For women experiencing a combination of menopausal symptoms, finding ways to alleviate symptoms can become critical. Keep reading to find out how to control your menopause symptoms.
What Are the 34 Menopause Symptoms?
There are 34 different symptoms of menopause, and they are as follows:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Irregular periods
- Loss of libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings
- Hair loss or thinning
- Sleep disorders
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory lapses
- Weight gain
- Increase in allergies
- Changes in fingernails (weakening)
- Changes in body odor
- Rapid heart beat
- Feelings of dread
- Breast Pain
- Joint pain
- Burning mouth
- Electric shocks
- Digestive problems
- Gum problems
- Muscle tension
- Itchy skin
- Tingling extremities
What to Do to Control Menopause Symptoms?
There are various ways to control menopause symptoms. While each symptom has its own triggers and solutions, there are certain steps you can take to improve your overall health during menopause, which can help control the symptoms. These steps include:
Regular exercise. Central to a healthy lifestyle, regular physical activity improves sleep patterns and mood, and can help control night sweats. Stress-reduction techniques like yoga, tai chi, and meditation can also help to control symptoms.
Dietary changes. Research shows that consuming more foods high in phytoestrogens, such as apples, asparagus, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, and wheat germ can help alleviate symptoms.
What Other Options Are There?
Alternative, natural treatments are becoming more popular for treating hormonal imbalance caused by menopause.There are two types of herbal supplements that can be used:
Phytoestrogenic supplements contain estrogenic components produced by plants and have estrogen-like effects which can counteract hormonal imbalance. However, introducing artificial hormones into the body can lead to the body producing less estrogen, making symptoms worse if you stop regularly taking the herb.
On the other hand, hormone-regulating supplements stimulate the hormone producing glands in the body instead. Hormone-regulating supplements nourish the pituitary and endocrine glands, causing them to produce their own hormones more efficiently, which results in balancing not only estrogen levels but also other important hormones like progesterone.
If your menopausal symptoms are severe consult your doctor. Always research any herbs or alternative remedies before taking them to see if they interact with medications your currently taking.
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