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Menopausal Discomfort: Lifestyle changes can help
According to health experts, around four million women in Germany suffer from severe symptoms such as sweating, hot flashes, sleep disorders or mood changes during the menopause. A change in lifestyle can help those affected.
Every third woman without menopausal symptoms
Around four million women in Germany suffer severe symptoms such as sweating, hot flashes, sleep disorders or mood swings during the menopause. But not all women experience the typical complaints. "About a third of all women suffer from severe menopause symptoms, another third from mild ones, and the rest come through this phase of life without the typical problems," explains Heidi Günther, pharmacist at Barmer in a message. According to the expert, a lifestyle change can be helpful in order to cope better with the hormonal changes and their effects.
On average, menopause - the last menstrual period - begins at the age of 50. However, some women report the first signs of the onset of menopause at the age of 40.
Menopause is not a disease, but part of the natural aging process of women, in which the hormone balance changes - especially the proportion of sex hormones, progestogens and estrogens.
How the hormonal changes in the body are experienced is very individual. The first symptoms can appear with the reduced production of the female hormone estrogen (premenopause).
The list of menopausal symptoms is long: hot flashes and rapid heartbeat, sleep disorders, depressed moods, dryness and vaginal infections and urinary problems are just a few.
They all have a strong impact on the quality of life.
Natural therapy options
According to some health experts, the most effective treatment is hormone treatment, but even without therapy, the symptoms in almost all affected women subside over time and eventually go away on their own.
Various natural therapy options are also available.
As the health insurance company announced, a change in lifestyle can be helpful in order to cope better with the hormonal changes and their effects.
“Sport and relaxation techniques as well as a good dose of serenity can significantly alleviate symptoms related to menopause. Learning meditation, tai chi or yoga brings some peace to everyday life in this phase of life, ”says Heidi Günther.
A phase of change
According to the pharmacist, menopause is a period of change for many women. The children would become self-employed and some women would reorient themselves or take a shorter job because their own parents needed more help.
The gynecologist can support the women concerned with severe symptoms with hormone replacement therapy. However, every woman could do something to find her inner balance.
“It often helps to change your attitude a little in menopause, to shift your view. Because they are a natural phenomenon and not a disease, ”says Günther.
"Those who manage to get through the menopause with serenity, mindfulness and physical activity can significantly increase their own well-being," said the expert.
Exercise and exercise also strengthened muscle strength and flexibility and had a positive effect on the cardiovascular system.
According to other experts, herbal medicines can also be used to supplement the prescribed hormone therapy - always in consultation with a doctor, taking into account possible interactions.
It should be noted that herbal medications also have side effects and can interact with medications.
We recommend a balanced, low-carbohydrate diet, less meat, more vegetables and fruit.
Fennel in particular can alleviate the symptoms in the menopause, as US scientists found in a study. (ad)