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How To Make Menopause Less Miserable

By eHealthIQ
Reviewed: November 19, 2015

Menopause has a reputation for being a bad experience. Some women suffer more than others with menopausal symptoms. But you can do something to ease some of these symptoms and make your journey through the life experience of menopause easier to bear.

Lifestyle Changes

Healthy diet and exercise are can help many ailments, and menopause is no exception to that rule. The healthier you are, the better you seem to go through menopause. Reducing caffeine and spicy food consumption might also help some of the menopausal symptoms. It’s always a bad idea to smoke, so use menopause as a good reason to quit. Limiting the amount of alcohol you consume will also improve your general health and ease your menopausal symptoms.

Hormone Therapy

Hormone therapy uses replacement hormones to ease the symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, mood swings, and other menopausal discomforts. Estrogen and progesterone treatment, or bioidentical hormones, can help reduce the significant symptoms of menopause in many cases. Hormone replacement therapy is not the best choice for treating these symptoms, in the long run because the hormones have been linked to stroke, cancer and heart attack.

One of the most unpleasant side effects of menopause is vaginal atrophy and vaginal dryness. Hormonal interventions are available for vaginal dryness. Over the counter aids for this problem such as KY Jelly or Astroglide can help moisturize and make menopausal sexual intercourse more pleasant.


Some medications that were originally indicated to treat depression also relieve menopausal symptoms. They improve mood swing issues in many cases. Prozac, Paxil, and Effexor use have shown promise in reducing hot flashes as well as mood swings. Other prescriptions that may soothe your hot flashes are:

· Clonidine.

· Gabapentin.

· Paroxetine

· Duavee.

To discuss your best options for antidepressant use for menopausal symptoms, contact your health care provider.

Alternative Treatments

Some women choose dietary supplements to soothe their itching, hot flashes, and mood changes. Some alternative medicines have been shown to help with some of the issues menopausal women have, too.

Black cohosh is an herbal supplement that has been used for generations to treat menopausal and other feminine discomforts. It is extracted from the root of the black cohosh plant. Most notably, taking a supplement containing black cohosh seems to reduce hot flashes in some cases. Evening primrose oil has also been traditionally used as an herbal remedy for menopausal symptoms. The active ingredient in evening primrose oil is an omega-6 fatty acid. Some women have used acupuncture and meditation to help them through menopause. More research is needed to determine the safety of some of these practices. Be sure to check with your physician before taking supplements to prevent drug interactions or other problems that can occur with their use.



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