Menopause is different for everyone. Some experience it without any symptoms. Others are completely miserable. Some suffer from every symptom possible while others may experience only one symptom. Regardless of where you land on this scale, there are treatments for your menopause symptoms.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
This is the most controversial treatment for menopause symptoms. Hormone replacement therapy or HRT comes with an increased risk for several different conditions and cancers. However, depending on your age, the hormones you take and how long you take them there are also health benefits to HRT. It’s important to talk to your doctor about your symptoms and your options.
Hot flashes are probably the most common menopause symptom. They can be treated with a number of natural or alternative remedies. The first thing to do is to become aware of when you experience hot flashes. Look for patterns and triggers. For example, do you experience them after your morning cup of coffee? It could be that caffeine makes them worse.
Consider treating hot flashes with:
* Black Cohosh
Insomnia is another common menopause symptom. It often coincides with hot flashes. Valerian, melatonin and relaxation techniques all help you sleep better at night. Also, make sure you have a consistent bedtime routine.
Vaginal dryness caused by dropping estrogen can make sexual activity downright painful. Lots of foreplay can help. Also, consider using a water based lubricant.
Menopause has the effect of making some women feel as if they’re losing their mind. One minute you can be perfectly content and the next you’re crying or furious. It’s the change in hormones. There are many things you can do to alleviate the mood swings.
* Take vitamin D
* St John’s Wort
* Light Therapy
Above all else make sure you take great care of yourself. That means eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. Get daily exercise. Make sure you enjoy your exercise and choose activities that make you feel good. Also, spend time on relaxation techniques and cultivating a positive attitude. Finally, make sure you get plenty of good sleep.
A whole body wellness approach will help you transition through menopause. You’ll enjoy better health and you’ll reduce or eliminate your menopause symptoms. If you’re struggling, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor or alternative health care provider. Massage, acupuncture and manual therapies can help you manage your symptoms effectively.