There are three main areas of treatment for the relief of primenopause symptoms such as vaginal dryness, night sweats and hot flashes. These treatments include diet and exercise, prescription medicine and alternative medicine. Below each of these treatments will be described in greater detail.
Diet and Exercise
Diet and exercise affects the body in many ways and one of those ways is aiding the body in the relief of menopause symptoms such as insomnia, hot flashes and fatigue. Adding a more nutritious diet into your life can make you feel better overall. It can also aid in maintaining a healthy weight that is suggested during menopause especially. Exercise is a natural stress reducer and if weight-bearing exercises are performed this will help in strengthening the bones. This is important since bone density can be lost during menopause. Drink plenty of water for its cooling effects during hot flashes and water replenishment after moisture loss due to perspiration.
Prescription medicines such as estrogen therapy (ET or ERT) and hormone replacement therapy (HRT or HT) replenish the hormones of estrogen and progestin to relieve the symptoms of primenopause. HRT is the most effective treatment and has been used for over sixty years. Some of the symptoms that will be greatly relieved are the hot flashes and night sweats. There are some side effects with both HRT and ERT. HRT side effects include: chronic liver disease, breast cancer, uterus cancer, and blood clots. ERT side effects may include: headache, vaginal discharge, breast tenderness, fluid retention, weight gain and nausea. There are also some associated risks that are involved with ERT, which include stroke, uterine cancer, gallstones, heart attack and ovarian caner (rare). Like all medications prior to beginning any new medication you are advised to consult your physician for all of the related details that may affect your health.
Alternative medicine includes herbs, vitamins and nutrients that are taken to relieve the unwanted symptoms of perimenopause. Some of the herbs that are widely known for menopause and primenopause relief are Hawthorne flower wild yams, black cohosh, soybeans and dong quai. These herbs and others can relieve symptoms such as fatigue, hot flashes, vaginal dryness and mood swings. Many of these herbs have estrogen like chemicals that interact with the bodies nerve system and hormone balance. These herbs are also used for the isoflavones and phytoestrogens that take the place of the estrogen lost in menopause. Vitamins such as B-12, elemental calcium, Vitamin D and Soy are all suggested in natural menopause treatment. These herbs and vitamins can react when mixed with certain substances so it is once again suggested to consult your physician for guidance on taking these natural menopause aids.
Along with the above treatment methods it is also suggested that menopausal women reduce their alcohol, caffeine and spicy food intake. All of these items can affect menopause symptoms especially hot flashes and night sweats. There are treatments available for both primenopause and menopause. It is just a matter of speaking with your physician to find which choice is best for you. Be sure to take a list of menopause symptoms with you to your doctor’s appointment so your doctor can be well informed of your concerns.