Menopause occurs when a woman has permanently stopped menstruating. Prior to menopause, most women experience perimenopause, during which periods become progressively less frequent and regular. When the cycle has stopped for at least one full year, the woman has entered menopause. Women are usually between the ages of thirty-five and fifty-five when this occurs.
During menopause, the body experiences hormone changes. Hormones such as estrogen and progesterone – which were previously involved in regulating the menstrual cycle – are suddenly at much lower levels. Resulting symptoms can occur quickly or gradually, and at varying degrees of severity. (They often begin during perimenopause). These include anxiety, mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, headaches, and decreased bone density (which can lead to osteoporosis).
Some women claim that their only relief from menopause symptoms came from alternative medicine. Some of the more popular natural herbs for this purpose are listed below. You may find that these nutrients, along with a healthy lifestyle and the implementation of relaxation technique, successfully decrease your menopausal symptoms.
Supplement to Ease Symptoms of Menopause
• Black cohash (should not be taken for extended periods of time)
• Dong Quai