattern resulting from an uneven rise and fall in the levels of your reproductive hormones. Menstrual cycles that were previously very predictable may either lengthen or shorten, occurring every 2-3 weeks. Cycles where ovulation fails to occur gradually become more frequent. The amount of blood loss may also change varying from scant to heavy.
A hot flash is the sensation of “flushing” or a sudden feeling of heat, often accompanied by sweating. When they occur during sleep they are called night sweats. Hot flashes are the menopause symptoms most often mentioned by women. About 75% of women will experience hot flashes as they go through menopause.
There is a significant link between ‘mind’ and ‘body’ regarding all areas concerning reproduction. This means that hypnotherapy, operating on both a conscious and unconscious level, is well placed to provide beneficial treatment for those coping with the negative aspects of the menopause .
Hypnotherapy is often successful when other methods of treatment have failed because it harnesses the power of the unconscious mind. It is a safe and effective form of menopause treatment that can be used to treat stress, anxiety and panic attacks; phobias; irritable bowel syndrome; weight issues and addictions, such as smoking. Hypnotherapy is also useful for pain control and can help with migraine and as a pre menopause treatment. Hypnotherapy is completely safe in the hands of a professional and competent hypnotherapist. At all times you are in control of your own thoughts and actions. Unlike some drug-based treatments, there are no harmful side effects.