How to Relieve Menopause Symptoms

There is an unnecessary fear and anxiety for women who are facing menopause. For some this stage in life represents an end to their reproductive years. Others are apprehensive about the dealing with the hot flashes, night sweats and sexual changes that come with menopause. If women are better informed about this natural stage our body has to go through then we can better deal with the coming changes in our bodies.

Menopause is the time when women have their last period. It happens when the ovaries stop releasing eggs. It affects women’s hormones and can happen all at once or over a period of time. Hormone levels start to fluctuate causing changes in a woman’s body chemistry. The signs of menopause are irregular periods, achy joints, night sweats, headaches, hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness, changes in sexual desire and extreme mood changes.

The average age for menopause is 51. Women who smoke reach menopause two years earlier than those women who do not smoke. Menopause is generally unpredictable. It is not determined by race or class, height or age of your first menstruation. Menopause is not an illness. It is a natural occurrence that affects every woman at the right age.

Although most pharmaceutical companies will force you into believing that hormones are the best course of action for dealing with menopausal symptoms you don’t have to buy in so easily. Before you decide on taking synthetic hormones there are other methods out there for helping you cope with the hormone imbalance. You might want to consider the following alternative treatments for your menopausal symptoms.

Changing your lifestyle

Controlling yourself can be the biggest challenge for this type of treatment. You’ll have to restrict yourself from many of the food and beverages you’ve enjoyed. You will also have to take up at least a few physical exercises. However changing your lifestyle gives you the best way to combat menopausal symptoms with the least possible risk. Here are some of the natural ways to do so:

  • Stay fit by doing regular exercises

  • Change your diet to one rich with estrogen. Some examples are soy, apples, alfalfa and cherries.

  • Try some techniques at stress reduction. Yoga is especially beneficial for controlling your anxiety and stress during this time

  • For hot flashes try taking cold showers. Since hot flashes usually occur at night wear light clothes to sleep.

  • Reduce your intake of alcohol, hot beverages and spicy foods.

Since changing your lifestyle can be hard to do you should go to the next stage of treatment. More and more women are turning to alternative medicine to relieve their menopausal problems.

Alternative Medicine

Nutrition and diet can directly affect menopausal symptoms. Alternative medicines such as herbs and treatments take center stage. Here are the different ways of treating menopause by way of herbs and vitamin supplements.

  • Phytoestrogen herbs contain estrogen produced by plants. Some of the examples of such herbs are Black Cohosh and Dong Quai. However supplying your estrogen using an outside source limits the amount of estrogen your own body can produce. This isn’t the best way to treat your hormonal imbalance but is effective for treating low hormone levels.

  • Non-estrogenic herbs do not contain estrogen but they help your own glands produce your own estrogen. In other words these herbs stimulate hormone growth.

  • Essential fatty acids are as important to your diet as vitamins and minerals. A deficiency in these fatty acids results in PMS and menopausal symptoms. Flax seed oil is a great source of alpha linolenic acid an omega- 3 essential fatty acid. Hormones derived from this reduces hot flashes and improves mental health.

  • Hemp seed oil is another source of omega-3 ALA. It helps with depression and hot flashes

  • Soy is useful for maintaining bone density and decreasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Hormone Therapy

Hormone Replacement Therapy is a quick and sure fire way to treat menopausal symptoms. In the United States it is the most common form of treatment. However recent studies from the National Institute of Health shows that HRT has serious side-effects.

Women who take HRT have a higher risk of contracting ovarian and breast cancer. Heart disease, blood clots and strokes are some of the other side effect of HRT. Consult with your physician if you still want to use this approach.

Menopause is a time of change but women do not have to fear it. You can use the different approaches and be perfectly capable of dealing with menopause. Life begins after forty and you can prove it.