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The Recommended Treatments for Menopause

With constant hormonal fluctuations and bodily changes, menopause can be a difficult transition for many women. Without warning, symptoms can change in intensity and frequency--even new ones can arise. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available to help women manage their symptoms.

Lifestyle Changes

Treatments that incorporate lifestyle changes involve women incorporating new habits or activities into - or eliminating detrimental ones from - their daily lives. While this may seem simple, this can be quite challenging, since it requires a great deal of self-discipline.

Lifestyle changes women can incorporate include:

The Recommended Treatments for Menopause
  • Practicing stress reduction techniques (e.g., reading, spending time with friends, “me” time, meditation)
  • Eating a well-rounded, nutritious diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Avoiding excessive caffeine or alcohol intake
  • Quitting smoking

Alternative Treatments

A number of alternative treatments are available for women who would like to use them alone or in combination with lifestyle changes. They are generally safe and effective for most women. Some alternative treatments include:

  • Herbal remedies
  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy

Regarding herbal remedies, there are two kinds that can effectively treat menopause symptoms:

Phytoestrogenic supplements

Phytoestrogenic supplements, such as black cohosh and dong quai, introduce plant compounds that mimic estrogen within the body to temporarily assuage symptoms due to dwindling estrogen. They are extremely effective in the short term, but lose their effectiveness over time.

The Recommended Treatments for Menopause

Hormone-regulating supplements

Hormone-regulating supplements stimulate a woman's body to increase her natural hormone production, helping to balance out her body's estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone levels to alleviate menopause symptoms. These supplements are a safe and effective way to treat menopause symptoms.

Prescription Medications

Prescription medications, like hormone replacement therapy (HRT) pills, are very popular and are, by far, the most common menopause symptom treatment in the United States. HRT introduces synthetic estrogen into a woman's body to simulate her own estrogen. HRT is quite effective, but it has been associated with a dangerous increase in the risk of developing heart disease and breast cancer.

More Information on Treatments for Menopause

Women can do further research into the different types of treatment - from lifestyle adjustments to HRT to herbal supplements - and then discuss their findings and questions with a trusted doctor before choosing the most effective treatment or combination of treatments for their specific circumstances.

A List of Menopause Symptoms

There are a wide range of menopausal symptoms that can affect women. Here is a list of them.

Unusual Menopause Symptoms

There are menopause symptoms that can affect women going through this transitional phase. Find out the uncommon ones here.

How to Relieve Stress during Menopause

The length of menopause varies drastically from woman to woman and some may feel as though this phase will go on forever. Here are tips for stress relief.

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