Alternative Approaches to Menopause Relief
Menopause is something that all women experience at some point in their adult life, which can make it frustrating to consider how treatment options have remained so limited for so many years. While the severity of symptoms vary on a case-by-case basis, many women can agree that the mood swings, hot flashes, and symptoms of vaginal atrophy–whether severe or mild–can cause disruption in everyday activities. For these reasons and more, many women are searching for a treatment option that proves safe and effective for relief from these potentially debilitating symptoms.
For years, health care professionals nation-wide executed a one-size-fits-all treatment plan for women going through menopause: hormone supplementation. By administering hormone therapy to women whose bodies were no longer producing significant levels of estrogen, doctors and researchers believed they had found the cure-all for menopause.
However, in 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative conducted clinical trials that led them to conclude that one of the most popular forms of hormone replacement therapy, (a combination of estrogen and synthetic progesterone) increased a woman’s risk of heart disease, stroke, certain types of cancer and blood clots.
While there has since been progress made (for instance, we now know that transdermal administration of estrogen with or without progestin is considered safer than oral administration), there is an undeniable call for more research. Any hormone treatment must be based on the individual case at hand and prescribed at the lowest possible effective dose for that individual. Other non-hormonal remedies have also been examined by healthcare professionals, but the scientific research behind these methodologies is still unclear.
For these reasons, many women are seeking a more natural approach to treating their more acute menopause symptoms. Some of these non-hormonal remedies include regular exercise and acupuncture, while many women found relief from increasing their daily intake of soy products and other fortified foods.
At Health Concerns, we have a variety of formulas that can help women address a variety of symptoms surrounding healthy aging and menopause maintenance. These formulas include: