Perimenopause Treatment

Perimenopause treatment may vary depending on the severity of symptoms and medical history of the patient. Synthetic hormone replacement therapy is not a good idea for someone who is at risk for breast cancer or heart disease. Symptoms of perimenopause may include hot flashes, cold chills, heart palpitations, irritability, mood swings, insomnia, night sweats, fatigue, anxiety, memory lapses, aching joints and muscles, breast tenderness, vaginal dryness, indigestion, nausea, weight gain, hair loss, urinary incontinence and dizziness. Many of these are due to declining estrogen levels or an imbalance of declining estrogen and progesterone. Try to get a physical examination when suffering with any of these symptoms because they could be indications of other medical problems. Controlling weight along with exercise and eating healthy may lessen the severity of the symptoms.

Women who are going through the beginning of menopause often have a unique opportunity to make some lifestyle changes that will not only help with symptoms but will help decrease the risks of developing other health problems. With age and a decrease of hormones there is a higher risk for developing heart disease, breast cancer, and osteoporosis. Other age related illnesses might include diabetes, stroke, hardening of the arteries, and autoimmune diseases. Other beneficial changes include eating healthy and participating in a regular exercise program. This sounds like a lot of changes but making them gradually, by eliminating bad habits and incorporating good habits, will make it easier. Symptoms of perimenopause are also going to be less severe and possibly nonexistent with positive lifestyle changes.

Some ways that menopause may be experienced early is through surgical intervention, a hysterectomy or just having both ovaries removed. Look for a specialist who understands the importance of hormone therapy and is up to date on the best alternatives for hrt. Women who have had a hysterectomy may experience more severe symptoms of perimenopause than someone who is going through it gradually. Cancer drug treatments can cause a woman to need perimenopause treatment earlier than normal because the drugs may interfere with the amount of hormones produced. However, some doctors will not use hormone replacement therapy for a cancer patient especially when suffering with breast cancer. Sometimes a physician may prescribe low-dose birth controls to help control symptoms.

Phytoestrogens found in flaxseed, soy, and red clover may be an alternative to hormone replacement therapy. These are weak plant hormones that are similar to hormones in the human body. These may also be found in a natural therapy called bio identical. Bio identical hormone replacement therapy is a natural treatment and should be considered over synthetic drugs that are available. Drug companies readily make synthetic hormones available because the compounds can be patented and sold but more risks are associated with them in comparison to natural therapies. A physician may consider synthetic therapies for short-term perimenopause treatment but may not want to continue treatment for long periods of time. Another alternative to consider is natural bio identical progesterone cream.

Depression is a condition that can affect anyone at any time but women who are experiencing symptoms associated with menopause may experience some depression as well. There are many anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications on the market today. It is best to start out with one that has fewer side effects and a lower dosage. Some anti-depressants have withdrawal symptoms that may be hard to tolerate and have undesirable side effects such as, nausea, insomnia, urinary frequency, among other things. Before taking the drugs try other ways to combat depression. Joining a support group with other women who are having the same types of problems might help. It is might also be helpful to participate in a church support group, using God's Word to find help and comfort. "Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses." (Psalm 107:13) Give the Lord an opportunity to show Himself true to His Word by asking Him for help when symptoms of perimenopause are causing depression and anxiety.

Incorporate more omega 3 fatty acids into diet by eating salmon, mackerel, and tuna. Studies on omega 3 fatty acids found in flaxseed oils have shown to help with lowering bad cholesterol and raising good cholesterol. It may help ease symptoms of perimenopause including, breast tenderness, cramps, and overall discomfort. Add calcium supplements to help prevent osteoporosis, lower blood pressure, and reduce triglyceride levels. Magnesium will also help aid perimenopause treatment by boosting energy levels. Black cohosh is an herb that is known for helping with hot flashes, cramps, and helps to prevent bone loss. Taking potassium may help with heart palpitations, water retention, and bloating. Other herbs that are recommended are evening primrose oil, and valerian. St John's wort may help to relieve depression associated with menopause and kava kava may help to reduce anxiety and level out mood swings.

Herbal Menopause Treatment

A woman using an herbal menopause treatment could minimize hot flashes and osteoporosis while decreasing headaches and circulatory problems. Menopause is the beginning of the end of menstruation for a woman. The origin of the word is Greek. Mens means monthly while pausis means cessation. Put these words together to form the word Menopause. It's all part of the natural aging process for a woman. The ovaries, which produce the eggs that are fertilized for pregnancy, produce lower levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone and a woman is no longer able to become pregnant. Menopause typically happens for women over a period of time from age 45-55. It is normally gradual, yet for some women, menopause can happen suddenly. What is happening during menopause includes the dissipation of eggs released for fertilization and a readjustment of hormone levels in the body. This process can affect a woman in many different ways. Herbal menopause treatment helps to relieve many of the symptoms various women feel. Some women experience hot flashes, night sweats, and fatigue; while others may have to deal with sleep deprivation, depression, and anxiety; still others may forbear lack of sexual desire, vaginal dryness, and backaches. Of course, any combination of symptoms may be present in a menopausal woman at any time.

While a variety of forms of treatment exist, one of the best treatment alternatives to manage menopause symptoms is herbal menopause treatment. Traditional medical prescriptions are usually a combination of artificial progesterone and estrogen. Often called hormone replacement therapy. Though recommended by most physicians, HRT comes with precautions for risks. There are a variety of types of HRT and everyone has it's own level of risk. Breast cancer, stroke, and heart disease risks can be increased with the use of HRT. Also, at different dosing levels the risk may be increased. A woman's specific risks will vary depending upon her lifestyle and medical history. Millions of woman every year decide that the risks of using hormone replacement therapy outweighs the benefits. Women going through "the change of life are not ill. Plus, taking a medicine of any type is a "mask" for the symptoms; not a cure. And therefore lots of women look to an alternative treatment. As a natural alternative to medicine, herbal menopause treatment works with a woman's body to increase phytoestrogens. These are the hormone regulators. When the regulators are normalized, then menopausal symptoms will naturally decrease.

Wild yam is an often sought after herbal menopause treatment. Wild yam, whose chemical name is Dioscorea villosa is composed of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Producers of wild yam products have proposed that DHEA acts as a antecedent to estrogen and progesterone. Therefore, extracts of the wild yam plant are used to treat hot flashes, painful menstruation, and the headaches that are associated with menopause. Unfortunately, the hypothesis that DHEA acts as a antecedent to estrogen and progesterone has not been proven. However, production of this herbal remedy continues to proliferate because, historically, progesterone was chemically manufactured from Mexican wild yams during the 1960s. There is no evidence that the progesterone was chemically produced in the body; though. Some scientist have postulated that artificial progesterone was used to produce the chemical conversion for the treatment. Another popular herbal treatment is black cohosh. Black cohosh has been used to treat menstrual irregularities and premenstrual syndrome when a woman is still menstruating; to induce labor in pregnant women; and for vaginal dryness, night sweats, and hot flashes for menopausal women. "And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not." (2 Kings 4:39)

According to a clinical study where an herb such as soy, wild yam, St. Johns wort, or black cohosh and a placebo was taken, hot flashes were reduced by half an episode per day in comparison with those who had a placebo, when women were administered the herbs. The women using HRT were able to see a reduction of their hot flashes by four episodes a day when compared with a placebo. Although clinical trials often find herbal menopause treatment less effective, this is not bad news for those women who choose this course of symptom relief. In fact, the flip side of the research reveals that there are no risks for heart disease, breast cancer, or stroke. During clinical trials, there were fewer side effects than those experienced using traditional HRT; though, some women did experience minor side effects such as headaches and stomach discomfort. Herbal menopause treatment users can take heart in knowing that they are doing the right thing.

A government study verified that a higher incidence of breast cancer and heart problems did, in fact, occur in women using the traditional menopause treatment of estrogen and progesterone therapies. As a result of that news, millions of women halted their prescriptions. Doctors substantiated the fact that the subsequent dramatic decline in U.S. breast cancer cases was due to the manifestation that fewer women were on HRT. For a majority of women, the menopausal process can be managed with the use of herbal menopause treatment. Yes, in fact, there may be some discomfort. But, there is evidence that the treatment, along with taking the time to meditate and engage in practical behavioral changes, can meet the needs of most women. A woman can do simple things like sleeping in cooler rooms, using a portable fan, dressing in layers and avoiding triggers like hot liquids, hot rooms and the consumption of alcohol.

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