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Natural Approaches to Menopause
Although menopause is a natural occurrence, women going through menopause often have symptoms that rank right up there with some serious diseases. According to the Mayo Clinic, these symptoms are both physical — difficulty sleeping, loss of energy, hot flashes — and emotional — mood swings, feelings of sadness. Fortunately, menopause treatments don’t have to come in the form of drugs. You can treat the symptoms of menopause naturally, freeing you to be the person you always were, feeling like yourself again.
Understand menopause hormone therapy
Before you determine whether you want a natural solution to your menopause symptoms, you need to understand menopause hormone therapy. According to WebMD, this treatment has been historically and widely used for those suffering from menopause symptoms. Because the body does not produce estrogen and progesterone when a pregnancy can no longer occur — both hormones are associated with preparing the uterus for pregnancy, while estrogen has an impact on calcium and cholesterol use — WebMD states that the lack of these hormones can be what brings on many symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes.
Replacing these hormones through the use of creams, pills, vaginal rings, etc. can decrease menopause symptoms. WebMD also states that these interventions increase the risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke. Because of these and other risks, there are some women who are not candidates for hormone replacement therapy.
Explore alternative menopause treatments
If you’ve determined that hormone replacement therapy isn’t for you, you can look into alternative menopause treatments, which are numerous. Alternative menopause treatments help you deal with menopause in a natural way. WebMD lists a variety of behaviors that you can change as part of your menopause treatment.
These include eating fewer spicy foods, doing deep breathing exercises during hot flashes and wearing layers of clothes that can be changed during hot flashes. Exercise, according to WebMD, has been proven to not only reduce hot flashes, but also to strengthen bones, something postmenopausal women need in order to avoid osteoporosis. The Mayo Clinic also notes that weight gain often occurs with menopause, so exercise can also be beneficial for those trying to maintain a healthy weight.
Natural creams and pills for menopause
Just because you’re seeking a natural alternative menopause treatment doesn’t mean there aren’t creams and pills you can take to reduce the symptoms. For instance, WebMD recommends vitamin E, herbs such as black cohosh and soy. These naturally occurring treatments can reduce hot flashes. WebMD also recommends natural progesterone cream and the naturally occurring estrogen found in plants.