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The Most Controversial Menopause Treatments

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If you're experiencing menopause, you know what a roller coaster of emotions it can be. Your fluctuating hormones may make you feel sad, alone, and angry for no apparent reason. Add into the other symptoms like vaginal dryness, hair loss, and osteoporosis and you may quickly find yourself irritable; depressed one moment and in ecstasy the next.

It can seem like there is no escape from the woes of menopause, but how far would you actually go in your attempts to rid yourself of menopause symptoms? Continue reading to learn all the options available, including the most controversial menopause treatments.

Lifestyle Changes

Your body is changing during menopause, so it's only natural that you change a bit, too. You need to fight against any unwanted changes, and sitting there watching TV won't accomplish anything. Lifestyle changes are the least controversial treatments for menopause symptoms. The side effects of these changes may include feeling and looking great.

Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day will boost your energy levels and improve your general health, which may make you less susceptible to the effects of menopause symptoms. You should also try to reduce your stress levels during menopause by relaxation techniques; because this can make the external factors harder to cope with, and worsen your menopause symptoms. Make time to do the things you find relaxing, like playing with your kids, listening to music, painting, or just walking.

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Your diet can play a big part in how you feel, and a poor diet can also worsen many symptoms, like tingling extremities and memory loss. Try to avoid caffeine products and alcohol and make sure you drink enough water.

Herbal Remedies

Herbs have long been used by ancient cultures to cure ailments and as remedies for menopause symptoms. However, since there is no verifiable evidence and irrefutable fact about their efficacy or side effects, these traditional cures have become more and more controversial. Although some people say herbs like ginseng and ginkgo biloba contain phytoestrogens that mimic estrogen hormones in a woman's body, their true effectiveness at combating menopause symptoms remains unclear. Moreover, side effects can include nausea and diarrhea.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Although an effective remedy for menopause symptoms, hormone replacement therapy can cause serious problems. Doses are measured specifically to meet individual patient's needs and can be administered via injections, creams, tablets, patches, troches, IUDs, vaginal rings, or gels. However, side effects can include headaches, fever, rashes, severe abdominal pain, and even cancer.

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