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It is reported that 3 out of every four women will experience some degree of hot flashes during menopause.Hot flashes can quite literally put a damper on things! Other common symptoms include headaches, fatigue, insomnia, mood swings, mental fogginess, weight gain, irritability, anxiety, and depression.

Why CBD May Help To Relieve Menopause Symptoms!

By A&T Organic's posted February 18 2020


Before we can begin to understand how CBD can help to alleviate menopausal symptoms, we must first understand menopause itself.

When females are born, they are born with a fixed number of eggs. As opposed to males who can regenerate their sperm cells almost daily, females are not able to regenerate their egg cells at all.

I like to use the example of a bank that will only allow withdrawals and not accept deposits. 

Every time you go to this bank and withdraw money, your bank account decreases. Now imagine doing this every single month. Eventually, your money is going to run out! The same theory applies to a woman's "egg bank."

Over time their egg supply decreases. At the time of birth, females have around 1-2 million eggs. Once young girls begin puberty and they reach menarche, age of their first menstrual period, this supply decreases to about 400,000.

Each time females go through a complete menstrual cycle and ovulate; their egg supply decreases even more. The average women will ovulate around 400 times during their reproductive life. Each time a women goes through a full cycle, they are losing several hundred eggs per month.

 Now you may be thinking how in the world is this possible to lose all those eggs if I only release 1-2 eggs each time I ovulate? The answer that question in simple terms is yes; unfortunately, this is correct.

Women do only release 1-2 eggs per ovulation, but ovulate follows the rules of survival of the fittest. Only the healthiest of eggs get released from the follicle each month. Several hundred to upwards of a thousand immature eggs will die off due to a process that we call Atresia or natural cell death.

As women, our bodies can do some many amazingly wonderful things! We can grow human life and then, in turn, give birth to (hopefully) a beautiful, healthy baby. Although pregnancy and motherhood may not be for all, our bodies are equipped with the most prestigious organs to make this all happen.

Because of this, over time our female organs begin to age and lead to the oh so wonderful time we call menopause! Menopause can be a real buzz kill and is unfortunately unavoidable but rest assured ladies you are not alone!

There are several lifestyle modifications, medications, vitamins, and supplements that can help ease you into this transition. CBD oil is a great supplement that can help make this time in your life a little more manageable. 
Menopause Symptoms

Now that you have a better understanding of menopause, in general, let's move on to every woman's favorite topic: The symptoms!

As stated above, the symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause are due to a decrease in ovarian estrogen. The most common symptom women complain about is the ever so dreaded hot flashes! These can range from quick episodes or facial flushing and an overwhelming sensation of warmth to soaking night sweats.

 It is reported that 3 out of every four women will experience some degree of hot flashes during menopause. Hot flashes can quite literally put a damper on things! Other common symptoms include headaches, fatigue, insomnia, mood swings, mental fogginess, weight gain, irritability, anxiety, and depression.

Other symptoms to consider is decreased bone mineral density leading to osteopenia and osteoporosis. Because estrogen helps to decrease bone resorption, when estrogen levels begin to decline in the blood, the bones start to break down at a faster rate. Increased bone loss is why it is recommended to start DEXA scans after menopause.   
Sex After Menopause

Lastly, let's talk a little bit about sex after menopause. Sex is a topic that I know is on a lot of women's minds, but nobody likes to talk about it. As levels of ovarian estrogen decrease in the blood, this leads to vaginal dryness, vaginal atrophy (which is the thinning of the skin), pain with intercourse, and in some cases spotting after sex.

 I like to use the example of dry, damaged skin during the winter time. We all have experienced the skin on our hands became very sensitive and dry, leading to the small fissures and cracks in the skin that bleed. As we all know, this can become very painful and bothersome. The same concept applies to the vaginal canal during perimenopause and menopause.

 Not only does sex become increasingly uncomfortable and in some cases, painful, but women can also experience low sex drive. Decreased sex drive can cause tension in a relationship and leave women feeling upset and frustrated.
Menopause Help

Rest assured ladies; there is help on the way! Several different treatment options can help you navigate your way through this journey in life. Because the effects of menopause are so widespread, I like to use a layered approach when treating women. When talking to patients, I always start with recommending lifestyle modification such as healthy diet, exercise, yoga, smoking cessation, and decreased alcohol consumption.

Next, I recommend incorporating vitamins into your daily routine. Magnesium is one of my favorite vitamins! Not only does it help decrease hot flashes, but magnesium helps to promote a healthy gut, contributes to decreased headaches and migraines, helps to reduce anxiety, and helps to combat insomnia.

After recommending healthy lifestyle changes and magnesium to patients, I then tailor my treatment plans to each woman. If women are complaining of mood issues, we can consider trying an antidepressant such as an SSRI or an SNRI. If women are complaining of hot flashes, we can consider trying hormone replacement therapy.

If women are complaining of vaginal dryness, atrophy, and pain with intercourse, we can consider trying a vaginal estrogen cream or suppository. And the list of pharmacological agents goes on!

Last on the list of treatment options is supplementation! Supplementation is one of my favorite conversations to have with women because of the effectiveness of treatment and the minimal amount of side effects. CBD oil is a fabulous option for women suffering during menopause.
*This content is strictly the opinion of Dr. Frank Michalski and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician.

All viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Dr. Frank Michalski nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content.

All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

CBD oil has gained a lot of buzz due to its benefits surrounding women’s health. It is essential to understand that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) has an intimate connection with our endocrine system.

The endocrine system controls the pituitary gland, which in turn regulates a female's reproductive system and hormones. It should be noted that endocannabinoids can be found in the cells of the uterus and reproductive system.

As women enter menopause estrogen levels decrease. One of estrogens many jobs is calling on the ECS to regulate emotions such as anxiety and depression. If estrogen drops, so the does the function of our ECS. For this reason, many women experience insomnia, hot flashes, anxiety, decreased stress response, and reduced libido.

CBD oil taken orally stimulates the ECS. Once the ECS is stimulated, women usually experience a decrease in anxiety, hot flashes, depression, and insomnia. Did I mention perhaps even an increase in sex drive?

Another potential benefit for women entering menopause is the effect of CBD on bone health. Women who are underweight or anorexic tend to enter menopause early. One reason for this early onset of menopause is due to decreased endocannabinoid levels.

 It has been shown that women who are underweight or entering menopause are at an increased risk of osteoporosis. The ECS regulates bone loss. Yes, even your bones have cannabinoid receptors. CBD has been shown to positively benefit bone health by balancing out one’s endocannabinoid levels.
CBD Dosage for Menopause Relief

Most women see to respond to 5mg-100mg daily for menopause symptoms taken daily. It is always best to start slow and monitor your symptoms. Pay close attention to things like anxiety, sleep, and of course, decreased hot flashes! Like anything with CBD find your "sweet spot" serving size.

I have noticed clinically, the serving amount of CBD varies significantly among women; some find CBD may energize them while others find it helps them sleep. The time of day and amount will depend on the individual. Please refer to our serving size tables for more information.

Lastly, if you are concerned that your hormonal levels are “off”, seek out the care of a functional medicine physician today. Instead of guessing what is high and what is low seek testing! Saliva testing can provide an excellent snapshot of active hormonal changes.

After reading this, I hope you found all the information helpful! If you feel as if you are suffering from a host of different perimenopause and menopausal symptoms, I urge you to contact your local health care provider today and start this conversation.

 As you can see, menopause is an unavoidable event, and the typical American woman will spend around 1/3 of her in menopause. Don't suffer in silence! As you can see, there are several different treatment options available. I know the right treatment plan is out there for you!

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