Managing the menopause – without hormones
There is certainly a lot to be said for the hormonal treatment of the menopause and related health problems, something you can read more about here.
This is, of course, due to the fact that the menopause itself is brought on by a change in hormone levels, due to the ovaries no longer releasing the same levels of oestrogen.
Symptoms of the menopause
The symptoms of the menopause are manifold, and although they are unpleasant, they can often be treated without the use of hormone therapy. This is ideal for individuals who have found in the past that they react unpredictably to additional hormones in their body (due to the use of the contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy, for example) or that prefer to rely on alternative medicines.
These symptoms include hot flushes, low mood and depression, anxiety, night sweats, insomnia, reduced libido, vaginal dryness, dry skin and eyes and the frequency of micturition. There are also serious long-term effects that might come about as a result of the menopause, including an increased chance of osteoporosis.
Managing the menopause without hormones
So, how can you as an individual modify your own behaviours and habits to try and ease the symptoms and dangers of the menopause, without the use of hormonal treatment? Well, there are a few different aspects of your lifestyle that need to be considered.
Something that you can act upon early on, and that is important for all women is ensuring your diet is rich in calcium. This will strengthen bones and reduce the chances of serious fractures that might otherwise come about as a result of osteoporosis. Including more vitamin D in your diet is also a good idea for building stronger bones. Other dietary improvements that will pay off include reducing the amount of saturated fat and salt in your diet, as this will help lower blood pressure and lead to better general health. With a healthier body, you will be better prepared for the more difficult symptoms of the menopause.
Another key way to ensure you’re ready for the onset of the menopause is to cut out smoking. There is scientific evidence which proves smoking often leads to an earlier onset of the menopause. If you smoke while going through the menopause, there are also studies which suggest the act of smoking will trigger a hot flush. Stopping this unhealthy habit earlier on is not only good for your general health but will make the menopause experience a lot easier for you.
Exercise will aid women in combating the low mood and anxiety which so often comes with the menopause, due to the feel-good hormones which are naturally released into your body. Relaxation and mindfulness techniques will also help with conditions such as insomnia and depression, as it’s important to be in touch with your own thoughts and feelings during what can sometimes be a stressful time.
The menopause can at times be difficult, but with the right management and treatment, there’s no need for normal hormone changes within your body to have an impact on your quality of life. For more information or advice about how you can manage your own journey through the menopause, contact Miss Tania Adib.