Menopause can cause symptoms that can last for months or years. Women have different symptoms, which can include:
- Irregular periods
- Night sweats
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
- Problems sleeping
- Mood problems
- Weight gain
- Hair or skin changes
- Loss of breast fullness
Some women decide to treat their symptoms with herbs and dietary supplements instead of hormone replacement therapy. There are a number of natural options for the treatment of menopausal symptoms.
While the supplements mentioned above are among the most commonly used supplements to help control menopause symptoms, it’s important to note that research is still ongoing to determine their effectiveness. To date, no supplement has consistently been shown to work better than placebo in managing symptoms.
Also, keep in mind that dietary or herbal supplements may have side effects or interactions with each other or with other drugs. Some may be unsafe to take due to certain medical conditions. Consult with your doctor before using them.
Changes in your lifestyle may help ease the symptoms of menopause. You may feel better if you:
- Quit smoking, which can cause hot flashes
- Drink no more than one alcoholic beverage per day
- Keep your body weight at a healthy level
- Take calcium supplements
- Holly Thacker, MD, chief of Women’s Health, The Cleveland Clinic. Elaine Magee, MPH, RD. Joan Starker, PhD, MSW. Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, University of Washington. The Cleveland Clinic. The Journal of Women’s Health and Gender-Based Medicine. Sunil Wimalawansa, MD, PhD, University of Texas.
- Mayo Clinic: “Menopause.”
- National Women’s Health Network: “Menopause and Natural Hormones.”
- NYU Langone Health: “Lifestyle Changes for Menopause.”