Also indexed as:Change of Life, Climacteric, Hot Flashes/Flushes
Menopause is not a disease
—it’s a natural part of life. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
Menopause is not a disease—it’s a natural part of life. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
- Eat soy and flaxseed
Make foods high in phytoestrogens, such as flaxseed, tofu, soy milk, tempeh, and roasted soy nuts, a regular part of your diet
- Control symptoms with isoflavones
Supplements containing at least 80 to 100 mg a day of isoflavones from soy or red clover may help control symptoms
- Cool down with black cohosh
Some people have found 20 mg of a concentrated herbal extract twice a day relieves hot flashes
- Find relief with exercise
Even light aerobic activities can help reduce menopausal symptoms
- Quit smoking
Smokers are more likely to experience hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms
- Talk to your doctor
Hormone replacement therapy using conjugated estrogens (Premarin), estradiol (Estrace), and estropipate (Ogen) is often prescribed
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