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Hi Anon,

Thank you for your question and welcome to EmpowHer!
I'm sorry to hear that you're suffering from symptoms of menopause, but the good news is that there are many forms of treatment that are non-hormonal.

Here are some things you can do to improve symptoms of Menopause:

Healthful Diet
A healthful diet during menopause can improve a woman's sense of well-being. It may also reduce the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. The diet should be low in fat and high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium , and vitamin D .

Limit Caffeine and Alcohol
Cutting back on caffeine and alcohol may reduce symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, and loss of calcium.

Quit Smoking
Giving up smoking can reduce the risk of early menopause, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

Regular Exercise
Regular exercise may reduce hot flashes. Weight-bearing exercises such as walking, climbing stairs, and resistance exercises such as lifting weights help strengthen bones and decrease the risk of osteoporosis.

Stress Management
Stress management may help ease tension, anxiety, and possibly other menopausal symptoms. Deep breathing, massage, warm baths, and quiet music are examples of relaxation techniques.

Over-the-Counter Products
Moisturizers and lubricants are used to help vaginal dryness.

Nonhormonal Medications for Hot Flashes
Certaion blood pressure medicines (taken in lower doses)
Examples include: clonidine (Catapres), methyldopa (Aldomet)
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
Examples include: fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), venlafaxine (Effexor), desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) * 4
Note: SSRIs and SNRIs should not be used if you are taking tamoxifen , a medication to reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence.

Hope this helps,


August 19, 2011 - 6:55am


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