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Natural Menopause Treatment Options

Updated on February 8, 2015

Signs of Menopause

Menopause Supplements

If you have begun experiencing perimenopause or menopause symptoms (signs of menopause) it is important to understand that there are some very simple menopause treatments which can help alleviate some of the most disturbing and uncomfortable side-effects of this natural process.

Every woman experiences menopause in a different way and the menopause age can vary tremendously, but once perimenopause symptoms begin to occur many women start to look for relief. Some women will pass through this phase of life with hardly any difficulty; others will experience many of the typical menopause hot flashes or other symptoms to varying degrees and at times these symptoms can be not only uncomfortable, but pose other potential health risks.

Understanding your options when it comes to menopause supplements is an important first line of defense when it comes to finding the best solution for your particular situation. There are many different types of supplements available and many natural remedies for menopause have proven to be quite effective in alleviating various menopause symptoms or in helping with menopause weight gain.

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Black Cohosh for Menopause Relief

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Natural Menopause Relief


Hot Flashes and Black Cohosh

One of the top selling supplements used for menopause symptoms is Black Cohosh. Studies have shown black cohosh to be effective in relieving hot flashes which is one of the biggest complaints when it comes to menopause symptoms.


Night Sweats, Hot Flashes and Flaxseed

The use of flaxseed or flaxseed oil has been shown to reduce menopause symptoms for some women. In fact, one study found that night sweats were reduced by 44% and hot flashes by 35% for women who experienced mild symptoms.


Menopause Supplements

Natural Remedies for Menopause
Natural Remedies for Menopause

Calcium to Prevent Bone Loss During Menopause

With the onset of menopause, a woman’s hormone levels decline putting her at risk of reduced bone density levels. Getting adequate levels of vitamin D is absolutely vital for proper bone health. Women under the age of 50 should get 1,000 milligrams per day while those 50+ need 1,200 milligrams each day. Some doctors recommend taking calcium in two or three smaller doses throughout the day rather than a single larger dose. This is thought to help your body better absorb the calcium.


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Vitamin D and Calcium for Bone Health

Menopause symptoms, calcium and vitamin D. Most people understand that calcium is essential to good bone health, but what many don’t realize is that without adequate levels of vitamin D your body is unable to absorb the necessary calcium. Vitamin D is available in some foods, through the use of supplements and from the sun. Getting ten to fifteen minutes of unprotected sun exposure will allow your body to make the necessary amount of vitamin D that it needs for calcium absorption and good bone health.

With the growing awareness of the dangers of too much unprotected sun exposure, many people have now come full-circle and rarely, if ever, get adequate levels of sun exposure to produce the needed vitamin D. The results have been an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency both in the U.S. and around the world. Some sun exposure is actually good for you. It is important to talk to your doctor regarding your risks for vitamin D deficiency and how best to maintain adequate levels.

Ginseng as a Mood Enhancer

There is no doubt that there can be times when various menopause symptoms can result in making a woman feel a little down. This is a difficult time for many women and the uncomfortable side-effects can certainly be distressing. While there has been no research to suggest that ginseng can alleviate hot flashes or other menopausal symptoms, there is evidence to suggest that it can improve a woman’s quality of life by providing a boost to her sense of well-being and outlook.

St. John’s Wort for Mood Swings

St. John’s wort has become very well known as an effective treatment for cases of mild depression. However, studies suggest it may have even more benefits for women suffering with the symptoms of menopause, especially when used in combination with black cohosh. St. John’s wort has been shown to help improve the mood swings often associated with menopause.

Soy for Menopause Relief

In the United States, women are more than eight times likelier to experience hot flashes during menopause than women in Asian countries. One explanation might be the soy products often found in the diets of Asian women. There have been several studies suggesting that soy can help reduce a woman’s hot flashes and that soy extract was about as effective as hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms.

Menopause Supplements

When choosing to use menopause supplements it is important to understand that they are not without risk. Be sure to talk to your health care practitioner regarding the supplements you intend to take and be aware of any potential side effects. Some supplements can interfere with medications you may be taking or can cause an allergic reaction.

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  • Lamme profile imageAUTHOR

    Lamme 

    7 years ago

    Thanks Mellisa, fortunately there are many natural and herbal remedies that work very well for menopause symptoms. It is no longer necessary to take risky supplements or to even have to endure the uncomfortable side effects.

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    Mellisa 

    7 years ago

    "Big thumbs up for your hub! Sometime back, I came across another interesting article listing the role that your genetics play when you hit menopause. If your mom spent restless nights dealing with uncomfortable night sweats and hollering her head out due to high irritability due to pesky hot flashes, the bad news is you might be heading the same way. However, thanks to extensive research and scientific findings now you can find many ways to come out of these hot flashes, night sweats, and other symptoms. As you said, Asian women rarely experience menopause symptoms due to soy in their diet. Rice bran another favorite in Asian cultures, and another reason behind the absence of menopause symptoms. Rice bran is a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that boost estrogen production that helps alleviate menopause symptoms. One of the easiest ways to get the benefits of rice bran oil is to take Femestra, a natural supplement available at http://www.femestra.com/. I had been using Femestra for the last 4 months and I have never felt better. Thanks to femestra I feel alive again.

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  • Lamme profile imageAUTHOR

    Lamme 

    7 years ago

    Minnetonka Twin, it's great that you're thinking about this and planning for it. Vitamin d and calcium are very important for women. Keep up the great work!

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    Linda Rogers 

    7 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for the great info. I am getting to the age where I need to start looking at this. I have already been on vitamin d and calcium so hopefully that will help a little.

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    Lamme 

    7 years ago

    Thanks Darlene, sounds like you're having some problems in this area ... I'm so sorry to hear that. I know everyone experiences this at a different level. I hope it gets better for you!

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    Darlene Sabella 

    7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    Fantastic hub my friend, however as old as I am now, the bad news is it NEVER GOES AWAY. Yes your wise concel in this are are to add some releif, however as bad as I got this, gentic sucks, nothing would help unless they would put me down like a dog. All, joking aside this is an excellent hub and I rate it up up and up

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    Lamme 

    7 years ago

    Thanks BkCreative, I think if we give our body the opportunity, it will show us exactly what we need. It's kind of like when you crave a piece of meat ... chances are you need some protein. This of course, has to be tempered with the outside influences of sugar addiction, LOL But, if we are in tune with our bodies we can learn a lot. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    BkCreative 

    7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

    Yes, natural is always better. Menopause is not a disease - there is nothing at all wrong with women. I love how the Chinese culture calls it the 'Second Spring' - and makes it a very lovely, free, independent time in a womans' life. Yay!

    It's interesting how for the first time in my life I craved beer when I was menopausal (or entering my Second Spring) and then later I found beer had beneficial silicon.

    Thanks for a great hub. Rated up!

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