The Women’s Wellness center at Gentle Wellness Centers provides a comfortable environment for talking about menopause. While bioidentical hormone replacement can be an effective medical treatment for menopause symptoms, it has risks, too. Our Women’s Wellness experts will help you cope with this natural change of life through alternative menopause treatments and other options.

Common Symptoms of Menopause

Are you going through menopause? Symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal changes
  • Irregular uterine bleeding
  • Irregular periods
  • Mood swings and depression
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Insomnia
  • Low sexual desire
  • Weight gain
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Headaches
  • Heart palpitations
  • Headaches

Natural Menopause Treatments

The following natural remedies have proven successful in relieving menopause symptoms. You should talk to your clinician before taking supplements or herbs because they may interfere with other medications you are taking, and they may cause allergic reactions.

  • Take Dietary Supplements and Botanicals
    • Calcium is necessary to prevent bone loss after menopause; it’s best obtained from food and dairy products (milk, cheese) but supplements are available
    • Vitamin D promotes hormone balance, healthy bone renewal and normal cell growth; you can get Vitamin D from foods (sardines, salmon, tuna, fortified dairy products and eggs), dietary supplements (multivitamin or Vitamin D capsules) or a walk in the sun (with sunscreen, of course)
    • Vaginal dryness can be treated by applying Vitamin E oil to the vagina; this remedy increases lubrication and may help relieve hot flashes
    • Black cohosh, derived from a plant in the buttercup family, is a popular natural remedy for hot flashes, depression and regulating body temperature
    • Flaxseed and flaxseed oil may help relieve mild menopause symptoms and hot flashes in some women
    • Soy food and supplements have been found to be effective in relieving hot flashes
    • St. John’s Wort, a popular herb derived from a flowering plant, is used to treat menopausal mood swings, depression, anxiety and insomnia
    • Ginseng’s health benefits have been known for 5,000 years; it helps to treat the fatigue, stress and anxiety caused by menopause
  • Enjoy an Acupuncture or Massage Therapy Session
    • Acupuncture is an alternative menopause treatment that helps ease depression and hot flashes
    • Massage therapy releases endorphins, which help us feel good, and it relieves stress and headaches
  • Try Yoga, Aerobic Exercise and Deep Breathing
    • Yoga is helpful in treating menopausal irritability, mood swings and depression, while promoting a feeling of general well-being
    • Regular exercise is known to reduce irritability and insomnia
    • Deep breathing calms the mind, which helps ease the hot flashes and anxiety associated with menopause; inhale deeply when you feel a hot flash coming on, and exhale completely afterward
  • Drink Cold Beverages
    • Relieve night sweats and hot flashes with cold drinks, which help you feel cooler
    • Try to avoid alcohol and caffeine drinks, which are diuretics that promote dehydration