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Menopausal Problems

 

Menopause occurs when a woman ceases to ovulate, occasionally this can cause some problems and uncomfortable symptoms which include:

Hot flushes
Pain during intercourse
Headaches
Night sweats
Increased irritability, nervousness or anxiety
Increased need to urinate
Swollen ankles

Menopause is a process and not a final event, some women may or may not have any symptoms. It usually occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55 but it can happen earlier or much later. Most of the symptoms are only temporary and will eventually go in time. However more permanent problems can also result.

Causes

 

Menopause is caused by a decrease in the levels of progesterone and oestrogen, periods will begin to cease over time and the ovaries will slow and cease their normal functions.

Dietary Considerations

 

Eating soy beans and lima beans and other foods high in plant estrogens, may help relieve symptoms, other sources include fennel, nuts and seeds, parsley, flaxseed oil and celery. Brewer’s yeast, eggs, yeast extracts, breads, wholegrains, wheatgerm, pulses, cereals and organ meats are all high in B vitamins, which might assist with emotional and nerve problems.

Personal Care

 

Raise your calcium intake and engage in weight-bearing exercises so as to avoid osteoporosis and
maintain general good health. Vitamin E should be taken daily to treat hot flushes and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

When to seek further professional advice

If you ever experience bleeding after menopause.
 

Alternative/Natural Treatments

 

Some Chinese herbs which include Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) and Asian Ginseng (Panax ginseng) contain a form of oestrogen. A professional should be consulted concerning the correct dosages, as exact proportions are important. Phytoestrogen is found in a wide range of herbs and foods. A herbal tea made from Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) which may supply beneficial amounts of Phytoestrogen. Certain herbal creams may also relieve vaginal dryness and dry skin. Combinations of Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus), motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca), wild yam (Dioscorea villosa), and other herbs may help with the rapid heartbeat that comes with hot flashes.

Traditional Treatment

 

Hormone replacement therapy is a popular yet controversial treatment. It simply replaces the oestrogen levels in the body, however, it might still have certain side effects.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-17