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Menopause Relief: How to Survive Hormonal Imbalance

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By Joyce Paul

There comes a time in a woman’s life when symptoms like hot flashes, vaginal dryness, moodiness, and sleeplessness emerge. These usually indicate that her hormones are not at their usual levels, and can mean that she is entering menopause. This comes usually when a woman enters her “golden years”, however it has been seen that some women actually enter this stage in their life a decade or so earlier.

No matter what your age when you begin to experience menopause, trying to suffer through the symptoms without finding relief can be very trying. This is why it is a good idea for you to find a treatment that is ideal for you. There are quite a few that you can choose from, with some being considered natural options and others needing some form of medication or other.

Hormonal Imbalance Treatment – HRT

One of the treatments that can greatly help those who are experiencing the fluctuation of their estrogen and progesterone due to menopause is hormone replacement therapy. This is a treatment that can come in many forms – pills, patches, implants, gels, topical creams, and suppositories. This is usually a combination of estrogen and progesterone. There are some however that only replace estrogen and this is only used when a woman is undergoing surgical menopause, which happens when they have had a hysterectomy.

You should be aware that while HRT is a highly recommended treatment for the alleviation of menopausal symptoms, not everyone can actually be a prime candidate for such a therapy. There are a few women who cannot take advantage of the benefits of such a treatment, and these include those who have some form of cancer (endometrial, breast, etc.), heart problems, kidney problems, and blood clotting tendencies. Those who have untreated hypertension, or have suffered a stroke are also part of this list.

Those who are considered ideal for HRT are those who do not have these health issues, and are susceptible to osteoporosis due to family history. This means that basically any woman who is in generally good health and is experiencing menopausal symptoms can opt for this treatment. They can ask their doctor for this in order to get relief from the aforementioned indicators of hormonal imbalance.

Natural Methods You Can Try

If you are not an ideal candidate for hormonal replacement therapy, do not despair. There are still quite a number of natural treatments that can be used to help ease the symptoms that you are feeling. For starters, a change in your lifestyle is recommended. This means you will need to watch what you ingest, what you do, and how you handle stress.

It is ideal that you reduce your intake of alcohol, caffeine and spicy food since these are seen to worsen or even trigger the hot flashes that you experience during this stage in your life. You are also advised to be more active and to exercise regularly, as well as to rest more and to reduce your stress levels as much as possible. Some people also swear by the effects of homeopathic remedies and relaxation therapies like reflexology, yoga, aromatherapy, and meditation for menopause relief.

Whatever method you choose to use, know that there will always be a way for you to diminish or even get rid of the symptoms that come with menopause. To find out for sure which method you can safely use, it is best if you consult with your doctor. They can tell you whether or not you can undergo HRT for your imbalance issues or if you should go natural for your remedies.

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Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/menopause-hormone-therapy

http://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/which-type-of-estrogen-hormone-therapy-is-right-for-you

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/in-depth/hormone-therapy/art-20046372

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Hormone-replacement-therapy/Pages/Introduction.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Hormone-replacement-therapy/Pages/Alternatives.aspx

 

Author Bio:

Joyce Paul is a marketing professional from Genemedics Health Institute. Her interests lie in health and nutrition. She writes about these topics and contributes to different health and wellness blogs in her free time. She also participates in awareness campaigns for HIV and Cancer in her community. Her advocacy is to help people know more about fighting these diseases.

 

 

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