Common Symptoms of Menopause – What Are They and How To Treat Them

by Laura Ramirez on July 23, 2011

Common symptoms of menopause are those that affect most women. You can use this list of symptoms to determine if you’re in the beginning stages of menopause (called perimenopause) or if you’re already experiencing the change of life.ᅠ

It’s important to understand that women experience different menopause symptoms. If you haven’t had a period for 12 months or longer, you are probably post menopausal. The best way to know for sure is to go to a doctor and have your hormone levels checked. You can also order a saliva test kit yourself to determine where you are in terms of mid life change. The lab results that you’ll get after you mail in your saliva samples will let you know your status by providing the hormonal levels and what they indicate. Whatever the case, it’s important to know that you do not have to suffer with symptoms. There are many solutions, both pharmaceutical and natural, that work well for women, although some women do prefer to go through the transition without any help at all.

Common clinical manifestations of menopausal symptoms are:

changes in the menstrual cycle, cessation of periods

body’s seeming inability to regulate temperature: hot flashes, hot flushes and night sweats, often followed by chills – the body’s attempt to cool down after a hot flash.

palpitation and shortness of breath: chest discomfort, cardiac arrhythmia, tachycardia or bradycardia.

neuropsychiatric symptoms: menopause symptoms in two form: depression of the spirit and overexcitability. Despression of the spirit includes: feelings of hopelessness, insomnia, forgetfulness, paranoia; the other is the spirit of excitement: emotional instability, irritability, agitation, quarreling, fighting more, laughing and crying at inappropriate moments.…/A-woman-menopause-symptoms-what-does…

So how can women treat the most common symptoms of menopause? Take a daily B-complex vitamin and omega-3 fatty acids (for heart and brain health). Eat foods rich in phytoestrogens like soy, onions, tofu, sunflower seeds, etc. Chinese doctors also suggest that you eat foods to cool your Yang, like pears, oranges, tomatoes and watermelon. If you’re trying to cool yourself down, then they suggest that you do not eat spicy foods.

Other options include the use of synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (bHRT) which use the hormones of animals or plants respectively to balance female hormonal levels and reduce menopause symptoms as well as slow age-related decline that is associated with lower levels of estrogen and progesterone.

How about you? What lifestyle changes have you made to reduce menopausal symptoms? Feel free to leave your comments below.

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