Menopause is a common condition among aging women that normally takes place at the age of 45 years and above. This is when the menstrual period stops because the ovaries are no longer producing the estrogen and progesterone hormones. If a woman is not experiencing menstruation for a period of one year straight, that’s the time menopause can be assessed.
All women suffer from this at a certain point in time, normally after reaching the age of 45. This is part of the aging process and the cause of this condition is when the ovaries stop releasing eggs and hormones. However, some suffer earlier than the normal age because of some factors such as surgery (hysterectomy) and damaged ovaries. When menopause occurs before the age of 40, this is called premature menopause.
The symptoms of menopause vary from each woman. Sometimes the symptoms are moderate but could also sometimes become extreme and may require treatment. Symptoms include:
• Changes in period such as shorter or longer and heavier or lighter
• Hot flashes and night sweats
• Dryness of the genital area
• Hair fall and thinning of hair on the head
• Facial hair becomes more apparent
• Mood swings and irritability
• Sleeping disorder
• Trouble with focusing and concentration
• Head ache or migraine
• Reduced in sex drive
• Urinary tract infection
When any of these symptoms become worse and when it is affecting your health, it is important that you consult a licensed healthcare provider to instruct you on the things you need to do. Sometimes these symptoms will need attention and extra care. Furthermore there are some risk factors that are connected to menopause such as weakening of the bone or osteoporosis which needs treatment from the expert.
Use These Home Remedies to Deal with Menopause and its Symptoms
This period in every woman’s life could be very hard and some may need medications to be able to deal with it with fewer complications. However, these home remedies provided below could also give you the same effect in dealing with aging and menopause like the prescription your doctor may give you. Furthermore, most of these remedies are safe and have no harsh side effects to your aging body that may give you a more difficult time.
1. Black Cohosh
Hot flashes and night sweats can be treated by consuming black cohosh. This herb can be consumed by taking supplements in right dosage or by drinking black cohosh tea. The effect of this herbal medicine is to lower the blood levels of luteinizing hormone. This hormone is responsible in dilating the blood vessels that sends heat to the surface of the skin.
Other effects of black cohosh in dealing with menopause include relieving of vaginal dryness and reducing nervousness and depression. The effectiveness of black cohosh is at its maximum when taken for straight 6 weeks and taking a time off of for about 4 weeks. Repeat this time frame.
This is another herbal medicine that helps in dealing with hot flashes and night sweats. Simply consume about 5- 15 drops of sage extracts in ½ cup of water thrice a day. Other benefits of consuming sage include proper digestion, treating diarrhea and headaches.
3. Vitamin E
Consuming foods that are high in Vitamin E or taking Vitamin E supplements will help you relieve some of the major symptoms of menopause including hot flashes, night sweats, and dryness of the vagina. It is recommended to take at least 800mg of vitamin E per day. However, before taking vitamin E, it is important to ask your doctor about it especially if you have conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Ground flaxseed or flaxseed oil is good in treating hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Flaxseed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids as well as lingams that serve as phytoestrogens. Aside from the symptoms of menopause, flaxseed also helps in lowering cholesterol levels.
The isoflavones present in soy beans are actually plant estrogens (phytoestrogens) which helps in reducing the unpleasant symptoms of menopause. Drinking soy milk and eating soy based products like tofu is highly recommended.
6. Yoga, Aerobic Exercise and Breathing Exercises
These forms of physical activities help a person undergoing through the menopausal stage to deal with its negative symptoms such as mood swings and sleeping problems. Yoga and meditations helps combat irritability and even hot flashes on some women. Doing these activities also promotes relaxation and better sleep.
Most women who have undergone acupuncture to help them deal with the symptoms of menopause had shared positive results in reducing hot flashes and some of the psychological effects. Acupuncture therapy is also a form or alternative hormone therapy for women experiencing hormonal imbalance and those at the menopausal stage.
8. St. John’s Wort
This is one of the most popular herbal remedies in the United States and other countries. Not only it provides a person with several health benefits but women who suffer from menopausal stage can also find relief in using this plant as a home remedy for the unwanted symptoms of menopause. St. John’s Worth can help in treating mood swings, anxiety and depression, helps in improving sleep quality and promotes relaxation.
This plant can be consumed in brewed tea form or taking supplements. You can also make your own solution by extracting leaves and flowers and combining it with your favorite drink. If you are taking other medications for menopause, it is important that you ask your doctor first if taking this herb will interfere with your medicines.
This herb is popularly used as a traditional medicine by the Native Americans, Koreans, and Chinese for several centuries now. This has been proven to treat several conditions including the symptoms of menopause. These include fatigue, stress, and anxiety. Ginseng is known for its energizing effects and can be consumed in tea form, powdered, and extracted form.
10. Cutting coffee consumption
Drinking coffee can actually worsen the symptoms of menopause particularly hot flashes and night sweats because of its caffeine content. Limiting to at least 200 to 300 mg of caffeine per day can help reduce the symptoms of menopause. You can try decaffeinated coffee as substitute.
11. Vitamin D
One of the risk factors in menopause is the weakening of the bone that leads to osteoporosis. Vitamin D is very important at this point because it helps promotes bone renewal and normal cell growth that has been affected by the hormonal imbalance.
As we age, our capacity to produce Vitamin D decreases that is why we need to fill in this lack of nutrient. Exposure to the heat of the sun at the early morning hours helps a lot in the production of Vitamin D. Make sure to apply sunscreen as you do so to protect your skin. You can also consume foods rich in vitamin D such as tuna, salmon, sardines, dairy products and eggs.
12. Passion Flower
Taking passion flower in capsule or tea form helps in reducing anxiety brought by menopausal symptoms. This herbal remedy increases the levels of the GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), one of the chemicals of the brain that promotes relaxation and gets rid of anxiety. Passion flower also contains Alkaloids which helps in treating depression.
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