Does hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for your menopause make your blood run cold? Many women are faced with potential risks associated with HRT. First, letís take a quick look at three stages of menopause.
Menopause begins in your early 40s as your ovaries gradually produce less and less of hormone estrogen. Your periods become erratic sometimes skipping a month or alternating between light and heavy.
The next period of time is transitioning to actual menopause. During this time you may continue to have erratic periods and ďfun stuffĒ begins to settle in for a long visit. Yes, fun stuff like hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings and insomnia are some of symptoms.
The final and actual onset of menopause usually occurs in your early 50s and is represented by absence of your period for a full 12 months. Itís those in between years that can wreak havoc in your life.
Are there natural alternatives for chemical HRT? The good news is yes! Itís a sad fact that less than two percent of doctors even mention alternative therapies and that most of them feel there is no benefit. Thousands of women would disagree. Here are just a few of many natural alternatives:
Try adjusting your diet to include vegetables and fish that are high in Omega-3 as they contain nutrients that can help your body deal with menopause naturally. Conversely, there are foods that can make your menopausal symptoms worse. Caffeine, sugar, fatty dairy products, salt, alcohol and saturated oils can aggravate symptoms.
Be sure and take a daily multivitamin making certain that vitamin contains 100% of daily allowance for nutrients. Just be aware that vitamins are no substitute for following a healthy diet.
If menopause causes mood swings, it only makes sense that itís possible to experience extreme responses for stress. Try using deep breathing techniques, meditation or some other methods of relaxation that works for you and practice technique for 10 to 20 minutes per day. You will be left feeling calmer, more able to cope and more in control.