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getting through the menopause
the natural way - helpful alternatives

Any woman over forty years old knows that the menopause is coming sometime in the near future.

There has been a lot of publicity about HRT and how, through taking this hormonal replacement, all your worries are over. The facts, however, are not as clear cut and you might well want to consider your options.

This article is offering some alternatives to help you through this period of time because if you go the more natural route once your menopause is over, it's over.

It's important to know that those who choose HRT, when they finish their treatment, are still facing symptoms of the menopause! In other words, hormone replacement therapy postpones the symptoms.

hormone replacement therapy
Hormone Replacement Therapy replaces the female hormone oestrogen in normal doses. This involves daily oral oestrogen tablets or weekly oestrogen patches applied to the skin, with the addition of the hormone progesterone for some women.

long-term use of HRT
We are now learning that HRT is not always suitable for long-term use, as it increases risks of breast cancer, stroke and heart disease (Women's Health Initiative - WHI study). New clinical guidance recommend that GPs offer HRT in only the worst cases and for a period of only five years. Even in the early stages of use, 4 out of 5 women find that HRT doesn't agree with them.

A recent survey of 2,000 women revealed that 6 out of 10 women had tried HRT, and 33% had chosen to come off it after less than a year.

homeopathy is an alternative to HRT
Homeopathy is safe and effective, especially when used alongside changes in your lifestyle and diet. Homeopathy is very helpful in the treatment of hot flushes, mood-swings, menopausal headaches and a host of other troublesome symptoms.

homeopathic remedies
Hormonal imbalances respond very well to homeopathic treatment. A remedy or remedies will be chosen by your homeopath from a variety of natural sources.

The choice of remedy is highly individual and requires expert help, so it's not advisable to try and choose your own remedies in a shop, for your menopausal problems. I have experienced quite a few women trying out various remedies from the chemist and ending up getting very confused.

hot flushes
One of the most common symptoms is the hot flush. This can not only become a problem during the day, especially if you are working, but can cause sleep problems at night with constant waking up because of flushes of heat.

Here are some pointers to help:

Wear layers so you can manage your temperature.
Wear natural fabrics that breathe.

Try to relax when you're having a flush. This will help.

Carry moist tissues to freshen up after a flush.

Exercise is good. While short bursts of exercise can trigger a hot flush, regular exercise will help to reduce the overall number of attacks.

Stress also is known to be a potent trigger. Other triggers of hot flushes include coffee and alcohol.

hormonal cake
On my site - there is an e book on the menopause, called The Menopause - What Every Woman Needs to Know. There is a recipe for a hormonal cake, high in soya and seeds, plus help with herbs, supplements, diet, exercise and the power of female friendships.

other foods to reduce hot flushes
The two main dietary sources of help with symptoms such as hot flushes are soya foods and linseeds (also called flaxseeds).

The optimum intake to reduce hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms, is around a 100gram serving of tofu, soya yoghurt or a large glass of soya milk at least five times a week. A tablespoon of ground linseeds sprinkled onto cereal or into yoghurt daily can be effective after about six weeks.

Make sure you also eat wholegrains such as rye bread or crackers, porridge oats and wholemeal bread. Oily fish such as mackerel, sardines, tuna and salmon are also beneficial.

Drinking two litres of water a day is definitely beneficial to your general health. During the menopause, with constant fluid loss from hot flushes and night sweats, it is very important to make sure you are replenishing your system. Again read more in the e book - The Menopause - What Every Woman Needs to Know.

As stress can have such a detrimental effect during the menopause it can make a big difference to your health if you are as relaxed as possible. Obviously in this day and age we tend to lead busy lives, so try taking some time out each day to relax. Yoga, meditation, reiki or listening to relaxation music can all help. Visit:.

other articles
I have written further articles about the menopause. One article helps you to understand just what the menopause actually is and the various symptoms you might have and another article is about how much your attitude can help

Article written by Daphne Nancholas
Daphne has been helping women through the menopause for the past 10 years.