Menopause is a normal, natural life event that all women experience at some point in their life. Menopause is when a woman has missed 12 consecutive months of her period without other obvious causes. 

During the transition into menopause a woman's hormones change as well as levels of estrogen and other hormones which can impact the well being and quality of life for a woman. 

At Nielsen Clinic (Calgary), we develop a treatment plan specific to your health needs. We help you get to the root of your health concerns by customizing treatment and helping implement positive lifestyle adjustments to help you get control of your menopause.

Below are sections offering information for common questions as well as various elements of menopause. 

+ What is Menopause?

Menopause is a normal, natural event that every woman will experience as they go through life.

Menopause is clinically diagnosed after 12 consecutive months of a woman missing her period, and once a woman goes through menopause, it marks the end of fertility and opens the transition to reassessing one's health status. For most women menopause occurs between age 45 to 55.

For some women, early menopause may occur due to:
- Hysterectomy (uterus removed)
- Oophorectomy (ovaries removed)
- Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)

+ What causes Menopause?

Menopause occurs due to a change in estrogen production and levels. As a woman enters into menopause, her estrogen production from her ovaries start to decrease, and her primary production from estrogen is made by the liver and fat (adipose tissue).

A women in menopause estrogen levels are between 50-70% lower, than a healthy women who is not in menopause. The reduced levels of estrogen are mainly responsible for developing symptoms of hot, vaginal dryness & atrophy, osteoporosis, and heart disease.

The main symptoms of hot flashes are due to biochemical imbalance involving estrogen, progesterone, and neurotransmitters that regulate temperature. By addressing underlying symptoms may not only help reduce symptoms of hot flashes but addressing hormonal imbalance may help improve vaginal symptoms of dryness, lower urinary tract infections, reduce painful intercourse and improve bone health (osteoporosis occurs more rapidly due to low estrogen).

+ What are symptoms of Menopause?

Symptoms of Perimenopause: Irregular cycles, hot flashes, sleep disturbances-insomnia, night sweats, elevated heart rate, mood changes—irritability, depression, anxiety, vaginal dryness or discomfort during sexual intercourse and urinary issues.

Symptoms of Menopause: Irregular periods, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats, sleep problems, mood changes, weight gain/slowed metabolism, thinning hair and dry skin.

Symptoms of Postmenopause: Hot flashes, night sweats, elevated heart rate, sleep disturbances-insomnia, mood changes—irritability, depression, anxiety, urinary issues and vaginal dryness—which can lead to discomfort during sexual intercourse.

+ Self-care & Prevention - Menopause

Diet: reduce carbohydrates and increasing protein and vegetables can improve healthy estrogen levels.

Exercise: excess fat can produce more estrogen which can worsen hormonal imbalance, by exercising you reduce the excess fat which helps your hormones become more balance.

Reduce Stress: stress can affect your hormone and appetite. Take some time for yourself and reduce your stress.

+ Menopause Treatment - How We Can Help

Step 1 - Listen and understand your concerns: Listen to your health concerns, symptoms, review your health history and check your hormones.

Step 2 - Start your treatment plan to address your main areas of concern: Start your initial treatment plan to address insulin resistance as well as hormonal imbalance by address the symptoms you are struggling with: hot flashes, difficulty losing weight, trouble sleeping, dry or thinning hair, dry skin, etc.

Step 3 - Treating your cause: Tailor your treatment to address both your symptoms and underlying hormonal imbalance as well as provide restorative medicine to prevent/reduce osteoporosis and heart disease.

Natural Menopause Treatment

NIELSEN CLINIC 3R's (Remove, Restore & Recover)

Remove Symptoms


Remove: Start addressing hormonal imbalance by address the symptoms you are struggling the most with: hot flashes, difficulty losing weight, difficulty sleeping, dry or thinning hair or dry skin.

 Restore Hormones


Restore: Hormonal balance by addressing the underlying hormonal imbalances and reduce the negative effects of low estrogen, improve vaginal dryness, restores skin and hair vitality. 

Recover Your Health


Recover: Tailoring your treatment may decrease or eliminate menopause symptoms and feel better. Say goodbye to menopause and prevent/reduce osteoporosis & heart disease.