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What happens during menopause?

Posted on: September 29th, 2011 by Lara Armstrong No Comments

When a woman enters into menopause, the hormones that are produced by the ovaries are no longer being produced.  A lack of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone will lead to the symptoms that a woman will experience during menopause.  The adrenal glands are another way in which a woman can produce hormones once she has entered perimenopause and menopause, so it is important to support these important glands.  Androgens (DHEA and testosterone) are produced by the adrenal glands and it is possible for these hormones to be converted to progesterone and estrogen.  Women that have good adrenal function typically will report few symptoms of menopause and tend to experience a smoother transition through this time.

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Lara Armstrong, is a licensed naturopathic doctor who currently practices in Ancaster and Hamilton, ON. She received her training in Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), graduating in 2004, and started her private practice, Armstrong health in 2005, where she runs a general family practice. In 2007 she started the menopause clinic at Monarch Laser and Wellness in Hamilton. This clinic offers naturopathic treatment for menopause and issues surrounding hormonal imbalance and is run in conjunction with a medical doctor, bringing a very unique and refreshing approach to health care. Dr. Armstrong is very passionate about helping women going through menopause, providing them with education and has been involved in several speaking engagements discussing this topic. Dr. Armstrong has been the recipient of the Diamond Award for “Best Naturopath” in the Hamilton’s Readers Choice for the last 5years. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Armstrong, is part of a mentoring program with the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and will have medical students shadowing appointments from time to time. Outside of clinical practice, Lara enjoys the practice of yoga and the health benefits that this provides. She is the mother of 3yr old Jasmine and loves spending time with her and continuing to learn from her. Lara is a member of the OAND, CAND and APND.

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