Home Remedies for Menopause

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Do you feel like that you have lost control of your body? Do you wake up in the middle of the night covered in sweat and immediately feel cold? Do you suddenly find yourself heating up from inside for no apparent reasons? Are experiencing a lot of memory lapses of late? If your answer is yes to all these questions, then the chances are there that you are about to enter or have already entered the phase called menopause.

What is Menopause?

Menopause is a biological process that marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle. There is no particular age when menopause actually starts. The average age of menopause is 51 and it usually occurs for about 12 months following the last menstrual period you had. Menopause also marks the end of your fertility period, which means the woman cannot become pregnant now. However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot be sexually active and healthy. A lot of women who have already crossed this period still enjoy great sex lives.

Stages of Menopause

A woman basically goes through three stages of menopause, such as perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause.

Perimenopause: In perimenopause phase, the woman gets a very irregular period, but the period has not stopped yet. She can become pregnant at this stage.

Menopause: In this stage, the menstrual period stops finally. The woman cannot become pregnant after this stage.

Postmenopause: The phase after 1 year of the final menstrual period is known as postmenopause phase.

Symptoms of Menopause

The average age of the onset of menopause in women is between 40 and 50 years. The signs of menopause are not that hard to miss. While some women don’t experience any unpleasant menopausal symptoms, others tend to experience some rather debilitating signs that usually begin during the pre-menopausal period and last for several years.

Some of the common symptoms of menopause are:

  • Changes in the menstrual cycle
  • Hot flashes
  • Loss of breast fullness
  • Vaginal dryness and vaginal atrophy
  • Frequent urination
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Reduced libido and painful intercourse
  • Sleeping disorders and insomnia
  • Weight gain
  • Night sweats
  • Skin/hair issues
  • Frequent mood swings, depression, etc.

Health Issues Related to Menopause

Menopause also causes many health-related complications to women in the long run. The drastic hormonal changes that occur in the body during this period can increase a woman’s vulnerability to several illnesses and diseases. Some of the more dangerous risks women are exposed to during menopause include heart diseases, cardiovascular disorders, osteoporosis, diabetes, sexual dysfunction and alarming weight gain (which, in turn, would lead to issues like obesity).

Home Remedies for Menopause

Sadly, there is no way you can escape menopause. You are bound to start experiencing the symptoms of this condition as you near the 40s. While there may not be any definite remedy to prevent it, there are some home remedies for menopause that would help you handle the symptoms of menopause easily.

Remedy 1: Black Cohosh

Several studies have indicated that black cohosh is one of the most effective herbs for menopause. Its use reduces the occurrence of hot flashes during menopause. Black cohosh has estrogen-like effects on the body and would help impact both the luteinizing hormone and the serotonin receptors that contribute to hot flashes in women. The herb is also safe to use and can be used regularly to treat hot flashes as well as other symptoms of menopause, such as vaginal dryness, mood swings, anxiety and depression.

What you need:

  • Black cohosh (tincture form) – ½ to 1 ml
  • Water – 1 glass
  • Lemon Juice – 2 to 3 drops

What you need to do:

  • Take 1 glass of water
  • Add ½ to 1 ml black cohosh to the water.
  • Add 2 to 3 drops of lemon juice to the water for taste.
  • Mix the ingredients nicely and drink the concoction.
  • Repeat this remedy at least 4 times a day during menopause to control hot flashes.

Note: Do not use black cohosh continuously. Follow this remedy for a period of 6 weeks. Follow it up with a 4-week break before resuming it again for the next 6 weeks. Follow this cycle for maximum benefits.

Remedy 2: Sage

Sage, also known as salvia officinalis, is an excellent natural remedy for menopause symptoms, including hot flashes and night sweats. The regular use of this herb can help reduce the occurrence of these symptoms by nearly 80%. There are several ways in which you can use sage to treat menopause, including these two.

Method I: Sage Tincture

Apart from treating menopause symptoms, sage also has healing properties that can easily take care of several other health ailments.

What you need:

  • Sage (tincture form) – 10 drops
  • Water – ½ cup

What you need to do:

  • Take ½ cup water and add 10 drops sage tincture to the water.
  • Mix well and drink this concoction.
  • Repeat this remedy twice every day to treat hot flashes and night sweats

Method II: Sage Tea

The sage leaves extract to contain astringent properties that help cool the body and prevent excessive sweating.

What you need:

  • Sage leaves – 1 tbsp
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Honey – 1 tsp

What you need to do:

  • Take 1 cup water and boil it nicely.
  • Add the sage leaves to it and let them steep in the boiled water.
  • Strain the mixture after about 5 minutes.
  • Add 1 tsp honey to the mixture and stir nicely.
  • Drink this tea every morning and night for a couple of weeks to treat the symptoms of menopause.

Remedy 3: Chaste Berry

Chaste berry is known as one of the best natural remedies for menopause. The berry helps restore the progesterone levels in the body, which in turn helps to reduce the symptoms of menopause considerably. Heavy bleeding is one of the most common symptoms of perimenopause. As such, the chaste berry is also considered as one of the best natural remedies for perimenopause.

What you need:

  • Chaste berry extract – 1 to 2 tsp
  • Water – 1 cup

What you need to do:

  • Take 1 cup water
  • Add 1 to 2 tsp chaste berry extract to the water.
  • Mix it nicely and drink the solution.
  • Repeat this remedy once every day to treat the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause effectively.

Remedy 4: Vitamin E Oil for Menopause

Vitamin EA daily dose of 800mg of Vitamin E can help reduce night sweats, hot flashes, vaginal dryness and mood swings during menopause to a great extent. While you can opt for Vitamin E supplements for the same purpose, external application of Vitamin E oil will also help to treat menopausal symptoms considerably.

What you need:

  • Vitamin E oil – 5 to 6 drops

What you need to do:

  • Take 5 to 6 drops of Vitamin E oil in your palm.
  • Gently apply the Vitamin E oil in and around the vaginal region with the help of your finger
  • . This will lubricate the area, thus treating vaginal dryness with ease.
  • Do this at regular intervals throughout the day for desirable results.

Note: Check with a doctor before taking Vitamin E supplements, especially if you suffer from conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes or blood clotting.

Remedy 5: Vitamin D for Menopause

Vitamin D is considered to be an essential nutrient for a healthy and active body. It is known that during menopause, the health condition of a woman drops considerably. Vitamin D prevents this from happening by strengthening the bones, balancing the hormone levels and promoting the normal cell growth. There are plenty of ways of taking Vitamin D (600 IU). A walk in the park on a sunny day will do just fine while Vitamin D supplements will also help. Alternatively, you can include Vitamin D-rich foods in your daily diet.

What you need:

  • Eggs, dairy products, tuna, sardines, wild salmon, etc., are rich in Vitamin D

What you need to do:

  • Make it a point to include these foods in your daily diet. Doing so will keep you healthy in addition to warding off the symptoms of menopause.

Remedy 6: Soy

SoybeansSoy is known to contain lots of phytoestrogen, which emulate the qualities of estrogen in the body. Hence, eating soy-based products regularly can help reduce menopause symptoms, such as vaginal dryness and hot flashes significantly. A daily intake of 60 mg of soy is all you need to handle menopause and its debilitating symptoms easily.

What you need:

  • Tofu – 200 to 250 gm

What you need to do:

  • Make it a point to add tofu to your daily diet.
  • A daily intake of 250 gm of tofu will provide 60mg of soy to your body to treat hot flashes and other menopause symptoms

[Also Read:Home Remedies To Get Rid of Vaginal Odor]

Remedy 7: Flax Seeds

Flax SeedFlax seeds also contain high levels of phytoestrogens that can help reduce the intensity of menopause symptoms considerably. The isoflavones present in the phytoestrogens help make this possible by balancing the hormone levels in the body.

What you need:

  • Flax seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Water – A glass

What you need to do:

  • Sundry 1 tbsp flax seeds for 2 to 3 days.
  • Grind the dried flax seeds to form a coarse powder.
  • Mix 1 tbsp of this powder in a glass of water and drink it every morning to get rid of the symptoms of menopause

Note: You can also sprinkle 1 tbsp of this powder to the cereal you eat every morning.

Remedy 8: Natural Oils

Sex during menopause can be quite painful and unsatisfying. This is where natural oils will come to your rescue. Oils are better than water soluble lubricants as they tend to trap the moisture better, keeping the vaginal region more elastic. You can opt for any natural oil including olive. You can also use baby oil for the same purpose.

What you need:

  • Olive oil, baby oil or any natural oil of your choice – 5 to 6 drops

What you need to do:

  • Prior to sex, take 5 to 6 drops of olive or any natural oil in your palm.
  • Gently rub the oil in and around the vaginal region.
  • Wash the area nicely after having intercourse.
  • Follow this remedy regularly to treat vaginal dryness and painful intercourse during

Note: Make sure you wash off the oil with warm water after intercourse. Even small traces of oil can lead to vaginal infections.

[Also Read:Vaginal Itching Home Remedies]

Remedy 9: Cold Drinks

Cold drinks can keep your body cool, thus warding off menopause symptoms like night sweats and hot flashes effectively. You can either drink cold water or fruit juices for the same purpose.

What you need:

  • Water – 8 to 10 glasses

(Or)

  • Fruit juices – 4 to 5 glasses

What you need to do:

  • Keep drinking cold water at regular intervals throughout the day.
  • If you prefer fruit juices, make sure you choose fruits that contain antioxidants to nourish your body (take apple or orange or grape juice).
  • Regular consumption of these cold drinks will keep your body cool throughout the day, thus will reduce the intensity of hot flashes.

Remedy 10: Milk

Hot Milk with ButterMenopause is known to cause insomnia and other sleep disorders as well. You can combat this with milk, which contains tryptophan. This amino acid contains mild, sedative properties that can help you sleep better.

What you need:

  • Warm milk – 1 Glass

What you need to do:

  • Make it a point to drink a glass of milk before going to bed at night.
  • Follow this remedy every night to sleep peacefully and get relief from night sweats.

Remedy 11: Cranberry Juice

Menopause can cause urinary tract infections. Cranberry juice can help prevent these conditions by making the urine more acidic and reducing the ammonia levels in the same. Drinking cranberry juice will also help reduce the bacterial levels in the urine, thus preventing urinary tract infections (UTI) to a great extent.

What you need:

  • Unsweetened cranberry juice – 2 to 3 glasses

What you need to do:

  • Drink a glass of cranberry juice at regular intervals throughout the day.
  • Also, ensure to urinate once every 2 hours or so to flush out the bladder of any harmful pathogens in it.
  • Follow this remedy regularly to prevent bladder and vaginal infections during menopause.

General Health Tips to Follow During Menopause

In addition to these home remedies, here are some general health tips that can keep you healthy and active during menopause.

Apply Moisturizer on Face and Body: Menopause can dry out your skin faster, causing flakiness. Apply some moisturizer on your face and body at least once every 5 hours or so throughout the day.

Wash your face with cold water in the night and apply a moisturizer to protect your skin even while you sleep.

Wear Light Cloth: Hot flashes can leave you all sweaty and grimy. Combat this with light clothing that is preferably made up of cotton. The airiness provided by natural fabrics will keep your body cool when you experience hot flashes.

Carry a Hand Fan Wherever You Go: You do not know when a hot flash will strike. So carry along a portable hand fan with you wherever you go.

Get Proper Sleep: Sleep deprivation is a common issue with menopause. In addition to drinking milk before hitting the bed every night, consider opting for other methods that will help you get sound sleep at night. Stay away from triggers like caffeine and alcohol that keep you awake. Dress up in layers if the night sweats make you feel cold. And try exercising vigorously an hour before you go off to sleep. These tips will definitely help you sleep better during at night during menopause.

Eat a Balanced Diet: Stay away from foods that would trigger hot flashes during menopause, including sugars, oils, and saturated fats, etc. Instead, opt for healthy foods that would nourish your body and keep it strong during this period. Include vegetables, fruits and whole grains in your daily diet.

Quit Smoking: Smoking is one of the main triggers of hot flashes in women during menopause. If you are getting frequent hot flashes, you may have to quit smoking to curb them. It brings down the occurrence of hot flashes by nearly 50%. So if you haven’t quit already, now is the time to do so to deal with menopause.

Exercise Religiously: Exercising is one of the ways to combat all those annoying hot flashes that occur during menopause. It makes your body weaker and more vulnerable. Exercising also helps protect your now vulnerable body from several conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis, etc. that become predominant with aging. So make it a point to exercise at least for 2 hours every day to remain healthy and fit during menopause.

Opt for Relaxation Techniques: Menopause can cause extreme mood swings. It can also cause anxiety attacks and depression. Consider turning to relaxation techniques to combat these conditions. Accordingly, you can opt for deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation exercises and body massages to relax your body and mind. This, in turn, will help you get relief from menopausal symptoms effectively.

So there you have it. These are some of the best-known home remedies for menopause. The tips also help you tackle the symptoms of menopause as you near your 40s. Remember, every woman has to go through menopause in her life. So there’s no beating around the bush with this one. All you can do is to keep your fingers crossed and follow these remedies religiously to sail through the period unharmed. All the best!

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