Every woman will go through menopause, but Dr. Michelle Sands founded GLOW Natural Wellness because she believes that no woman should have to suffer through hot flashes, night sweats, intimate dryness, weight gain, and other change-of-life symptoms. These symptoms directly result from the dramatic drop in hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone during the menopause transition.
Even more important is that women understand the importance of maintaining optimized hormone levels when it comes to protecting themselves from chronic disease. Without adequate estrogen levels, a woman’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, and all-cause mortality increases. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement, when dosed and delivered correctly, can reduce those risks and extend life. The problem is that this conversation is not happening in most doctors’ offices.
“Studies show that when women seek medical care for the symptoms of menopause, 75 percent of them are sent home without treatment,” Dr. Sands said. “An estimated 1.3 million women enter menopause every year in the U.S. alone. Yet less than 20 percent of physicians, including OB/GYNs, are trained to treat them properly.”
Dr. Sands, a licensed Naturopathic Physician, and Female Health and Hormone Expert, has created The Healthy Hormone Club to provide affordable and accessible testing, treatment, and education for this underserved demographic.
What is menopause
“Menopause” is a point in time 12 months after a woman’s last period. The 10-15 years leading up to that point are called Perimenopause. During this period, women may have changes in their monthly cycles due to declining levels of estrogen and progesterone. By the time they reach menopause, estrogen and progesterone have plummeted to barely-there levels. Common symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, osteoporosis, fatigue, and more.
“Menopause is one day,” Dr. Sands said. “The next day, you are postmenopausal for the rest of your life. Hormone replacement therapy is a great way to support the body through the menopause transition and throughout post-menopause.
Answering the most asked menopause and perimenopause questions
Dr. Michelle Sands published a book, Hormone Harmony Over 35: A New, Natural, Whole-Body Approach to Limitless Female Health, to share her approach to optimal health with the public. She reveals her evidence-based 21-day plan to restore hormonal balance, reduce stress, and naturally detoxify the body.
A woman’s body can no longer make vital hormones once she is postmenopausal, and it can quickly affect her quality of life, Dr. Sands said. The GLOW Natural Wellness team helps clients understand their symptoms and how to navigate them using a personalized and holistic approach. A typical protocol will consider a patient’s health history, current symptoms, laboratory test results, and health goals. In addition to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, a focus on nutrition, stress reduction, movement, nutraceuticals, and mindfulness is key for the best possible outcomes.
A mother herself, Dr. Michelle Sands, knows how draining life can be for women struggling with menopause symptoms. She is passionate about helping women harness the power of their DNA to “elevate their genetic expression and live vibrantly, not just by optimizing health physically, but also mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.”
Women experiencing menopause or perimenopause symptoms are encouraged to visit the GLOW Natural Wellness website to learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.