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Three Natural Ways To Combat Symptoms Of Menopause

by Valerie Stevens

For many women, menopause symptoms can be excruciating. Some of the symptoms can get so bad they interrupt daily activities and keep women from sleeping well. Whether it's hot flashes, night sweats, moodiness, or vaginal dryness, women want to find ways to combat their symptoms. For those women looking for natural ways to combat their symptoms of menopause, here are three of them.  

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has gotten a bad rap due to its link to the increase of breast cancer and heart disease in women who used it for an extended period of time. However, recent findings suggest that as long as the following conditions are met, it can be a safe way to treat the symptoms of menopause:

  • Hormone replacement therapy is taken for the right reasons
  • The correct dose is taken only as long as needed
  • Women who use HRT are evaluated by their physician at least once a year

Some women are opting for a more natural form of this type of therapy and can find it by using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. These hormones are said to be identical to the hormones already produced by the body. While there is much research that needs to be done, using bioidentical HRT, may or may not be any more effective than traditional means.

Supplements

Some women choose to combat their symptoms of menopause by a change in diet or by taking supplements. This is also an area where there is ongoing research but some women have found the following supplements effective in treating hot flashes and night sweats:

  • Black cohosh
  • Soy
  • Flaxseed
  • Vitamin E (can also help with vaginal dryness)

Some doctors also recommend cold drinks such as water or fruit juices to help with night sweats and hot flashes. They also suggest avoiding caffeine and alcohol that can cause dehydration and exacerbate symptoms. B12 and B6 vitamins along with folic acid can help with moodiness.

Exercise

Getting enough exercise can help reduce stress levels which in turn can help alleviate symptoms associated with menopause. When stress hormones are out of balance, exercise can help to decrease stress hormones and even out estrogen and progesterone. A brisk walk can do wonders for elevating the mood and lifting spirits. While exercise won't make menopause symptoms disappear, it can help women cope with them better.

Whether women choose to use bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, add supplements to their diet, or get proper exercise, there are natural ways to make the symptoms of menopause much more manageable.

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