Menopause generally occurs for women over 40, but women under 40 can also experience it (which is called early menopause). A woman’s body is going through so many changes during that time and may experience side effects ranging from hot flashes to mood swings.
Fortunately, menopause treatments are available to help ease this transition. Each menopause treatment works differently for different people, but there are so many options out there that everyone is bound to find the perfect choice for them.
Lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise are considered natural menopause treatments, and can really make a difference without the risk associated with some other forms of treatment. For example, try eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day and cutting out all the junk food you’re used to eating. Get to the gym or try something like yoga or water aerobics. If you’re experiencing hot flashes, try wearing lightweight pajamas to bed and keeping a cold glass of water on your nightstand to have available at any moment.
Over-the-counter treatments are another common DIY way to treat menopause. These treatments include herbal remedies such as ginseng, red clover, and evening primrose oil. While many people use these remedies as a way to treat their menopause, there’s no data that proves they have any effect. As with any new treatment, talk with your doctor before attempting to use these herbal remedies. Herbal treatments may mix poorly with any other medications you’re currently taking, and you don’t want to create any problems that weren’t there before.
Prescription medicine is, of course, the most reliable menopause treatment. Hormone replacement therapy can effectively “replace” estrogen, reduce hot flashes, curb mood swings, and can be used as night sweats therapy. Talk to your doctor if you’re interested in hormone therapy for menopause.
Menopause is a natural part of life for women, but it doesn’t need to be one you suffer through. Instead, you can live with menopause.