Menopause treatment is not intended to cure menopause itself- menopause is a natural stage of life that is inevitably going to affect females, generally, once she hits 45 to 50 years old. Although, that is not a restricted age range, some women may begin to notice certain menopausal signs and signals as early as 30 years old. The targets are the menopause-related symptoms that blatantly and obnoxiously accompany menopause.
Menopause symptoms are the salt in the wound, the kick to the face when you’re down, the ‘clogging the toilet at someone else’s house’ type thing. Just when you think things can’t get any worse, they do. In an attempt to think optimistically, wounds heal; you probably don’t get kicked in the face too often; bathrooms have a plunger; and, with patience and persistence, many menopause symptoms can be controlled, often with a simple treatment.
Menopause wouldn’t be so dreaded and exhausting if there were no prominent symptoms to battle. Menopause treatment is focused on stopping or lessening the impact of symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swings, irregular menstrual periods, and weight gain.
Menopause treatment includes:
- Hormone therapy – Pellets, patches, gel, cream and pills are effective in replenishing specific depleted hormones in the body.
- Antidepressants – low dose i.e. Fluoxetine, Prozac, Venlafaxine, and Zoloft.
- Neurontin – Used to treat seizures, but has been found to significantly reduce hot flashes.
- Bisphosphonates – Given to treat and/or prevent osteoporosis. These medications effectively reduce both bone loss and the risk of fractures.
- Vaginal estrogen. – Vaginal tablets, rings or creams are used to release estrogen in order to relieve vaginal dryness. These methods cause a release of a small amount of estrogen, which is then absorbed by the vaginal tissue. Discomfort with intercourse and some urinary symptoms will start to deplete once vaginal dryness is cured. Consider the use of lubricants. Remaining sexually active helps your overall health as well.
Along with all the patches, the pills, the tablets, the pellets, the gels, the creams, more pills, the rings and the creams and other sketchy thing you have to put up your vagina, there is a much simpler way to go about treatment. Changing your lifestyle, preferably before you have to, can make a huge difference on the amount and severity of symptoms you get. Some simple examples:
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, smoking and spicy foods.
- Dress lightly and in layers – aim for cotton. It lets the skin breathe.
- Eat soy foods.
- Take in calcium and vitamin D in food and/or supplements.
- Exercise! Exercise! Exercise!
- Perform Kegel exercises daily to strengthen the muscles of your vagina and pelvis. They weaken during menopause, which causes incontinence and leaking. Can even happen from a cough, sneeze, or laugh.
- Practice slow, deep breathing
- Remain sexually active
- Yoga (also adds to the benefits)
- Try relaxation techniques - meditation etc.
- Use water-based lubricants during sexual intercourse
Menopause treatment is a woman’s best friends. But of course, diamonds are a close second. If you haven’t begun the transition into menopause yet then you should down the diamonds and make use of the functioning, healthy privileged body because before you know it you’re going to be old and brittle, regretting all the things you didn’t do. Menopause is hard on many women, it is a sign that their youth is gone and their body is “not what it used to be”.