The Simple Treatment For The Symptoms Of Menopause You Wish You Knew Yesterday
Don’t suffer with the symptoms of menopause. There are surprising treatments available that are effective at reducing hot flashes and discomfort. And it’s easier than you think….
As you approach your mid-forties (sometimes it might be earlier, or even later than that), your body starts preparing for the symptoms of menopause. Your hormone levels are all over the place and you start to experience things like hot flashes, night sweats, low libido or irregular periods.
This marks a period called perimenopause – that’s a scientific term for the early symptoms of menopause. In layman’s terms, this is officially the start of the menopause stage and it can very well last for a very long time (years).
Then, when your ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone (the primary hormones needed for a woman’s fertility) for over a year, it’s safe to assume that menopause has kicked in. This period marks the end of your menstrual cycle and of your fertility.
According to a study done by the Obstetrics & Gynecology Clinics of North America from 2011 that examines the timing of when menopause occurs naturally, factors such as ethnicity, body mass index, physical activity, active smoking etc. can all play their role in whether menopause happens at an earlier or later period in a woman’s life.
But before you conclude that you’re experiencing the first symptoms of menopause (and not something else), make sure to go through:
Is it Time? The Symptoms of Menopause Checklist
- What age range do you fall into? If you are in your 40s or even 50s, then you’re probably going through perimenopause, so yes – the symptoms are most likely the initial menopause symptoms
- Are your periods irregular due to stress or other external factors, not related to menopause?
- Compare how old were your female relatives (your mother etc.) when they first went through menopause, to how old you are currently.
- Is there anything else that could be causing your symptoms to manifest themselves?
Asking yourself these questions will give you a much clearer idea of the whole thing and whether or not it’s really menopause that’s causing you discomfort.
Before you go to your doc, note that there are certain home remedies for menopausal women that you can potentially use to good effect.
More Than 1.5 Million Women Experience Menopause Each Year. Here’s What They Go Through
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings
- Decreased libido
- Irregular periods
- Night sweats
- Disrupted sleep
- Slower metabolism
- Weight gain
- Vaginal dryness
- Joint pain
A 2015 study conducted by the Endocrinology Metabolism Clinics of North America highlights some troublesome facts – 1.5 million women go through a menopause transition each year, which often includes some of the aforementioned unpleasant symptoms.
They also point out that vasomotor symptoms are among the most frequently reported ones.
What does that mean?
According to the same study, 85% of all menopausal women will experience uncomfortable hot flashes.
And as mentioned earlier, going through menopause is an inevitable process for the ladies. Obviously, some women don’t experience any complications or undesirable symptoms during menopause. While others go through literal hell, which sometimes can even last for years.
There’s no guarantee when menopause might happen, although you can expect it to take place in your 40s and 50s for the most part. Or to put it simply, you’ll be diagnosed with menopause when your last menstrual cycle was 12+ months ago.
Lowered levels of estrogen and progesterone can definitely have an impact on your overall well-being, from sleep to energy and even your emotional state.
Treatment For Menopause – Are Drugs Really The Only Solution?
There are now alternative treatment therapies available to you that don’t fall under a typical medication protocol:
- Hormone therapy
- Natural remedies
- Lifestyle adjustments (more physical activity, improved nutrition etc.)
Hormone Therapy (HRT) for Menopause Treatment
Many can argue about the real efficacy of HT, and whether or not it’s safe, but most specialists do agree that this is the way to go when it comes to relieving the symptoms of menopause.
Researchers from The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism are clear that menopausal hormone therapy is the most effective way of treating vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes etc.) and other symptoms. They even claim that the benefits exceed the risks for the majority of symptomatic postmenopausal women – “… under age 60 or under 10 years since the onset of menopause”.
A good natural hormone replacement therapy would be the BHT – bioidentical hormone therapy. This means using individually compounded recipes of certain steroids (like estrone, estradiol and estriol) as a form of a more natural hormone treatment.
90% of Women Reported Lessening Menopause Symptoms Using This Treatment Method
This safe and non-addictive alternative is proving effective at relieving the symptoms of menopause.
Science backs such claims. The Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy came up with an interesting conclusion, in their 2008 study about treating hot flashes with homeopathy. A staggering 90% of women reported lessening (or the complete lack of) of their symptoms within 15 days of starting the treatment.
Needless to say, their conclusion was simple – homeopathic therapy is effective for treating hot flashes.
And if you do consider using homeopathic remedies for your menopause symptoms, your specialist will most likely prescribe you one of the five most commonly used homeopathic remedies for hot flashes:
- Lachesis – Arguably the most common of all homeopathic remedies that are used to relieve menopausal hot flashes. Lachesis are mostly prescribed to women who experience hot flashes when falling asleep, during the night or upon waking up.
- Sulfur – This remedy targets hot flashes that are more specific. Sulphur is used when they tend to ascent the body, even rise to the head area, making it feel hot. Other symptoms that are targeted include sugar cravings, loose stools, hunger in late morning, a sudden energy drop at around 2pm and a fear of heights.
- Sepia – Used as a treatment for hot flashes that are generally accompanied by weakness, excessive sweating and the feeling of heat ascending upwards. Women who rely on Sepia often feel cold and their energy levels drop at around 3 PM to 5 PM. In general, they love the heat of the sun and this is perhaps the most notable aspect of Sepia patients.
- Pulsatilla – This one is for menopausal ladies who are way too sensitive, teary and even depressed. The hot flashes here are worse when in a warm room, while they lessen when the patient is in a cold place. Also, women who use Pulsatilla are generally thirstless, they energy goes down at around 1 PM and they have a hormonal history with difficult periods (or PMS).
- Glonoinum – Ladies who use this homeopathic treatment usually have hot flashes that are sudden, harsh and with an upwards rush of blood to the head. Also, palpitations in the chest are typical as well as bursting headaches rising up from the neck – the patient feels as if her head will explode.
Flaxseed – Another Home Remedy
While both diet and the right supplementation plan do help (in a safe and effective way), flaxseeds are jam-packed with essential fatty acids plus huge amounts of the natural hormone-balancing substance – lignins. These lignins act as super potent anti-cancer agents (for the hormone-sensitive types of cancer) and the easiest way to utilize them in your diet is through flaxseed.
A tablespoon per day, added to a smoothie, yogurt or cereal, would help you live happily while going through menopause.
As a matter of fact, a study conducted by the Department of Obstetric and Gynecologic Nursing from 2015, including 140 menopausal women as test subjects, concluded that the women who used flaxseed for 3 months experienced a decrease in their menopausal symptoms and their quality of life increased!
Say Goodbye to the Symptoms of Menopause
Menopause marks one of the most important milestones in women’s live. This is when the fertility period ends, the monthly cycle goes away and unfortunately, sometimes certain unpleasant symptoms kick in. Notice how I said sometimes, instead of always? That’s because every woman is unique and her experiences in her midlife can differ greatly. During this period, some will live life happily, while others will go through a plethora of awful symptoms, directly related to menopause.
But, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Here at Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center, our primary goal is to provide you with the most cutting-edge, effective and safe methods for hormone therapy, medical aesthetics and our state of the art age management. Make sure to check out our Hormone Replacement for more info on what we offer, and also if you have any additional questions or if you want to book a free consultation.
- The Timing of the Age at Which Natural Menopause Occurs
- Menopausal Symptoms and Their Management
- Treatment of Symptoms of the Menopause: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline
- Bioidentical hormone therapy: a review
- The effects of flaxseed on menopausal symptoms and quality of life
- Treating hot flushes in menopausal women with homeopathic treatment–results of an observational study