Combat menopausal symptoms naturally

Beschwerden der Wechseljahre natürlich bekämpfen

In addition to the first period, the transition from a girl to a sexually mature woman, the menopause is another formative phase in women's lives: they "lose" their fertility, their hormone levels fluctuate and a new phase of life begins. However, this is often associated with many annoying symptoms. More than two thirds of women are affected by it. In this guide, you will find all the important information on the topic of menopause and also how you can naturally combat any symptoms.

Menopause

Every woman, without exception, goes through menopause at some point in her life. At birth, it is already determined that the supply of eggs is not infinite, but limited. Between the ages of 40 and 50, the ovaries slowly stop producing eggs. The female hormone balance drops. The hormonal fluctuations trigger symptoms that are typical of menopause.

The very last cycle of a woman is called menopause. On average, a woman is about 51 years old at this point. From this point on, she can no longer become pregnant because the reserve of eggs has been used up. But even after this, menopausal symptoms can still occur because the body must first adjust to the reduced hormone balance. With a hormone test at the doctor, you can easily determine whether your menopause has already begun.

Hormonal changes

When menopause begins, changes in the female hormone balance set in at the same time. The production of female sex hormones is gradually reduced due to the dwindling egg reserve. The monthly cycle becomes irregular and ovulation repeatedly fails to occur. This leads to a progesterone deficiency, while estrogen levels remain relatively constant. It can also be the case that the mucous membrane of the uterus is particularly heavily built up, which means that some women suffer from very heavy bleeding at the onset of menopause. Only later does the estrogen level also drop until it too is reduced to a minimum. The imbalance of hormones or a hormone deficiency leads to cycle irregularities, hot flashes and mood swings. While estrogen and progesterone fall during menopause, the levels of other hormones rise: the pituitary gland secretes FSH and LH to stimulate the ovaries to produce hormones again. If your doctor notices an increase in FSH levels in your blood, this is an indication that you are going through menopause.

The phases of menopause

As mentioned above, the hormone levels change during the menopause, which can cause various symptoms. The menopause can therefore be divided into different phases, which are explained in more detail below:

Premenopause

Premenopause refers to the entire fertile phase of a woman until the onset of menopause. As the hormone progesterone decreases while estrogen concentrations initially remain constant, the first symptoms appear and menopause begins.

Perimenopause

In this second phase, estrogen production also decreases. Menstruation becomes significantly more irregular. Hormone production continues to decrease until it stops completely. Typical menopausal symptoms can now become increasingly noticeable.

menopause

Menopause is the last menstrual period that is initiated by the ovary. The average age for this is 51 years. This point can be determined retrospectively after the first absence of a period for 12 months.

Postmenopause

The menopause also marks the beginning of the last phase, which is also known as postmenopause. The body now needs a few years to adjust to the low hormone levels. Symptoms and menopausal complaints are often still clearly noticeable. However, they reduce over time.

Topic: Contraception

There is still a chance of becoming pregnant during the menopause, although the probability is significantly lower. Therefore, if you want to be sure that you are not getting pregnant, you should continue to use contraception. Your gynecologist can also advise you on a suitable method of contraception and explain how long you need to use contraception. It is generally said that you can stop using contraception for a year after your last period, assuming that your cycle is natural and not caused by taking hormones (through therapy or a contraceptive method).

Menopause in men?

In men, the phenomenon of menopause does not exist in this sense. They do not experience any changes in their hormone levels in middle age, as the testicles produce sufficient male sex hormones throughout their lives and a testosterone deficiency is almost impossible. They, on the other hand, tend to experience a life crisis between the ages of 45 and 65. The reason for this is usually fundamental changes in their private life (e.g. job or family) and also the initial signs of aging. This can cause menopausal-like symptoms.

Symptoms

First of all, it must be established that menopause is not an illness, but simply a normal phase of a woman's life. However, the hormonal changes affect the entire body and can cause various symptoms, the severity and duration of which can vary from woman to woman. Two thirds of women experience these impairments, and in one third of them they are even severe. The following symptoms are typical:

  • Hot flashes

  • sleep disorders

  • Weight gain

  • Heart palpitations/ inner restlessness

  • Joint pain

Natural treatment

Since menopause is not an illness, it does not necessarily need to be treated. However, since many women suffer from severe symptoms due to menopause, it makes sense to treat the symptoms. From a medical point of view, hormone therapy is available, but this does have some side effects. Therefore, it is not necessary to resort to this, but it can also be treated with the help of a variety of herbal active ingredients and additionally supported by a healthy lifestyle.

Monk's pepper

Chasteberry, in Latin Vitex agnus-castuus, belongs to the verbena family. Its name comes from the Middle Ages. The plant was used by monks in the monastery as a cheap pepper substitute and was also intended to serve as a means of dampening their urges and lust. Chasteberry has also been used since ancient times to treat women's ailments and is a widely used and valued remedy among women. Studies have shown that the pepper can also help with menopausal symptoms. In a double-blind study conducted with a placebo group in Israel, scientists found that chasteberry could actually help women with menopausal symptoms. These were even significantly reduced by taking the appropriate preparations in the study.

Sweet clover

Sweet clover comes from Europe and Asia. Its botanical name "Melilotus" is derived from the Greek word "meli" for honey, as it is a popular food for bees. They are attracted by the sweet scent that the flowers spread and enjoy the high nectar content of the plants. The famous Greek doctor Hippocrates discovered its special healing properties for humans in ancient times. He used the plant mainly for ointments and dressings to relieve joint problems, rheumatism or bruises. As a result, sweet clover developed over time into a respected medicinal plant and is now widely used and very popular for external and internal use. It can also be used to treat menopause, as it contains phytohormones that can relieve the classic symptoms of menopause.

Fenugreek

Fenugreek originates from the Mediterranean and Western Asia and spread from there to many parts of the world. Its Latin name is "Trigonella foenum-graecum", which can be translated literally as "Greek hay". This suggests that the clover was used to feed animals. But the healing effects of the plant on humans were already evident in ancient times. In addition to its function as a medicinal plant, fenugreek is now also a popular spice for many different dishes in Asian cuisine and is an integral part of many curry mixtures. Fenugreek contains phytohormones that can be used to relieve the typical symptoms caused by hormonal fluctuations.

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Conclusion

Even though it still seems to be a taboo subject, menopause is a completely normal phase of life that every woman goes through. Around the time of menopause, women's hormone levels suddenly change. This can cause some symptoms that can extend over the period of several years during which menopause occurs. However, these symptoms are not always the same and vary from woman to woman. In addition, not all women are affected by the symptoms. While two thirds experience moderate to severe symptoms, around a third of women experience menopause without any symptoms.

Typical symptoms:

  • Hot flashes

  • sleep disorders

  • Weight gain

  • Inner restlessness & heart palpitations

  • Joint pain

Natural ways to treat menopausal symptoms:

  • Sweet clover

  • Fenugreek

  • Monk's pepper

Important: This guide is intended as a source of information only. Always consult your doctor if you have acute problems. Under no circumstances should you change the dosage of your medication or stop taking it yourself.

Sources

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