Menopause officially occurs when a woman hasn’t had her period for 12 straight months, but prior to this, women go through perimenopause for months to years as their periods naturally stop. During this time of great hormonal change, it is common to experience symptoms such as irregular periods, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, weight gain, and more.
Here are some natural remedies that may help ease your menopause symptoms!
Black cohosh is a herb that is often used to help regulate your mood and allow you to sleep more. It is available in many supplements, and some experts recommend taking 40 mg twice a day, but consult your doctor before taking any major steps in order to understand what is best for you. Some studies show that the herb can reduce night sweats and hot flashes as well.
Wild Yam has been used as alternative medicine for centuries as a treatment for PMS and menopause symptoms, because it has estrogen-like compounds. Some studies have shown that wild yam creams can reduce hot flashes and mood changes. If you have pre-existing hormonal conditions, make sure to consult your doctor before making any significant changes to your wellness routine.
Vitex Agnus-Castus, or the chasteberry has been used for many centuries as a herbal supplement that can ease PMS and menopause symptoms such as better mood and sleep along with reduced night sweats and hot flashes. In some studies, women report having fewer menopause symptoms, but a few have not had significant results.
Relaxing Aerobic exercises such as yoga can help you practice stress relief and improve your mood. Yoga also has breathing exercises within it, which can help you sleep better and more consistently.
Some experts recommend applying Vitamin E oil to your vagina to improve lubrication and reduce itchiness or dryness. Magnesium is also commonly recommended as most women have some form of magnesium deficiency and using it as a supplement may reduce hot flashes and improve mood and sleep.
Many experts suggest acupuncture to relieve pain and headaches, and some studies have found that it reduces hot flashes and night sweats. Many feel calmer and more relaxed after trying acupuncture as well, which can improve your mood and aid in stress relief.
Soy contains phytoestrogens, which are plant-derived compounds that have a similar structure and function to actual estrogen in the body. Therefore, soy may help increase estrogen levels in the body, which can be especially beneficial during menopause as estrogen levels are supposed to significantly decrease. Soy found in tofu and soy milk can help reduce hot flashes and night sweats. However, it is important to remember that soy is not recommended for all, especially if you have conditions such as estrogen dominance, so please check with your doctor about whether it is the right treatment for you.