An estimated 85% of women experience hot flushes as they approach menopause but research shows that close to one in three women would prefer not to go on HRT and are looking for non-pharmaceutical treatment for the symptoms of menopause.
Although anxiety and mood swings are problematic in menopause, the two biggest problems most women report are hot flushes and night sweats.
The hypothalamus, found deep within the brain, is responsible for regulating our body temperature. It’s affected by changing oestregen levels, and these can vary erratically and decline during the menopause. That makes the hypothalamus send signals that are experienced as hot flushes and night sweats.
Lack of good quality sleep can have a huge knock on effect, as tiredness affects our ability to think, work, perform and do everyday tasks. Lack of control, feeling like menopause is being ‘done to me’ can also have a big psychological effect.
Although anxiety doesn’t affect oestregen levels it does heighten the body’s reaction to changes in hormones. It becomes very easy then to get trapped in a vicious cycle – anxious about the next hot flush, that hot flush made worse by anxiety, leading to more anxiety about the next hot flush, and so on.
Hypnotherapy has been scientifically proven to reduce hot flushes in menopausal women with a staggering 74% of women reporting a reduction. This in turn then has a chain reaction improving anxiety and mood swings. Being able to turn the feelings around and gain control is hugely empowering. It’s a massive mind shift.
I help women manage menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and anxiety using Hypnotherapy as it is recommended in the UK by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as an effective treatment.