With continuing uncertainty over the safety of long term use of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), many women are seriously considering either coming off it or avoiding taking it altogether. However, finding a safe and effective replacement can be very confusing. So what can you do to escape the Menopausal Maze?
If you wish to come off HRT it is advisable to discuss this with your healthcare practitioner first and to plan the best way to stop.
Recent research suggests a gradual transition over three to four months is best. If you stop instantly you run the risk of developing severe symptoms. Also, remember to wait until you completely stop the HRT before introducing any other hormonal remedies.
If once you transition off of HRT your menopause symptoms return, you may want to consider a natural remedy for menopause. To decide which remedies would best suit your needs, check out our product recommendations below:
- Hot flashes/night sweats : A.Vogel Menopause 1-a-day *
- Hot flashes/night sweats, mood swing, depression, aches and pains, vaginal dryness: tincture of Black Cohosh*
- Lethargy, stress, loss of libido, vaginal dryness : Siberian Ginseng* & Avenaforce
- Stress, anxiety, mood swings : Avenaforce, Passion flower, Anti-stress
- Prevention of osteoporosis: Calcium Absorber – Urticalcin
* These remedies are not recommended if you have had or are having treatment for any hormonally induced cancer. Also check with your doctor or healthcare practitioner for any contraindications.
Lifestyle Tips to Ease Menopause
There are also many simple things you can do for yourself to ease and better manage menopause symptoms including eating a balanced diet, exercise, and overall health management.
- Eat a well-balanced, wholesome diet and don’t miss meals – low blood sugar levels can trigger hot flashes!
- Ensure that you have regular bowel movements (at least one a day) – constipation can be a major factor in causing hot flashes!
- Drink plenty of fresh water – at least a litre and a half.
- Take regular exercise – a brisk half hour walk a day can work wonders!
- Deal with stress. Stress causes the release of chemicals that promote hot flashes!
- Take a mineral supplement. Your local health food store will be able to advise you on a good quality one.
- Drink coffee or other caffeinated drinks. These are a real no-no for menopause. Enjoy herbal teas instead – nettle is wonderful for hot flashes; drink a couple of cups a day.
- Smoke. No need to say more!
- Drink alcohol. If you must have the occasional drink, go for organic wine.
Q & A’s
Q. I don’t have any menopausal symptoms despite my periods gradually disappearing. What should I take?
A. Lucky you! This is the way it is supposed to be! Maintain your diet and lifestyle and add in a Vitamin E supplement and Calcium Absorber – Urticalcin to help prevent osteoporosis. If you do start to experience any symptoms, consider the remedies listed above.
Q. I am 65 and still experiencing flashes and irritation. What can I take?
A. If you are over 65 or your menopause started more than 10 years ago it is more than likely that your own hormone levels have tailed off and that, if you are experiencing what looks like menopausal symptoms it may, in fact, indicate adrenal stress. A hormonal remedy such as A.Vogel Menopause or Black Cohosh is unlikely to work. Try A.Vogel Stinging Nettle, a vitamin B complex – such as Bio-Strath- and a magnesium supplement. If you feel stressed or anxious take Avenaforce or Passion Flower too.