TOG's editor in chief’s report concerning post-menopausal symptoms:
Jason Waugh said:
- ‘It is important to review the advantages and limitations of the non-pharmacological treatments available as well as the pharmacological ones. Even simple behavior modification can make a difference to postmenopausal symptoms, including keeping the room temperature cool, wearing layered clothing, relaxation techniques and smoking cessation.
- Hormone replacement therapy is the most effective treatment of hot flashes, improving symptoms in 80 to 90% of women. However, there are possible health risks associated with HRT, such as links to breast cancer, blood clots, stroke, and cardiovascular problems.
- 50 to75% women use herbal options such as soy, red clover and black cohosh to treat hot flushes'.
The report was published in the journal science daily online, January 10, 2013.
The main change to prepare women for menopausal and post-menopausal symptoms should put emphasis on nutrition, exercise, sleep and alcohol abstinence.
- Nutrition, exercise, and sleep are fundamental priorities concerning women of all ages and even more vital for those over 50. Furthermore, women should remember that alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer by 50%.
All of these should be primary considerations, prior to adding any type of prescribed medications and dietary supplementation's. Results often vary among individuals with the latter.
Visit a caring professional prior to adding HRT or any supplement to your diet.