All symptoms of menopause are caused by one thing: a change in critical hormone levels. When a woman enters the perimenopause phase her estrogen levels drop, causing all sorts of unwanted side effects, such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood swings. If you are suffering from these symptoms, you will know how urgent it is to find a solution that will help you get your life back on track. The following is a list of the most common symptoms of menopause and the best ways to treat them without resorting to taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Sometimes described as intense feelings of heat and even feeling as though you are being engulfed in flames, hot flashes affect every woman differently. But there are a few things you can try to decrease the severity and frequency of hot flashes. One alternative medicine that is known to help treat hot flashes is black cohosh, a phytoestrogenic-rich root that helps balance a woman's hormone levels and hot flashes.
You can also try to beat your hot flashes by always being prepared for one, by always dressing in layers, so that if you begin experiencing a hot flash you can remove some of the layers of clothing with ease. Also, always carry chilled water with you. When you get a hot flash, nothing beats a nice, cold bottle of water.
Similar to hot flashes, but occurring at night, this side effect of menopause has the ability to create many a sleepless night. Many women have reported waking up drenched in sweat and unable to go back to sleep, but there are some things you can do to keep this from happening to you.
Just like hot flashes, black cohosh can keep your hormones regulated and the number of night sweats to a minimum. Soy is another phytoestrogenic-rich supplement that can help balance your estrogen levels.
Vaginal dryness can ruin a great night and turn a workout into a nightmare; every woman wants to avoid this extremely uncomfortable symptom of menopause. It is caused, like the previously-mentioned symptoms, by a drop in estrogen. The estrogen keeps your vaginal tissues healthy, and without estrogen, vaginal dryness occurs.
So you need to make sure to keep your diet filled with phytoestrogenic herbs and foods to keep your vaginal dryness from interfering with your life. Also, if you are still experiencing vaginal dryness, make sure to wear loose-fitting underwear and breathable fabrics.
Make sure you know all about the different hormones that are playing a part in your menopause by clicking on the following link about natural hormones.