Menopause Relief

Written by Emily Ledbetter
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Menopause is a natural process in a woman's life when menstrual periods and ovulation end. It typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 and, in addition to the physical changes, involves other changes to the body and mind brought on by a decrease in the amount of certain hormones including estrogen and progesterone.

Symptoms of Menopause

Menopause affects women in a number of different ways. Some women experience few physical or emotional symptoms while others find that period of their life to be extremely hard to cope with. The physical symptoms associated with menopause include thinning of body hair, change in breast firmness and size, loss of bone density and slowing of metabolism. There are a number of other side effects that typically cause women the most angst. These can include hot flashes, dizziness, mood swings, night sweats and decreased libido.

Natural Treatment

There are two common approaches to relieving the discomfort associated with menopause--the conventional medical approach involving hormone replacement therapy and an alternative approach that typically involves treatment with non-drug therapies. Many women choose to approach relief through diet and lifestyle changes combined with herbal and nutritional supplements, avoiding the side effects and risks associated with prescription hormone therapies.

The herbal supplements on the market are formulated to make the physiological and emotional changes associated with menopause more manageable. The common function of these products is to support the body's natural production of estrogen and progesterone and, in some cases, supplement with plant estrogens. Normalizing the hormone levels can lead to relief from menstrual irregularities, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, fatigue, depression and other symptoms associated with menopause.

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