Victoria came in yesterday wondering if she should take hormones for menopause. At age 54, she hadn’t had a menstrual period in over six months, but wasn’t having any of the usual symptoms of menopause either and was wondering what to expect. She’d had a couple of hot flashes (“I think”), but they weren’t distressing. However, even though her symptoms were minimal, she was told she needed the hormones to prevent osteoporosis and heart disease.
At age 45, Julia had already had over a year of hot flashes and they were keeping her up at night. After sweating so much at night, she couldn’t get right back to sleep; and it happened several times every night. During the day, she was tired all the time and irritable both at work and at home. She even started getting anxiety. “Miserable…” was how she described herself.
As you can see, there are many faces of menopause. Some women are really miserable with the hormonal changes and mood swings, while others seem to sail through without a blip on the hormone radar screen. Because of this, the big question is, “Does every woman require hormone treatment?”
Options For Managing Menopause
Doctors have turned this very normal process of life into a disease. It’s not a disease. There is nothing about menopause that creates poor health, except for the symptoms. The truth is women can live long and healthy lives without the hormones that produce ovulation and menses. Because of this, menopause is one of the few conditions that should be treated symptomatically.
Treatment for menopause is really about controlling symptoms; if a woman has no symptoms and just stops her menstrual periods, she doesn’t need to do anything. But, if her life is miserable with sleep deprivation, panic attacks, foggy brain, hot flashes, vaginal dryness and loss of libido, it may be prudent to find natural menopause relief from those symptoms.
The treatment options a woman has are very broad due to the wide variety of symptoms. There are many herbal remedies, vitamin treatments, natural combinations, homeopathic remedies, creams, suppositories, patches, hormone replacements and prescriptions available to those navigating through menopause. “How to choose?” is the biggest question. Read on to find some helpful tools that might fit you.
Remember: You are the only one who knows how you feel, so a doctor cannot tell you what will work for you. Consider the advice you are given, try the ones that seem promising and then evaluate them for yourself. This is definitely not a one-size-fits-all condition. It just has to work for you!
Best Of Herbal Remedies
There are so many herbal preparations that it is impossible to list them all. Let me say that many of my patients find one herbal remedy or another that works well for them. Streamlined doctors are told that herbal preparations don’t work, so they pass unbelief on to their patients. This is unfortunate because, while they don’t work for all women, countless find great natural menopause relief and avoid having to take potentially harmful prescriptions.
Some of the preparations that I have seen women use successfully include:
- Black Cohosh
- Red Clover
- Russian Rhubarb
I highly recommend Black Cohosh because it is the most visibly affective. There are many preparations and combinations to try – just find the one that works the best for you. Recently, while shopping, I came across
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