As women age, there is a decline in estrogen which eventually triggers perimenopause or the onset of menopause. With these hormonal changes, a woman’s body experiences many different fluctuations and a variety of menopause symptoms begin to manifest themselves.
One symptom which is often present in menopausal women is hot flashes. While hot flashes alone pose no health threat, they can be extremely uncomfortable and create other problems such as loss of sleep due to night sweats. Night sweats are simply hot flashes that occur at night. Unfortunately, night sweats can sometimes be so severe that a woman will wake up completely drenched in sweat. Her pajamas and bedding are often soaked, which means getting up to change everything and then usually resulting in difficulty going back to sleep. This continual interruption of the sleep cycle along with the other menopausal symptoms can be difficult for some women to manage.
There have been many concerns raised regarding the use of various hormone replacement therapies and many women are looking for ways to manage their menopausal symptoms naturally. Fortunately, there are some very effective remedies which can help alleviate some of the more troublesome symptoms.
Black cohosh and flaxseed have both been shown to help reduce the severity of hot flashes and night sweats, while ginseng and St. John’s wort can help with mood swings and some of the minor bouts of menopausal depression some women experience.
Another type of supplement that should be considered for use by every woman as she enters menopause is calcium. Calcium is necessary to maintain good bone health, which begins to decline with the lowered estrogen levels associated with menopause. In addition to calcium, vitamin D is essential because it is necessary to help the body absorb the calcium. While vitamin D is a naturally occurring vitamin, most people do not get enough exposure to sunlight to produce adequate amounts of this crucial vitamin. In fact, vitamin D deficiency has become epidemic in the U.S. and abroad.
When looking at natural menopause treatment options to relieve the symptoms of perimenopause or menopause, be sure to discuss the various options with your doctor. Even natural remedies can interfere with medications you are taking.