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:
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.
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.