Treat Menopause Naturally

Menopause occurs normally in women after the age of 40 when the ovaries no longer release an egg and menstruation stops. The process is gradual and occurs in three stages known as perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause. During perimenopause women may begin to experience symptoms of menopause as the body begins to slow down the release of eggs. Menopause occurs after it has been one year since the last menstrual period. Symptoms are still prevalent during this period. Post menopause is the years after menopause and most symptoms ease for most women. There are, however, increased health risks for women in post-menopause due to the loss of estrogen.

How can I tell if I am experiencing menopause?

Not all women will experience symptoms. If you experience symptoms they will include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Increased Anxiety
  • Irritability

 

Risks associated with menopause.

Though you cannot avoid menopause you should be aware of the risks associated with this natural time of your life. Women who are postmenopausal are at increased risk for osteoporosis and heart disease. Be sure you continue to get regular check-ups and preventive screenings such as pelvic exams, pap smears, breast exams, and mammograms.

How can I treat menopause symptoms?

  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods as they can make hot flashes worse.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Learn stress management techniques and work on yoga and meditation. They will help to control hot flashes.
  • Dress in layers, keep a fan nearby and keep yourself cool.
  • Laughter IS the best medicine.
  • Soy, red clover, black cohosh and St. John’s Wort have phytoestrogenic isoflavones which have been scientifically proven to help control the symptoms of menopause.
  • Increase your consumption of “good bacteria” lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus. They may help to improve metabolism of estrogen and even decrease the occurrence of yeast infections.
  • Eat some papaya. It may decrease irritability and stress.
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