Associated with middle-aged women, the onset of menopause brings with it several troublesome symptoms in everyday life. We tell you everything about this natural phenomenon which manifests itself by the cessation of menstruation. Discover natural remedies and treatments to overcome the various effects of menopause. All our advice to counter hot flashes, fatigue, depression, weight gain…
What is menopause?
Menopause results in the stoppage of functioning of the ovaries. Estrogen and progesterone no longer secrete. Generally, the phenomenon occurs at the age of 51 in French women. However, factors can affect the age of menopause.
The onset of menopause is sometimes difficult to identify because the cessation of ovarian activity occurs gradually. Moreover, we speak of perimenopause, which lasts between 3 and 4 years. During this period, the ovaries begin to function less well than before.
What are the causes ?
The date of onset of menopause is influenced by factors:
- the tobacco. Generally, heavy smokers are a year or two years earlier in menopause;
- genetic. There is a correlation between mother and daughter.
Note, taking the pill has no effect on the date of onset of menopause. And unlike the age of puberty which has evolved over time, that of menopause has remained the same.
The cessation of menstruation is the first symptom of menopause. However, an interruption of menstruation does not always prefigure the onset of menopause. Indeed, cycles can be very irregular. And even when you don’t have a period, your ovaries can continue to produce estrogen.
On the other hand, menopause is most often manifested by hot flashes. This disorder is due to too much stimulation of the hypothalamus.
Finally, other symptoms may appear. Among them :
- headache ;
- weight gain ;
- fatigue ;
- sleep disturbance such as insomnia or night sweats;
- anxiety and irritability;
- joint pain.
What are the natural treatments to reduce the effects of menopause?
There is no grandmother’s cure for menopause, which is a natural phenomenon. On the other hand, there are natural treatments that alleviate the many effects of menopause.
Clary sage essential oil
This essential oil is effective in combating hot flashes, which can occur both day and night.
Indeed, sage plays a hormonal regulatory role. Morning and evening, simply place 2 to 4 drops of clary sage EO on a neutral tablet. Then, chew the tablet.
Please note, this natural remedy is strongly discouraged in the event of a history of breast, cervix or ovarian cancer.
This so-called sleep hormone helps fight insomnia and night sweats. Consume 1-2 g, 30 minutes before going to bed.
Melatonin is not recommended in case of lymphoma, leukemia or ovarian cancer.
This plant helps to fight against weight gain. Indeed, it controls the appetite as well as sugar cravings.
You can consume 1.5 g per day. Know that there are gymnema sylvestris capsules in pharmacies.
Magnesium is a good ally against irritability. This mineral also plays an important role in stress and anxiety.
You will find it in certain foods such as green and dried vegetables, chocolate or oleaginous fruits. But, you can also consume it in the form of a food supplement, making sure not to exceed 350 g daily.
This seaweed rich in iron, proteins and minerals helps counter fatigue, which is one of the most common symptoms in postmenopausal women.
Spirulina is consumed in the form of capsules or powder, with a glass of water. Be careful, spirulina is not compatible with thyroid problems, and you should not exceed 6 g per day.
In the form of a capsule or a mother tincture, this spice is effective in fighting depression. Consume saffron without exceeding 30 mg daily. In the form of mother tincture, dilute 50 drops in a glass of water morning and evening.
This natural treatment is not recommended for people on antidepressant treatment.
This spice, on the other hand, helps to fight against hot flashes. For it to be well assimilated by the body, it is better to match it with oil and pepper.
Some Bach flowers such as walnut essence (Walnut) or hornbeam (Hornbean) can be useful to overcome depression and anxiety.
During menopause, the practice of a sport helps keep joints in good working order. It also helps to fight against hot flashes while providing a feeling of well-being.
On the other hand, regular physical exercise will allow you to fight against weight gain.