Dealing With Menopause: Mood Swings, Facial Hair and Hot Flashes

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Menopause is one of those words that bring a shiver to women at the mere mention of the word. Many women fear the onset of menopause because generations of women have expressed frightening stories surrounding the experience. The onset of menopause typically starts around the age of 45; however, it can begin as much as 5 years earlier and as much as 10-12 years later. There are a number of ways for dealing with the physical and emotional effects of menopause including medications, natural remedies or a combination of both. Although there are common symptoms most women experience, there are several options available to relieve the discomfort. 

Dealing with Menopause Symptoms
Mood swings are the most common symptoms and the change in hormone balance can create an emotional roller coaster that requires empathy and understanding. The fear of facial hair is a big concern for many women and although it does commonly occur and many women become depressed at the thought, growing facial hair does not always happen and if it does, there are several quick and easy ways to remedy the situation. The most common complaint among women going through menopause is hot flashes. Hot flashes typically last about five years and in very rare case may last as long as 15 years. There are a variety of over-the-counter natural treatments available to help relieve the discomfort of hot flashes. Emotional stress is a concern for many women and some find it helpful to join a group or talk with a counselor about relaxation techniques which help to improve depression.
Eating Healthy
Many women are fearful of taking prescription medications for the treatment of menopause symptoms, but there are numerous ways to relieve these symptoms with natural treatments. The foods you eat have a large impact on how you feel physically and emotional. It is beneficial to eat a healthy diet and include foods that are beneficial for preventing cancers, cardiovascular disease and arthritis. Avoid foods that may increase the hot flashes, such as spicy foods, chocolate, caffeine and alcoholic beverages. It is important to get a sufficient amount of vitamins, especially vitamin D and calcium to maintain healthy bones, which may become weak during menopause.
Herbal Medicines and Exercise
Herbal medicines such as Dong Quai, is effective in regulating bleeding during menopause, Cohosh root has been shown to be highly effective in relieving hot flashes, insomnia and vaginal dryness. Lavender and/or chamomile teas are also beneficial for helping you sleep as well as calming nerves. It is important that you maintain a good exercise routine, for several reasons such as promoting a good night’s sleep, maintaining good cardiovascular health and reducing depression.

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