Menopause: a natural course
Menopause will affect every woman at some point in her life. Some may experience just a few symptoms of menopause, while others will have very rough side affects, such as night sweats, hot flashes, weight gain, depression, and many other problems. These issues regularly occur in women over 50, while 1 in 1,000 will find that they are experiencing early menopause at around the ages of 30. Menopause is completely natural, but can be very problematic in terms of how it can affect lifestyle and over all comfort of living.
What happens during menopause?
Menopause occurs when the body stops producing eggs and a complete cycle disruption begins to occur. Estrogen levels in the woman’s body begin to undergo some changes as the hormones begin to affect her natural menstrual cycle. All these changes start affecting just about everything in the woman’s body such as metabolism and even mood. However, once she has not had a period in a full year, this is called postmenopausal. At this point for the woman, there is no longer a risk for pregnancy.
Menopause can be very difficult to deal with especially at its heightened stages. Affects like hot flashes are what happen when her body’s hormone levels have radically changed, affecting her body’s sensation of heat.
The medical field has produced many medicines to combat the side affects of this natural course, and have come up with hormone replacement therapy.
Side effects of hormone replacement therapy are often far worse than menopause itself. HTR can put the woman at risk to several different types of cancers, such as breast cancer, and ovarian cancer. Blood clots can occur, along with achy breasts, and nausea. One of the more serious side effects is the dramatic increase in the risk of heart attack and stroke. When the medical field plays God, this is what you get.
Natural Remedies for your changing body
Oddly enough, there are very few actual herbal or dietary remedies for this condition. One of the best ways to know how to naturally deal with menopausal symptoms without HRT is to figure out what your triggers are for your symptoms and figure out how to compensate for them.
One of the best ways to deal with night sweats and hot flashes is to understand how your body reacts to things during the day. For instance, alcohol has many adverse affects on menopausal women, and can even be a direct trigger for hot flashes. So, avoid alcohol the day before.
Also, wearing cotton can allow you to feel more comfortable at night, as cotton is excellent at transferring heat or keeping heat in during a menopausal chill. Having a second pillow can also come in handy when having a hot flash. When you feel you’re about to experience one, simply just change pillows.
It is always important to keep up vitamin intake and drink plenty of filtered water as the body is going through such changes. In many cases, these changes can cause the patient’s immune systems to have difficulties, so be aware of this issue.