As you enter into peri-menopause or menopause and life becomes uncomfortable, go to your doctor or naturopathic doctor and have a full blood work up. Menopause can bring on so many symptoms that related to other illnesses, it is better to know your numbers than envisioning that you are dying of some unknown disease or guessing that it is just menopause. You can also avoid the steps of spending money on self-treating something that is not the true issue at hand. Outside of hormone levels changing we could be deficient in many other areas that are not related to menopause. Having a complete picture, allows us to put together a game plan to boost our health and well-being.
Have your doctor order labs so you can find out your hormone levels, as well as levels of your vitamin D, vitamin Bs, thyroid hormones, adrenal hormones, blood count, sodium, potassium, calcium, glucose, cholesterol, and enzyme levels. If any of these are off, they can create issues that seem to be menopause related but they are not. Know what you are dealing with so you can effectively treat it.
When you have the results and the doctor has gone over them with you, learn what your options are in both the allopathic and natural supplement world. Find experts in both areas to embrace a plan that restores your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Knowing your numbers empowers you to find the proper solutions, saves you money so that you are not buying the wrong thing as you go through the guessing game of trying to figure out what is wrong, and quickens the process to regaining your balance.