Many menopausal women suffer from ailments such as hot flashes, sweats, or sleep disorders. A relief of the symptoms by the administration of hormones, however, is controversial. Because studies indicate that hormone replacement therapy can significantly increase breast cancer risk. That's why you should better resort to menopausal tablets to combat menopausal symptoms.
Herbal supplements instead of hormones
To relieve the symptoms of menopause, doctors often prescribe herbal supplements instead of hormones. Frequently, these herbal supplements contain extracts of black cohosh. Such tablets can help against sweating and hot flashes as well as irritability and vaginal dryness. In addition, the tablets should also have a bone protective function.
The advantage of preparations containing black cohosh extract is that they can be taken with hormonal preparations. Because so far no interactions are known.
Soy, red clover and St. John's wort during menopause
In addition to black cohosh extracts, soy or red clover is also used to combat menopausal symptoms. However, especially the effect of tablets with red clover is controversial. An investigation has shown that these are not more effective against hot flashes than placebo. Sage, for example in the form of sage tea, should be able to help against hot flushes.
Many menopause tablets also contain St. John's wort. It helps with mental health problems as well as depression and can help to reduce anxiety. However, when taking St. John's Wort, it should be remembered that St. John's wort may interact with other drugs.
Efficacy of herbal supplements takes time
When using herbal supplements, it should always be remembered that the effects of the tablets will only take a long time. On average, it takes at least one to two weeks, but sometimes four or six weeks, until the tablets take effect.
Diet and exercise instead of tablets
Not every woman suffering from menopause during menopause must immediately resort to tablets. A healthy, balanced diet as well as regular exercise can also help alleviate the symptoms. It can also reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Therefore, one should pay particular attention in the diet to a high enough calcium intake. Calcium is present in large quantities mainly in dairy products and in certain vegetables. In order to relieve the symptoms, menopausal women should also abstain from alcohol, coffee and nicotine as much as possible.
In addition to proper nutrition, sports can relieve typical menopausal symptoms. So the sport helps against hot flashes and sweats. In addition, women who regularly move in the fresh air at night suffer less from sleep disorders. Positive effects can also be achieved through sports relaxation exercises such as yoga.