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Menopause Treatment

menopause treatments, acupuncture for menopause

Treatments and alternative treatments for menopause symptoms

Treatment with hormones may be helpful if you have severe symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood issues, or vaginal dryness.

Discuss the decision to take hormones thoroughly with your doctor, weighing your risks against any possible benefits. Pay careful attention to the many options currently available to you that do not involve taking hormones. Every woman is different. Your doctor should be aware of your entire medical history when considering prescribing hormone therapy.

If you have a uterus and decide to take estrogen, you must also take progesterone to prevent endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus). If you do not have a uterus, progesterone is not necessary.

HORMONE THERAPY

Several major studies have questioned the health benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy, including the risk of developing breast cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots.

Current guidelines support the use of HT for the treatment of hot flashes. Specific recommendations:

  • T may be started in women who have recently entered menopause.
  • HRT should not be used in women who started menopause many years ago.
  • The medicine should not be used for longer than 5 years.
  • Women taking HT should have a baseline low risk for stroke, heart disease, blood clots, or breast cancer.

To reduce the risks of estrogen therapy and still gain the benefits of the treatment, your doctor may recommend:

  • Using estrogen or progesterone regimens that do not contain the form of progesterone used in the study
  • Using a lower dose of estrogen or a different estrogen preparation (for instance, a vaginal cream rather than a pill)
  • Having frequent and regular pelvic exams and Pap smears to detect problems as early as possible
  • Having frequent and regular physical exams, including breast exams and mammograms

See also: Hormone therapy for more information about taking hormone therapy.

ALTERNATIVES TO HT

There are some medications available to help with mood swings, hot flashes, and other symptoms. These include low doses of antidepressants such as paroxetine (Paxil), venlafaxine (Effexor), bupropion (Wellbutrin), and fluoxetine (Prozac), or clonidine, which is normally used to control high blood pressure. Gabapentin is also effective for reducing hot flashes.

LIFESTYLE CHANGES

The good news is that you can take many steps to reduce your menopause symptoms without taking hormones:

  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods
  • Dress lightly and in layers
  • Eat soy foods
  • Get adequate calcium and vitamin D in food and/or supplements
  • Get plenty of exercise
  • Perform Kegel exercises daily to strengthen the muscles of your vagina and pelvis
  • Practice slow, deep breathing whenever a hot flash starts to come on (try taking six breaths per minute)
  • Remain sexually active
  • See an acupuncture specialist
  • Try relaxation techniques such as yoga, tai chi, or meditation
  • Use water-based lubricants during sexual intercourse

Can You Really Tighten Your Vagina

vaginabible1It is really easy for women to tighten their vagina. All that’s required is a bit of information about the vaginal anatomy and some time for doing the exercise. Kegel exercise are really easy to perform and can be performed at distinct places and whenever you find time. The only thing that is required with them is a dedication and nothing else. Once you start practicing them daily I am sure the results are guaranteed and your vagina will surely become tight. It must be brought to the notice of women that your vagina not only becomes tighter but also becomes stronger with the help of these exercises.

What the Kegel exercises actually do is target the PC muscles which form the floor of vagina. Keeping the Kegels in control are really essential and only if the Kegels are in control they can be said to be strong. Having strong Kegel muscles can make your sex life really awesome. If you have control over the Kegels than you can provide a lot of pleasure to your partner and make him squirm. Also it will give you multiple orgasms by which all your desires will be fulfilled.

It is always necessary to start with the Kegel exercises at an earlier stage of life because the muscles are fresh then. Once menopause is achieved the muscles become really weak and then it becomes difficult to gain control over them, if you gain control over them at an earlier stage of life that would be better. People care a lot about their external looks but nowadays they also focus on their internal looks and Kegel exercises provides one such mean which develops and improves our body internally. The effect of these exercises will not be seen in an overnight but it takes normally 2 months to see some effect.

Some benefits of Kegel exercises are -

• Help achieve multiple orgasm

• Helps in strengthening of your muscles

• Gaining control over them

• Helps to avoid continence

• An enjoyable sex life

• Enhances your inner beauty and makes you confident

• Makes you feel young

• Helps in child birth and regain strength of your muscles after the birth of your child.

There are various gadgets available in the market which can help you perform the Kegel exercises in a much better way. Also make sure you breathe properly while practicing Kegel exercises. If your stomach, leg or buttock moves along with the exercise then you should recognize that you are proceeding in the wrong direction and performing the exercise in a wrong way.

Find out more in the Vagina Bible!