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Natural Remedies For Menopausal Symptoms

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Natural Remedies For Menopausal Symptoms

You may have noticed that, although I’m a gynecologist, I haven’t written much about menopause on Owning Pink. This is intentional. You see, I’m always reluctant to write about something I haven’t experienced firsthand. I know men write with expertise and wisdom about childbirth and menopause, periods and vaginas, without experiencing any of these things. But I’ve always dug deep within when I write, so it’s harder for me to write about what I haven’t yet experienced.

But so many of you have asked for menopausal help that I’m gonna go for it! So if you’re experiencing menopausal symptoms, this post is my gift to you.

Menopausal women are like snowflakes.

Menopause really is different for every woman. Some sail through with few, if any, symptoms. Others feel like they’ve been possessed. It’s normal either way.

How do you know if you’re in menopause?

The average age of menopause in this country is 51, but it’s important to understand that perimenopause may start much sooner and may last anywhere from 5-15 years. While menopause is technically defined as the absence of a period for a year, perimenopausal symptoms may start long before that. And it’s not just hot flashes women suffer through. Many also experience heavy bleeding, headaches, weight gain, hair loss, and decreased libido. What some doctors may gloss over, though, are some of the cognitive factors. For example, you may feel perpetually forgetful, depressed or altogether NUTS! (The unscientific phrase we in the medical community use is “brain fog.”)

In addition to the premenopausal symptoms mentioned earlier, women going through menopause may suffer from:
•    Insomnia
•    Mood swings
•    Fatigue
•    Depression
•    Irritability
•    A racing heart
•    Joint and muscle aches and pains
•    Vaginal dryness
•    Bladder control problems
•    Increased/decreased clitoris sensitivity and responsiveness
•    Fewer orgasms
•    Decreased depth of orgasm
•    Pain or burning during intercourse

So what can you do about it?

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.  She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.  Lissa blogs at LissaRankin.com and also created two online communities - HealHealthCareNow.com and OwningPink.com. She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.

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4:01AM PDT on Oct 13, 2014

Black cohosh is among the most mainstream and longest-considered regular hot flash remedies for ladies who would prefer not to turn to hormone replacement or antidepressants to treat their menopause indications. Numerous ladies discover help from their menopause indications through acupuncture. Skeptics contend that needle therapy profits are absolutely the aftereffect of the placebo impact, however specialists affirm that needle therapy is a sensible option to hormone treatment for ladies experiencing menopausal depression and hot flashes. Yoga can likewise anothet alternative treatment for menopause to help calm peevishness and gloom brought on by menopause. Ladies report that yoga unwinding and extending methods help balance out their inclinations while enhancing their general prosperity.

6:32PM PDT on Sep 29, 2013

Great article, thanks!

3:43PM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

Thank you

11:32PM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

Thank you for posting and thank you everyone for sharing your personal experience...

5:52PM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

thanks but passed through without drama

1:06PM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

Interesting : my Mom is going through menopause and she experiences the worst insomnias and hot flashes. Thanks for the tips !

11:27AM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

THANK YOU

1:18PM PDT on Jun 17, 2011

Thank you

7:11PM PDT on May 8, 2011

this is me right now ,noted thx

10:59AM PDT on May 5, 2011

I'm 43 and haven't hit menopause yet, but my doctor is convinced I have because I always get hot in the overheated Drs office. And I've always been moody. Whatever!

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