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How to Manage Extreme Menopause Symptoms

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The levels of sex hormones and lifestyle choices often determine the severity of the symptoms of menopause. If you have been dealt a rough deal, read on, and learn how to deal with extreme menopause symptoms in a safe but effective manner.

5 Tips for Dealing with Extreme Menopause Symptoms

Treatment depends on which symptoms you have and how extreme they are. Generally speaking, you can make certain lifestyle choices to reduce the severity of any symptom. The female body reacts in strange ways during menopause because it is transitioning from reproductive to non-reproductive, and the ovaries, which produce the majority of your hormones, are preparing for the cessation of their primary role. This results in a fluctuation in hormones, which is what causes the symptoms. Rebalancing your hormones is key to alleviating extreme cases of menopause symptoms.

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Talk to your doctor

Speak to your doctor about your symptoms. Based on your medical history and your own individual circumstances, they will be able to help. Some symptoms can vary in severity more than others and will need more attention. For example, extreme cases of mood swings can lead to depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety.

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Make extreme lifestyle changes

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Eat healthy and increase your consumption of foods that promote higher estrogen levels such as soy, yams, and apples. Do research and eat the right foods in the right quantity. Additionally, make sure you get at least half an hour of exercise each day.

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Avoid all caffeine and alcohol consumption

These only worsen menopause symptoms, so avoid them entirely. Also use this as a time to quit smoking. There is no better time, and your symptoms won't be as aggressive if you can manage it.

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Consider herbal remedies

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Some women will need to combine lifestyle changes with herbal remedies to deal with extreme symptoms. There are two types of herbs in this case; phytoestrogenic and hormone-regualting supplements. Ideally, you want to use the last ones, which are able to influence hormone levels by nourishing the pituitary and endocrine glands, instead of adding plant-estrogen to the body. However, if you do choose phytoestrogenic herbs, use them for a limited time because prolonged use can make the body less capable of producing its own hormones.

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Turn to biofeedback if necessary

Biofeedback might be a viable option if lifestyle changes and herbal remedies don't reduce your symptoms. This technique teaches the individual to control their own body's involuntary actions. It can help with symptoms such as hot flashes, headaches, low libido, etc. Only consider this option after speaking with your doctor.

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