Traditional and Alternative Menopause Treatments

Traditional Menopause Treatments

By traditional menopause treatments, I am referring to treatments prescribed by your medical practitioner.

My goal here is to briefly outline some of the main medical menopause treatments available. I will explore these in more detail in another section.

When a woman is in peri menopause a doctor may suggest birth control pills particularly if you are having problems with very heavy, frequent or unpredictable menstrual periods. Birth control pills will make your periods more regular and may also help with menopause symptoms like hot flashes.

However, birth control pills can mask the arrival of menopause. If you are taking the pill for menopause symptom relief, you can stop taking it for awhile and see if you start having regular menstrual periods again. This can become a problem if you are already taking the pill as a contraceptive.

Of course, for menopause your doctor may suggest you take the most commonly prescribed medication for balancing hormones and menopause symptom relief, hormone replacement therapy or HRT. Hormone replacement therapy usually involves taking a combination of estrogen plus progestin.

HRT can be taken in many forms: pills, skin patches, creams, or vaginal inserts depending on the woman. HRT may relieve the symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and help reduce bone loss, but hormone replacement therapy does have its risks.

Alternative Menopause Treatments

By alternative menopause treatments, I am referring to menopause treatments suggested by a naturopath, homeopath and the many natural nutritional supplements available that are effective in menopause symptom relief.

Again, my goal here is to briefly outline some of the main alternative menopause treatments or natural menopause treatments available for menopause. I will explore these in more detail in another section.

These natural products available for menopause symptom relief contain phytoestrogens or estrogen-like substances. These are found in cereals, vegetables, legumes and herbs.

Soy, wild yam, black cohosh, red clover, evening primrose oil, bilberry and dong quai are foods and herbs that contain phytoestrogens which may relieve symptoms of menopause naturally.

For the most part herbal remedies used as menopause treatments are safe. Herbal sources are even used in the manufacture of some of the traditional menopause treatments such as estrogen and progesterone.

Small plant compounds can produce the desired effects of estrogen and progesterone in a woman’s body, particularly if her symptoms are not too severe.

In the U.S. the limited scientific studies carried out using herbal remedies to treat menopause symptoms have been encouraging. In Germany 70% of physicians prescribe herbal remedies to treat the symptoms of menopause. A recent study done in the UK shows many women are seeking natural alternatives for hormone replacement therapy.

I will tell you why, because STUDIES have shown estrogen with progesterone in proper levels won’t, WON’T cause breast cancer. Estrogen unopposed will cause breast cancer.

Remember the women’s health initiative study that stirred the medical community and rocked the pharmaceutical company’s profits?

Well that study proved that synthetics caused more cancer problems and a whole host of other problems. Now, if the essential sex hormones were the culprits, we would all have cancer at an early age. Let’s look at our food supplies and pollution consumption.

Yes consumption. Our foods are laden with pesticides and herbacides, the air we breath contains pollutants; these become weak estrogens. Our meat industry continues to pump estrogen into the meats to enlarge them for more profit.

Now, you combine these two estrogenic consumed products- you have too much estrogen without the opposing progesterone.

Estrogen tells cells to multiply where as progesterone tells the cells to stop and “get on with their appointed job”. Without progesterone, estrogen will have free reign and begin to tell the cells to continue to multiply, they won’t stop until told.

Synthetic hormones won’t help because the body only recognize bodily identical hormones in order for them to be of any use, any thing else will be stored in the fat cells–INDEFINITELY!

The medical community’s answer for taking care of the unopposed estrogen is to take out the ovaries! You take out the ovaries you take out the main source of progesterone. Now, the women will have low to no progesterone output stopping the natural function of estrogen.

Estrogen happily continues to tell the cells to multiply. The medical community is still baffled and prescribes synthetic estrogen and PROGESTIN (not the same as progesterone) causing more problems: more estrogen and synthetics will now be stored in the fat cells.

AAHHHH! I don’t need to watch horror shows, I read medical information!

Menopause Treatments

Every day about 4,000 women enter menopause. It is a natural biological event when a woman finds herself free of PMS, menstruation and birth control issues.

As women we could gladly welcome this time of her life with excitement, but for all too many women the menopause symptoms that typically follow – hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, fatigue, foggy thinking, weight gain, insomnia – often bring nothing but physical and emotional stress.

Thus, these problems raise the necessity of finding effective menopause treatments.

The subject of menopause treatments is actually a topic that is very broad.

By saying menopause treatments it may sound as if we are treating a disease, but what we are really discussing are treatments that will help reduce the impact of symptoms during menopause and treatments that will support a woman through all the phases of menopause.

The ultimate goal is to arrive at the second stage of your life in good health.

This discussion of treatments for menopause falls into two categories: traditional menopause treatments and alternative treatments. Whichever category of treatment a woman chooses, traditional menopause treatments or alternative menopause treatments, is really up to her, along with the advice of a health care professional.

As we have said previously, menopause occurs due to the declining levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone causing changes in your monthly menstrual cycle. These hormones are important for keeping the vagina and uterus healthy.

Estrogen also helps keep bones healthy and helps a woman maintain a good cholesterol level in her blood. So the aim of any menopause treatments is to aid a woman’s body in finding the right balance as hormone levels decrease.

The discussion of menopause treatments is important as well because even though menopause is not a disease, a woman is at greater risk of experiencing two serious health challenges after menopause: Osteoporosis and Heart Disease, if she does not seek some treatment in this phase of her life.

As we go through menopause, the changes in our body related to osteoporosis and heart disease can occur unnoticed:

Osteoporosis

Our body is always breaking down old bone and replacing it with new healthy bone. However, for women in menopause the loss of estrogen causes more bone to be lost than is replaced, and this loss of bone tissue can weaken our bones and cause osteoporosis.

When too much bone is lost, bones become thin and weak and can break easily. Many women do not know they have weak bones until they break a wrist, hip or spine bone (vertebrae). Doctors can test bone density to find out if a woman is at risk for osteoporosis.

Heart Disease

The risk of heart disease may increase for women due to age, increased weight, high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, high homocysteine levels in the blood, and lifestyle choices like smoking, poor nutrition, lack of exercise.

However, after menopause a woman’s risk of heart disease is almost the same as a man’s because estrogen acts as a guard in the cardiovascular system against heart disease, and as the level of estrogen decreases the guard is reduced.

Menopause Symptoms

Menopause, what is it? What are the symptoms? What treatments are effective? Hormone replacement therapy – synthetic or natural? Etc.

These are all questions facing the 40 million women of the “Baby Boom” generation who are heading into this time of their life.

Menopause symptoms and menopause itself usually occurs between the ages of 40 and 55 years and the whole process usually takes from two to five years. It is a time of transition and readjustment for a woman, ending her reproductive years and beginning a new phase of life.

The term menopause comes from two Greek words that mean “month” and “to end.” This translates as “the end of the monthlies.” The medical definition of menopause is the absence of menstruation for 12 months.

Menopause symptoms actually begin with the transitional phase called peri menopause or pre menopause. Gradually your ovaries cease producing eggs and your periods become less frequent and eventually stop.

So as this phase begins your estrogen and progesterone levels begin to decline, and this can begin to happen as early as your 30’s. This phase can last anywhere from two to fifteen years, but for most women it lasts about four years, and typically peri menopause begins around age 47.

For some women the peri menopause symptoms can be more intense than actual menopause because during this period the levels of estrogen and progesterone may fluctuate irregularly.

So menstrual periods become irregular, PMS can become heightened, you start to experience night sweats and even hot flashes. For some lucky women the symptoms of peri menopause are more subtle and gradual.

The good news is that when you transition from peri menopause to true menopause the PMS symptoms cease because the estrogen and progesterone levels have lowered and stabilized at a constant.

Although estrogen levels begin to decline in our 30’s, most symptoms of menopause probably won’t really become noticeable until our mid to late 40’s, a few years before menopause.

For some women the symptoms of menopause are subtle and gradual, but for others, the symptoms of menopause are more acute and they can become intolerable.

Here is a list of the major symptoms of menopause:

  • Hot Flashes
  • Night Sweats
  • Sleep Disturbances – Insomnia
  • Menstrual Irregularities
  • Pre-menstrual Like Symptoms
  • Vaginal Changes
  • Changes In Sex Drive
  • Changes In Urinary Function
  • Changes In Skin Tone And Texture
  • Aching Joints and/or muscles
  • Heart Palpitations – Rapid Heartbeat
  • Mood Swings
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Increased Appetite and Weight Gain

These are only the main symptoms of menopause. There are many more symptoms of menopause, some of which you wouldn’t necessarily associate with menopause. Read on and I will explore all these menopause symptoms in more detail.

There are natural and healthful solutions to help you deal with menopause symptoms.

There are natural products available to help support your body as it goes through the natural process of menopause, and these can help you regain your natural hormone balance and continue to move into the next part of your life with energy and vitality.

Some Popular Choices in Penis Enlargement Products

One type of item that will more than likely never lose its spot in the spotlight among more individuals every single year is various types of penis enlargement products. For one reason or the other, there always has been and always will be men that feel as if their penis size is not adequate enough to please their partner. When a male feels insecure about his manhood, it is not at all uncommon for other problems to begin forming such as self-esteem problems and even depression. While some men go on about their lives and accept the size penis they were born with, there are others who will at some point begin doing research on all of the available products and treatments that can be of benefit to them and their partner.

Some people are surprised when they realize that there are so many different options that are available to them in the area of penis enlargement products. Not only are there several types of devices that are sold on the market such as penis or vacuum pumps, but there are also a variety of different natural herbal products, exercising techniques, dermal implants and surgical procedures that can be chosen as well.

Some of the options are intended for temporary results and have proven to be very effective for approximately 24 hours, and then there are other options that will last the rest of a man’s life. These however involve invasive surgical procedures, which of course include dangerous risks factors and harmful side effects.

Before an individual makes the choice of going through surgery or having a dermal implant inserted, it is strongly suggested to exhaust all other options first. There are some herbal products that have went through research and study projects and have been found to work very well when used as a penis enlargement product. Natural herbal supplements, as well as a variety of exercise techniques that men can do are 100% natural. They also do not cause the fear and worry that is often caused with harmful side effects or drug interactions that can occur when prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines, and other options are used.

To learn detailed information about each option for enlarging the penis, the Internet is a valuable source of helpful information. You will find countless websites that are very descriptive in specific herbs to take for the most effectiveness, instructions on how to perform penis enlargement exercises, and detailed information about implants and surgical procedures.

Through various research projects and studies that have been conducted, there are three main natural ingredients that have shown to be the most effective natural penis enlargement supplements.

  • Ginkgo Biloga Leaf – This is a natural herb that helps a great deal in strengthening the walls of blood vessels within the body, which in turn increases the flow of red blood cells in and around the penile area. In cases of impotence that is not caused from medical problems, various medical studies that have been performed show that this herb is effective for providing improvement.
  • Epimedium Leaf Extract – Another common name that many people know this extract by is ‘Horny Goat Weed’, which is due to the aphrodisiac effect that it can cause. The effects of this plant are similar to the prescription medication known as Viagra, but its effects are milder and it does not cause the harmful side effects that are associated with drugs like Viagra. Epimedium leaf extract allows for increased levels of blood flow in the penile tissues. This in turn causes an expansion of the genitals.
  • Asian Red Ginseng – This is an herbal substance that has been used in China for numerous years and works much like the other two herbal substances listed above. Through medical research and studies recently performed in Korea, results have shown that Asian red ginseng is a natural and safe way to increase the brain and the penile tissue blood flow. It is also used for benefits that it can provide in the prevention of premature ejaculation, stopping impotence, and helping to normalize a person’s blood pressure.

As with any other type of over-the-counter medications or prescription form drugs, it is best to speak with your family health care provider before you begin taking any type of natural penis enlargement supplements.