Other Options to Ease Menopause Symptoms
The following is a general guide on some measures women can take to overcome and/or manage the symptoms of menopause. They will not apply to the same degree for every woman but may provide some relief for you.
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It is possible to reduce symptoms of menopause with lifestyle:
- A healthy diet and supplementary vitamins generally help with fatigue and moodiness
- Being physically active, whether playing sports or simply walking around a museum or location you enjoy, can help hot flushes, stress and mood
- Relaxation and controlled breathing are calming for the body and may help hot flushes
- Practical strategies to stay cooler such as – carrying a hand fan, a facial water spray and wearing layers of clothing to peel off when you are hot
Complementary therapies including:
- Herbal and natural remedies: the herb black cohosh and eating phytoestrogens (e.g. soy, lentils) may help with hot flushes; St John’s Wort may help with mood changes at menopause. The safety and effectiveness of other herbal remedies is not yet proven
- Hormone replacement therapy (HRT): used mostly for up to 5 years to ease menopausal symptoms in healthy women. Risks and benefits should be considered and discussed when deciding with your doctor whether to use HRT
- If you cannot take HRT other medications such as antidepressants, serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) and anti-epileptic medicine can reduce hot flushes
- Look after your emotional health along with your physical health. Keep a record of the physical and emotional symptoms troubling you and list their frequency and effect on your daily life. This information can help to see what changes you can make to reduce their impact
- Depending on your symptoms, you may like to see a registered naturopath, psychologist, dietitian, exercise physiologist, sex-therapist, general practitioner, gynaecologist and/or endocrinologist (hormone specialist)