Menopause can occur either naturally or due to medical treatments. Natural menopause is the permanent ending of menstruation due to age and occurs in three stages: pre or perimenopause, menopause, and post menopause. On the other hand, not everyone reaches natural, age related menopause. Other women experience menopause due to surgery or certain medical treatments, such as radiation or hysterectomy.
The most common symptoms of menopause, whether it is natural or medically induced, include hot flashes, night sweats, and pain during intercourse, vaginal dryness, and anxiety or irritability. Other common issues associated with menopause include mood swings, depression, headaches, and insomnia. However, these symptoms are easily manageable.
Your doctor can prescribe medications to aid in menopause relief if the symptoms of menopause are interfering with your daily life – for example, if night sweats and hot flashes are preventing you from getting rest, there are a variety of natural and prescription remedies. Because menopause is caused and associated with rapidly shifting hormones, hormone replacement therapy, or HRT is commonly prescribed to women during and after menopause to assist with symptom relief. It helps the body resupply hormones that are no longer produced, and can not only relieve difficult symptoms but also helps to mitigate future problems that can be caused by menopause, such as osteoporosis.
Other treatments for menopause include natural remedies to ease symptoms. Since the primary cause of the most common and frustrating symptoms of menopause is primarily related to rapidly shifting estrogen and progesterone levels, many natural remedies that help restore balance and mitigate symptoms are quite effective. These natural remedies may be referred to as botanicals or alternative medicine, but they prove to be quite effective.
For example, as mentioned earlier, some of the most common symptoms of menopause are related to sleep issues and mood issues, like depression, anxiety, irritability, and mood swings. St. John’s Wort is one of the most popular herbs used in the US , and is used frequently by menopausal women to treat mood swings, depression, and anxiety, as well as to aid in relaxation and sleep. Ginseng is frequently used as a treatment for fatigue, anxiety, and stress because it helps to increase energy and balance moods.
It’s also important to treat long term effects of menopause, such as the increased risk of osteoporosis. Nutritional or dietary therapy can help to ease the risks that follow menopause. Vitamin D and Calcium, which can be obtained through diet or through supplements, can not only serve to ease symptoms during menopause but can also help prevent long term health effects, in much the same way that HRT will.
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