How To Handle Menopause Symptoms The Natural Way

Written by Dr. Ahmed Zayed
Herbal Supplements

The first thing that most people think of, after they’ve read the title of the article, is that it has been written for women and women only. That’s not true. Not at all.

This article’s main purpose is to help women ease or get rid of menopause symptoms by using menopause supplements.

Although that’s the point of the text below, even if you are a guy, it could be of use to read it. Your lady might need help and you might be the one with the knowledge.

So, without further explaining why this article is important as it is, what are the best herbal supplements for menopause symptoms, and who should read it and why, let’s dive into this topic right away.

We will start with the basics.

What is Menopause?

Menopause is a completely normal condition that all women will have to face. In that period of time, a woman’s body is undergoing some significant changes. Those changes are an indicator that a woman’s reproductive period is over.

The changes that happen in a woman’s body during that period can be used to fully explain what menopause is.So what changes?

According to this medical research[1], during this period, the balance of hormones changes drastically. Hormones regulate many processes in a human body and they are a very important factor when it comes to our health. That’s the reason why women often feel menopausal symptoms. We will talk about them later.

What is Menopause

This “change” usually happens in a woman’s mid-forties. I say “usually” because some factors may speed the process up, which isn’t normal. In that period, a woman’s body is producing less and less estrogen. Estrogen is a very important female sex hormone that regulates many functions in the body.

Because of those changes, women’s periods aren’t frequent anymore and eventually, they stop for good. That is a sign that a woman has entered her menopausal period. So, when a woman has had her last period, that means that she can no longer get pregnant.

Unfortunately, this natural change does not come that easily. Like I have said, it changes so much in the human body, but with a cause. That’s where menopausal symptoms come in. That’s why we will be talking about best herbal supplements for menopause symptoms as well.

What are Menopause Symptoms?

If you ask a woman, they are hell! If you ask me, I would take a less angry look at them. So, let’s check them out.

Menopause symptoms:

If you are experiencing some of these symptoms in your menopause, know that it is normal. Yes, it is annoying, but normal.

The most frequent symptom out of all of them – hot flashes. According to the previous research, 2/3 of women experience hot flashes in menopausal period of their life.

Menopause Symptoms

These symptoms are true, but unclassified and a little bit “all around”. Another research[2] was conducted on the same topic. This one shows 4 core menopausal symptoms:

1. Vasomotor symptoms
2. Vaginal symptoms
3. Insomnia
4. Mood

  • Vasomotor symptoms – These symptoms affect most women in their transitional period. When I say transitional, I mean of perimenopause to menopause period. That’s the time when hot flashes appear, however, they might stay even after.
  • Vaginal symptoms – Women’s sex organs change as well. As you can see from the previous list, vaginal dryness may occur. This, and other related problems, happen because the urogenital tissues are extremely sensitive to estrogen. So now that women have changed their estrogen levels drastically, it can get damaged.
  • Insomnia – Loss of sleep is normal for the older age. Menopause is just another push towards it. It may be due to stress, but even if it’s not, it can cause stress to happen.
  • Mood – You think women have escaped their mood swings while they are on a period. Guess again. You will always be tortured (if you’re a man) by your significant other’s mood swings, even in her menopause. It’s another normal body reaction to this period.

What can You Do to Ease the Symptoms?

It may seem like living hell, but there is a cure. Although it won’t get rid of the problem itself, it can ease it down to a bearable level. So let’s check those best herbal supplements for menopause symptoms.

These remedies are not coincidentally there. All of them are researched and proved. You can check the researches here[3], and here[4].

What are the Best Herbal Supplements to Alleviate Menopause Symptoms?

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These are your natural remedies for menopause symptoms:

1. Black Cohosh
This herb is probably the V.I.P member of this list. Scientists love this herb and have conducted literally dozens of researches on it. The ones that interest us, are right here[5].

In that research we can find out that black cohosh is not only good for your overall health, but effective when it comes to menopause symptoms as well. Black cohosh actually targets all 4 core menopause symptoms groups, and reduces them from 4 to 8 weeks, as we may see from the research mentioned above.

2. Soy
There has been evidence that soy may indeed help with menopause symptoms. There hasn’t been that much data collected considering soy, but there are solid reasons for us to believe that it provides necessary help with hot flashes and other symptoms.

Soy consumption has shown excellent cardiovascular benefits and hasn’t shown any side-effects, and that alone gives it a green light when it comes to menopause.

3. Red Clover
Red clover is kind of like soy. There hasn’t been that much data collected for this herb either. However, we do know that soy and red clover have almost identical chemical profiles. The only difference is that red clover has significantly higher levels of O-methylated isoflavones.

Most studies show that red clover can reduce hot flashes and other symptoms but not so effectively.

Other herbs worth mentioning:
4. Chaste Tree
5. Dong quai
6. Evening primrose
7. Motherwort
8. Ginkgo

Ginkgo

What is written here can be backed up by this medical research[6].

Conclusion

That would be all you need to know the best herbal supplement for menopause symptoms.

The mentioned herbs are commonly and regularly used nowadays. They are even recommended by some doctors.

Although they are all natural, consult with your doctor before you start using them.

If he gives you the green light for some of them, then give it a try.

All in all, menopausal symptoms can be treated using menopause supplements. I hope that this article gave you answers to all of your questions.

The last advice I would like to give you is this: Don’t use products with shady backgrounds. It doesn’t matter what’s written on the bottle. It doesn’t matter if they say that it works 100%. If it’s something you have never heard of, who knows what’s inside. Avoid those products and rely only on the natural remedies. Doctors are there to help you out with this.

Remember, natural remedies always beat these manufactured ones. There is no better cure!

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This Article Has Been Published on February 10, 2018 and Last Modified on December 7, 2018

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain Shams University. You can connect with him on Linkedin.

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