Live Easier with Your Menopause with these 10 Easy Tips

Live Easier with Your Menopause with these 10 Easy Tips

Because menstruation can be so unpleasant, many women think that menopause will be a relief. However, the symptoms of menopause can often be as difficult to handle – or more so – than the pain and discomfort of having your period.

Because menopause is a stage of life and not a disease, there is no avoiding it. There is no cure – the only way out of menopause is through it. There are treatments available to ease the symptoms, but some of them have side effects that can make the process even more difficult. Luckily, there are alternatives – but first, let’s talk about the process and symptoms of menopause

What Is Menopause?

The first step to understanding the natural things you can do to help ease the symptoms of menopause is to understand what it is. Women of child-bearing age produce eggs in their ovaries. Once a month, an egg is released into the Fallopian tubes. A protective lining builds up inside the uterus. In the even the released egg is fertilized, the lining will become the placenta that will nourish the growing baby. If the egg is not fertilized, the body sheds the lining once a month during menstruation.

When a woman goes through menstruation, it means that her body is slowing or stopping its production of eggs. In addition, her body will produce less estrogen. The reduction in estrogen can cause various symptoms. Some women will experience all of these, while other may experience only a few:

  • Hot flashes (a quick feeling of being overheated that may be accompanied by flushed skin and perspiration)
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Pain during intercourse due to vaginal dryness
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings

Sometimes a woman may stop menstruating but still produce an egg or two. More than one woman has been surprised by a late pregnancy because she thought it was safe not to use birth control. Generally, women are considered to be done with menopause if they go without getting a period for a year. Common treatments for menopause include estrogen replacement therapy.

Easy Tips to Help You Live Easier with Menopause

While many doctors prescribe estrogen to women who are going through menopause, there can be some unpleasant side effects associated with this treatment. Some examples include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Weight gain
  • Fluid retention
  • Tenderness of breasts
  • Spotting or darkening of the skin, especially on the face

Fortunately, there are some very easy things you can do to make the process less troublesome. Let’s take a look:

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Eat foods rich in phytoestrogens. Research shows that cultures that eat a plant-based diet experience fewer symptoms of menopause than culture that eat more animal proteins. Foods rich in phytoestrogens include alfalfa, apples, celery, fennel, flaxseed, nuts, and whole grains.
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Take a black cohosh supplement. Native Americans used this herb to treat symptoms associated with menstruation and menopause. One study showed that taking a black cohosh supplement alleviated menopause symptoms in 805 of the women who took it.
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Eat seaweed. That might not sound like something you want to do, but if you’re a fan of sushi you have already eaten seaweed. Eating seaweed can help to relieve vaginal dryness and hot flashes, and it also helps to prevent osteoporosis and improve cardiovascular health.
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Take ginseng. Menopause is stressful, and ginseng can help to relieve stress. You can either buy a supplement or drink ginger tea.
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Eliminate or cut back on caffeine. Some women report that when they cut out caffeine, their hot flashes disappeared too. If you feel you can’t get through the day without coffee, try to cut back on the amount you drink.
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Eat soy. Soy is also a source of phytoestrogens, but some women report that it is particularly effective in relieving the symptoms of menopause. It is important to be careful with soy, because it can cause inflammation in some people. If you can find organic (non-GMO) soy, that is a better option.
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Add Vitamin E to your diet. Vitamin E has been shown to minimize hot flashes. Foods rich in Vitamin E include almonds, raw seeds, kale, spinach, turnip greens, and hazelnuts. In general, it is better to get nutrients from whole foods, but you can also take a Vitamin E supplement if you prefer. You want to make sure to get 400 IU per day.
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Take licorice. This is not about the sugary candy, it is about natural licorice root. It is available as a supplement or as an ingredient in herbal teas. Be careful not to overdo it – keep your dosage to less than 5 grams per day, and don’t use it over a long period of time as it may cause high blood pressure and other issues.
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Take dong quai. Dong quai is a Chinese herb also known as Chinese angelica. It has been used for centuries as a remedy for both painful menstruation and menopause. It is available as an herbal supplement.
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Use clary sage. Clary sage is another popular herb that can be used to balance hormones during menstruation – but it also works to relieve the symptoms of menopause. It is available as a nutritional supplement.

In addition to the remedies listed above, it is also important to be mindful of your overall health. Make sure to eat a healthy, balanced diet, exercise, and get enough sleep. You can also do things to minimize the stress associated with menopause, such as meditating. Meditation has been shown to be very helpful in relieving stress and anxiety, and many women find it to be helpful in terms of managing the emotional component of going through menopause. It may also help to share your experience with other women who are experiencing the same thing. Many areas have support groups – or you may simply want to talk to friends close to your age to see if they are willing to share their experiences with menopause.

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