Although menopause has common symptoms, women go through different experiences. It can vary from severity to duration of symptoms.
Changes in estrogen levels can bring simultaneous effects that can worsen the experience. However, modernization of medicine has provided some options for menopause cures.
What are the common symptoms?
Hot flashes. A common symptom experienced by almost 75 percent of women undergoing menopause. It is described as a sudden warm sensation felt all over the body that causes flushing or redness on the face and upper body. This symptom is mainly caused by decreasing estrogen levels.
Vaginal dryness. When your estrogen level drops, the vaginal ability to lubricate decreases. The lining of the vaginal area then loses its moisture and elasticity. This may lead to itching, irritation and infection. This symptom is often associated with emotional disturbance due to loss of libido.
Mood swings. Female hormones affect the levels of serotonin in the brain. This chemical is responsible for most of our emotions and manipulates mood. The rise and fall of female hormones leads to rapid mood changes commonly known as ‘mood swings’. Some describe it as a roller-coaster experience.
What are the treatments available?
There are many medicine-related debates on what to take for menopause. Alternative medicine also has an opinion regarding the most effective cure.
Estrogen supplements. Most doctors prescribe hormone therapy since most of the symptoms are associated with decreasing levels of estrogen. Depending on your medical history, your doctor might prescribe low dose estrogen drugs to relieve menopausal symptoms. Hormone therapy can also prevent bone loss and may benefit your heart.
Low-dose anti-depressants. Aside from helping with mood disorders, low-dose antidepressants help decrease hot flashes. This is also preferred for women who can’t take estrogen supplements for health reasons.
Medication for osteoporosis. Because menopausal women are at risk for bone loss, doctors also recommend taking calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures. Changes in estrogen levels can cause calcium deficiency that can also cause joint pains.
Phytoestrogen herbs. Alternative medicine mostly recommends herbal treatments because of its natural approach and less side effects. Phytoestrogen herbs contain compounds that act as estrogen in humans. Some examples are black cohosh, ginseng, and red clover. They are all believed to decease menopausal symptoms.