Menopausal Symptoms and Treatments
Menopause is the permanent end of the menstrual periods in a woman. It is a natural phenomenon. However, it may even be caused by radiation, chemotherapy or surgery. A woman is generally said to have completed her natural menopause when she hasn’t got her periods for twelve consecutive months. For Australian women, this usually happens around age 51-54. Menopause happens instantly when both the ovaries are removed surgically or if they become damaged due to chemotherapy or radiation therapy in cancer treatment.
The most common menopausal symptoms include:
- Night sweats and hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness leading to painful intercourse
- Changes in the mood like anxiety, depression, or/and irritability
- Physical complaints like tiredness and painful or stiff joints
- Urinary incontinence
Menopausal Treatments :
- Mind and body practices like tai chi, yoga, qi gong and acupuncture helps in reducing the severity of the menopausal symptoms.
- There are many Chinese herbal medicines that can be used for treating the menopausal symptoms. In fact, researchers are still studying about the herbal supplements for identifying the different compounds and the active ingredients and for understanding their effects in body. But before consuming any of these supplements, a consultation with a health care professional is a must.
- BHRT or Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy as it is called is the marketing phrase for describing medications, which are made in specialized pharmacies. They basically contain hormones like testosterone, progesterone, estradiol and estrone in any variation. Although the compounded bioidentical hormones are marketed as safe and natural, the compound formulas are inconsistent.
- Consult a health care professional and tell the person about the complimentary health practices that you use. Provide them a complete idea about what you do for managing your health.
Women must however keep in mind that a few lifestyle changes can contribute a lot to healthy aging. So, they must maintain a healthy life style and diet. For instance, exercising regularly, eating healthy diet and quitting smoking have shown to reduce risks of osteoporosis and heart disease to a great extent.