While menopause is a natural transition every woman eventually experiences, it can often bring a range of uncomfortable symptoms that can be difficult to deal with.
Menopause symptoms range from mild to severe, and often require treatment. Luckily, there are many remedies available that can help you manage your symptoms. Learn more about the different remedies available and how to choose which one is best for you.
Identifying the Three Main Types of Menopause Remedies
Although there is an assortment of remedies, they can generally be divided into three main categories:
1. Lifestyle changes. These include eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly.
2. Alternative medicine. Herbal remedies are the most well-known types of alternative treatments.
3. Medications or surgery. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the most popular drug option.
Choosing from remedies means taking into account your symptoms, medical history, and individual concerns. Consulting your doctor is recommended before beginning any treatment, for they can help you weigh the pros and cons of the different treatment options available. Read on to learn more about each of the three main menopause remedies.
Simple lifestyle changes can do wonders for your health. Not only do they improve your overall well-being, they can reduce the frequency and duration of your menopause symptoms. Lifestyle changes, if nothing else, can be implemented with other remedies, increasing their effectiveness.
The following changes can act as individual remedies:
- Practice slow breathing
- Eat a balanced diet. Increase your soy protein intake and eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Increase vitamin E intake to 800mg per day
- Increase vitamin B intake
- Limit your consumption of foods that are high in caffeine and sugar
- Exercise regularly
- Consider meditation, yoga, visualization, or other methods of stress relief
The ideas listed above are easy to adopt and risk-free remedies. The following table provides ideas about the types of lifestyle changes that should be considered as effective menopausal treatments:
The high risks involved with HRT (e.g., increased chance of breast cancer and heart disease) mean that more women are turning to alternative remedies as these involve little or no risk, and can be extremely effective compared to other more traditional remedies.
Herbal remedies are the leading type of alternative treatment and are often used in combination with acupuncture, biofeedback, or massage.
Medications or surgery
Medications and surgery are the last resort as menopausal remedies and are often necessary for women experiencing severe menopausal symptoms. With this form of menopause remedies side effects are often inevitable, but they may be worth the risk. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a common menopause remedy and a proven method of controlling the underlying hormonal imbalance, but it is known to increase the risk of different types of cancer among women.
There are a number of hormone balancing drugs that have the potential to assist in menopause relief. Yet they all carry side effect risks, some of which may outweigh any potential benefits. Click on the following link to read and learn more specifics about the different options for the treatment of menopause symptoms.
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