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Hormonal Therapy and Menopause

All women who menstruate will eventually go through menopause, or the process of ending the ovulation and menstruation cycle. Menopause is defined as the first year that you stop menstruating. For most women in the United States, this occurs around the age of 51 on average, but it can happen much earlier in some and a little later in others.

It is important to note that menopause is not a disease or a disorder. It is not harmful, even though it is often uncomfortable. Rather, it is a natural biological process that signifies the next stage of a woman’s life.

At The Orchid, we recognize that women who undergo hormonal shifts during menstruation and the onset of menopause often experience challenges to their recovery as a result of the contingent emotional and physical symptoms. It’s easy to self-medicate by relapsing on drugs and alcohol. Hormonal Therapy, The Orchid’s unique program designed to address the changing needs of women in recovery as related to their hormonal shifts, seeks to provide a healthier and safer way of managing these symptoms without destroying your life in recovery.

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Signs and Symptoms of Menopause

Menopause is rarely a surprise to the women who experience it. Many begin with peri-menopause, about 12 months of time in which their menstrual cycles fluctuate significantly and many begin to experience menopausal symptoms to some degree. Some of the physical and emotional signs and symptoms of menopause include:

  • 12 months since the last menstrual cycle and period
  • Irregular periods
  • Sexual dysfunction characterized by vaginal dryness or sexual disinterest
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Thinning hair
  • Increased body hair
  • Increased fat around the abdomen
  • Difficulties sleeping
  • Depression
  • Discontentment
  • Mood swings

The severity of these symptoms will not be the same for every woman. Some women will experience a higher degree of intensity in their menopausal symptoms if they have had an hysterectomy or if they have undergone chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Complications Associated with Menopause

Menopause is not always a simple process of declining reproductive hormones in the body. Some women experience cardiovascular disease during this period. Others develop bone loss and osteoporosis as a result. Still others experience significant weight gain or urinary incontinence. It can be emotionally difficult to see the body so rapidly change.

Through Hormonal Therapy at The Orchid, women in recovery not only learn how to handle the physical and emotional issues that every woman in menopause experiences but will also learn how to integrate a healthy recovery into the process. Holding onto the principles and skills learned during drug and alcohol rehab will give women an advantage during menopause and beyond as they seek the natural remedies and support they need to navigate through this difficult period as easily as possible.

Hormonal Therapy at The Orchid

Hormonal Therapy is only available here at The Orchid. If you would like to learn more about the therapy or if you are interested in enrolling in drug addiction treatment program for women, contact us today.

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