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We will explore different supplements and their efficacy at relieving the symptoms of menopause.

Are you going through menopause?  

Do you have trouble managing the symptoms of menopause?  Are you unable to use hormone replacement therapy to help you alleviate the side effects of menopause?  If you are a woman currently going through menopause and dealing with bothersome side effects, there are many supplements you could take to make the transition easier to endure.

A woman is born with a certain amount of eggs at birth.  When a female goes through puberty, usually between the ages of 11-13, she begins to menstruate, which is the body’s way of preparing for fertilization.  As a woman ages, the ovaries begin to shut down and the menstrual cycle will end and this is called “menopause.”

What causes menopause?

Menopause happens when a woman’s ovaries are completely depleted of eggs.  Usually, a woman is between 45-55 when menopause begins and it is a natural part of the aging process.  

Women can go through menopause prematurely and it could be due to a hysterectomy, damage to the ovaries or premature ovarian failure.

What are the signs and symptoms of menopause?

As women age and begin to go through the process of menopause, it is normal for the menstrual cycle to become irregular.  There are also other symptoms of menopause which a woman can experience and these include; hot flashes, vaginal thinning, decreased libido, mood swings, sleep disturbance, urinary problems and much more.  Some women can experience these symptoms, while others can go through menopause and have no inconvenience or troublesome side effects.

How is menopause diagnosed?

A woman can be diagnosed with menopause by her general practitioner or gynecologist. While there are no definitive physical tests used to diagnose menopause her doctor can judge by the information regarding her menstrual patterns and other feedback.  If a physician is unsure if a woman is going through menopause, a blood test can be done to measure her follicle-stimulating hormone levels which will rise when she is in menopause.

What are some supplements a woman can use to alleviate menopause symptoms?

The following herbal supplements can be taken to alleviate the symptoms of menopause:

  • Soy

According to statistical information, menopausal women in the United States are eight times more likely to have hot flashes than Asian women, and this could be linked to the consumption of soy products. Therefore, women in menopausal have been interested in soy foods as an alternative to estrogen therapy for the treatment of menopausal symptoms, especially those that affect vasomotor and urogenital symptoms.  

Eating foods like soy nuts and tofu and taking a phytoestrogen supplement can be used to alleviate hot flashes. 

See Also: Menopause - Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

  • Dong Quai

Dong quai has long been used in Chinese medicine for treating women’s health issues.  However, recent research studies have not found any evidence to back up its efficacy.  One study of dong quai was done to determine its effects on hot flashes in menopausal women, but it was not found to be effective.  Because dong quai may carry some risks, it is best to check with your physician before using it.

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