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Menopause is inevitable, and it's the greatest flesh destroyer and wrinkle creator in the world. It zaps the water and oils from our skin and robs our bodies of the vitamins and nutrients needed to keep our skin soft and supple. It literally dries us out. Have you ever noticed that women with the most wrinkles are those who fail to confront their menopausal issues. You can buy the best anti wrinkle creams on the market, but it you don't deal with the cause head on, you'll be throwing your money into the lake of fire and wrinkles will continue to burrow themselves into your skin.

Everything that relates to menopause cause wrinkles and bad skin...hot flashes: sweat and stress...sleepless nights....lack of estrogen, collegen, Progesterone, even mood swings cause our brow to crinkle in fear, and etc, etc,.

Wrinkles come during menopause because our bodies produce less estrogen which dries out our skin and it becomes dry, flaky and cracked. Drinking plenty of water helps to replenish lost moisture and Using Vitamins and Progesterone or estrogen creams can help lock in moisture and keep the skin from becoming dehydrated.

Our skin starts thinning as our estrogen slowly decreases. As we age, our skin produces less collagen and elastin which causes wrinkling and sagging. The skin requires collagen and elastin in order to remain firm and supple. Estrogen pills can produce collagen and elastin as well as thicken the skin.

Hormone therapy. Estrogen therapy remains, by far, the most effective treatment option for relieving menopausal hot flashes. Depending on your personal and family medical history, your doctor may recommend estrogen in the lowest dose needed to provide symptom relief for you.

Hormone replacement therapy can help to relieve hormone fluctuation discomfort and helps to prevent osteoporosis and delay some of the conditions associated with low estrogen. Low hormones have been linked to increased risk of heart disease, colon cancer, and Alzheimer's disease. Hormone replacement therapy is usually recommended mostly for short-term treatment. Prolonged treatment has been linked to an increased risk for breast and uterine cancer. Other risks associated with hormone replacement therapy may include: gallbladder disease, abnormal blood clotting, heart disease, and excess calcium in the blood, and side effects.

What is Menopause?

Surely we want to close our eyes to this ugly truth, but daily menopause tells us we're getting old and dried and wrinkled up and there is nothing we can do about it.

Menopause is the time in a woman's life when her period stops. It is a normal change in a woman's body, not a medical illness. Even so, the physical and emotional symptoms of menopause can disrupt your sleep, sap your energy and trigger feelings of overwhelming sadness and loss.

A woman has reached menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months in a row (and there are no other causes, such as pregnancy or illness, for this change). Menopause is commonly known as, "the change of life." Leading up to menopause, a woman’s body slowly makes less and less of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. This change often happens between the ages of 40 and 55 years old.

Hormonal changes cause the physical symptoms of menopause, but mistaken beliefs about the menopausal transition are partly to blame for the emotional ones. First, menopause doesn't mean the end is near — you've still got more than half of your life to go. Second, menopause will not snuff out your femininity and sexuality. In fact, you may be one of the many women who find it liberating to stop worrying about pregnancy and periods.

Most important, even though menopause is not an illness, you shouldn't hesitate to get treatment if you're having severe symptoms. Many treatments are available, from lifestyle adjustments to hormone therapy.

Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms of menopause often appearlong before the one-year finality of your last period. They include:

Irregular periods
Periods That last for a lesser time
Decreased fertility
Vaginal dryness
Hot flashes
Sleep disturbances
Mood Swings
Increased Abdominal Fat
Thinning Hair
Loss of breast fullness

Menopausal Causes

Menopause begins naturally when your ovaries start making less estrogen and progesterone, the hormones that regulate menstruation. This can begin happening as early as the age of 35. By that time, fewer potential eggs are ripening in your ovaries each month, and ovulation is less predictable. Also, the post-ovulation surge in progesterone — the hormone that prepares your body for pregnancy — becomes less dramatic. Your fertility declines, perhaps partially due to these hormonal effects.

These changes are more pronounced in your 40s, as are changes in your menstrual pattern. Your periods may become longer or shorter, heavier or lighter, and more or less frequent. Eventually, your ovaries shut down and you have no more periods. Your periods may be cut in half, for instance from 5 days to 3 which can last for years, then stop abruptly, or they may have a gradual tapering off.

Unfortunately, there's no way to know exactly which period will be your last. You have to wait until well after the fact — 12 months after, by official definition. In your final months before reaching menopause, it's still possible to get pregnant, but it's quite unlikely.

Because this process takes place over years, menopause is commonly divided into the following two stages:

Peri-menopause. This is the time you begin experiencing menopausal signs and symptoms, even though you still menstruate. Your hormone levels rise and fall unevenly, and you may have hot flashes and other symptoms. Perimenopause may last anywhere from four to ten years.

Post-menopause. Once 12 months have passed since your last period, you've reached menopause. Your ovaries produce much less estrogen and no progesterone, and they don't release eggs. The years that follow are called post-menopause.

Anytime your period stops, wheather it is from the patch to prevent pregnancy or menopause from age, you must take vast measures to protect your body and skin from dehydrating and hormonal change.

Menopausal Remedies

Fortunately, many of the signs and symptoms associated with menopause are temporary. Take these steps to help reduce or prevent their effects:

Skin Deterioration - Although there are no established rules for managing hormonally aging skin, proper internal and topical care, and long-term preventive techniques can help lessen its visible influence. Without treatment, skin after menopause will continue to degenerate. Estimates have indicated that skin loses up to 30% of its collagen in the first five years after menopause. Moreover, as skin thins by approximately a percentage point a year, the decelerated cell renewal rate leaves increasing numbers of dead skin cells on the surface.

Water is one of the main answers to caring for hormonally aging skin. A program for menopausal skin that helps preserve water in the body should consist of a topical, internal and emotional care approach.

Hot Flashes - Some women report that eating or drinking hot or spicy foods, alcohol, or caffeine, feeling stressed, or being in a hot place can bring on hot flashes. Try to avoid anything that triggers hot flashes. Dress in layers, and keep a fan in your home or workplace, and don't let it bug you. Regular exercise might also ease hot flashes, but sometimes exercise can cause a hot flash. If hot flashes continue and HT is not an option, ask your doctor about taking an antidepressant or epilepsy medicine. There is proof that these can relieve hot flashes for some women. Get regular exercise, dress in layers and try to pinpoint what triggers your hot flashes.

Increase your intake of foods that contain phytoestrogens including soy - Other foods that you should include in your diet include grains, oats, wheat, brown rice, tofu, almonds, cashews, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Sleeping Problems - One of the best ways to get a good night's sleep is to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week. But, don’t exercise close to bedtime. Also avoid large meals, smoking, and working right before bedtime. Caffeine and alcohol should be avoided after noon. Drinking something warm before bedtime, such as herbal tea (no caffeine) or warm milk, might help you to feel sleepy. Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool, and use your bedroom only for sleeping and sex. Avoid napping during the day, and try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day. If you wake during the night and can't get back to sleep, get up and read or do something constructive until you’re sleepy. Don't just lie there. If hot flashes are the cause of sleep problems, treating the hot flashes will usually improve sleep.

Mood swings - Some women have heavy mood swings or "feelings of being utterly sad" as menopause comes to a close. Women who had mood swings (PMS) before their periods or post-partum depression after giving birth may have more mood swings around menopause. These are women who are sensitive to hormone changes. Often the mood swings will go away with time. If a woman is using HT for hot flashes or another menopause symptom, sometimes her mood swings will get better, too. Also, getting enough sleep and staying physically active will help you to feel your best. Mood swings are not the same as depression. It has been reported that uncontrollable moods swings have ended women in mental institutions, therefore, if you feel your moods are getting out of control, get yourself to a doctor and on estrogen and premarin before its too late. You will only have to be on it a short while, but the alternative is not acceptable.

Memory problems - As people age, their memory is not as good as it once was. Some women say they have "fuzzy thinking" as they reach menopause. This may be caused by changing hormones and can improve over time. Getting enough sleep and keeping physically active can help. If memory problems are really bad, talk to your doctor right away. This is not caused by menopause.

Don't smoke - Smoking increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, cancer and a range of other health problems. It may also increase hot flashes and bring on earlier menopause. It's never too late to benefit from stopping smoking.

What Alternative Medicines Should I Use or Not Use?

Many approaches have been promoted as aids in managing the symptoms of menopause. Below are some complementary and alternative treatments that have been or are being studied:

Internally

Vitamin C Ester, Pomegranate Extract and Green Tea disarm the free radicals that damage the cell membrane and cause it to lose water. Chamomile Extract, and Aloe Vera Extract are anti-inflammatories that can be used topically and internally.

Research at Mayo Clinic revealed:
"Dietary supplements, such as dong quai, licorice, chasteberry, evening primrose oil and wild yam (natural progesterone cream), although some might swear by these remedies, scientific evidence of their safety and effectiveness is lacking.

Black cohosh has been used widely in Europe for treating hot flashes and has been popular among women with menopausal symptoms in the United States. While its safety record has been good, there's no longer much reason to believe that it is effective for menopausal symptom relief.

Phytoestrogens - Study further reveal "These estrogens occur naturally in certain foods. There are two main types of phytoestrogens — isoflavones and lignans. Isoflavones are found in soybeans, chickpeas and other legumes. Lignans occur in flaxseed, whole grains and some fruits and vegetables. Researchers first became interested in phytoestrogens when they noted that women in Japan and China, who eat diets high in isoflavones, report fewer menopausal signs and symptoms and have a lower incidence of heart disease and osteoporosis than do women in the West. Whether the estrogens in these foods can relieve hot flashes and other menopausal signs and symptoms remains to be seen. Most studies have found them ineffective"
.

Phytoestrogens are also found in whole grains, nuts and seeds. They are also found in alfalfa, apples, carrots, cherries, corn, green beans, lemon, orange peels, peas, potatoes and yams. Phytoestrogens contain the isoflavones genistein and daidzein. These isoflavone, found only in soy products, help to lower cholesterol and prevent osteoporosis. A total of 30 to 50 milligrams of isoflavones per day are recommended. Asians consume an average of 100 milligrams of isoflavones per day.

Isoflavones have some weak estrogen-like effects, so there's some concern about cancer risk. If you've had breast cancer, talk to your doctor before supplementing your diet with isoflavone pills. Experts generally consider whole foods containing soy or isoflavones to be healthy and safe, when consumed in moderation.

Soy and red clover. Scientists have observed that women in Asian countries, where soy is a regular part of the diet, are less likely to report hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms than are women in other parts of the world. One reason might be related to isoflavones — estrogen-like compounds in soy, red clover and many other plants. However, studies giving soy to women with hot flashes have generally found no benefit. And studies giving selected isoflavones have shown mixed results for menopausal symptom relief.

Soy has both estrogen and progesterone like activity. A total of 200 milligrams soy plant estrogens are equivalent to .3 milligrams of pharmaceutical estrogen. Eating soy can give you the phytoestrogens which block out the more potent estrogen that your body makes along with the toxic estrogens that come from environmental compounds. These environmental compounds are chemicals in the air along with those found in our food supply. A total of 200 milligrams soy plant estrogens are equivalent to .3 milligrams of pharmaceutical estrogen. Eating soy can give you the phytoestrogens which block out the more potent estrogen that your body makes along with the toxic estrogens that come from environmental compounds. These environmental compounds are chemicals in the air along with those found in our food supply.

Soy products that actually taste good are quickly becoming available in mainstream grocery stores - and can form the foundation of a nutritious diet. Soy products include soybeans, textured vegetable protein, soymilk and soy yogurt, tofu, tempeh, miso, and tamari.

Along with soy products, all beans as well as many whole grains (wheat, rice, oats, rye, millet, amaranth, quinoa, corn, barley and buckwheat) are high in lignins. Lignins are substances that act like estrogens in the body and can bind to estrogen receptors. In this way, lignins can regulate your body’s estrogen production in a way similar to isoflavones in soy products. Flaxseeds are also high in lignins along with omega-3 fatty acids. Not only does flax help reduce heart disease risk, it also may prevent osteoporosis.

The bottom line, states Mayoclinic.com: Phytoestrogens are estrogens, and there's no evidence that effective doses wouldn't cause problems similar to those that prescription estrogens are known to raise".

Essential Fatty Acids such as olive oil, avocado and fish, help to protect the skin’s barrier function from a topical level. Internally, it is important to eat foods rich in EFA’s for internal cellular hydration.

Amino Acids and Glucosamine both topically applied and taken internally in foods and in supplement form encourage the body to make its full component of collagen and elastin tissue for a healthy, strong dermis.

Lecithin and its building blocks, Phosphatidylcholine and Choline, help to maintain cell walls when applied topically and taken internally.

Having these as part of an internal and external skin care program will help maintain the water balance in your entire body.

Vitamins to Remedy Menopause

In his book, Medicinal Herbal Therapy: A Pharmacist's Viewpoint, registered pharmacist Steven G. Ottariano says that certain vitamins and minerals can provide particular benefits to menopausal women. These include Vitamin E (400 mg - 800 mg) to help reduce hot flashes and night sweats; Calcium (1500 mg daily)--the best type of calcium is not calcium carbonate which may not be fully absorbed, but microcrystalline calcium hydroxyapatite calcium (MCHC) or calcium citrate; Magnesium (500 mg to 750 mg daily) is essential to help with the absorption of calcium; Vitamin C (1,000 mg to 2,000 mg daily) helps absorption of Vitamin E and decreases capillary fragility.

Vitamin C - This is the healing vitamin. Very helpful during menopause. It helps to mend wounds and burns, and maintains collagen (it might be called the anti-wrinkle vitamin). Since the need for collagen regeneration increases with age, so does the need for vitamin C. It also helps the adrenal glands and the body's immune system - another system that needs more help as we enter mid-life and menopause.

Food Sources of Vitamin C
Include: Fortified breakfast cereals, citrus fruits, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, peppers.

Vitamin B Complex - is beneficial during menopause. Extra vitamin B6 is typically necessary for patients on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Folic acid may help to prevent precancerous changes in the cervix. Main thing is, all B vitamins work in harmony. They help us to handle sugar, maintain health of the liver, and stabilize brain function. Low levels of vitamin B complex can lead to emotional stress, fatigue and depression.

Food Sources of Vitamin B
Folic acid is found in green leafy vegetables, nuts, peas, beans, liver and kidney. Vitamin B3 is found in meat and poultry, fish, beans, wholewheat bread. Vitamin B6 is found in meat and poultry, fish, bananas, wholegrain cereals and dairy products. Vitamin B12 is found in fish, poultry, eggs and milk, B12-fortified foods.

Vitamin D - Along with calcium and estrogen, vitamin D is essential for the ongoing strength and maintenance of bone mass, and to minimize the risk of osteoporosis as we get older. Although vitamin D deficiency is rare, all menopausal women should include adequate amounts of vitamin D in their diets to maintain strong bones.

Food Sources of Vitamin D
Include: Canned tuna or salmon, eggs or milk products.

Vitamin E - often called the "menopausal vitamin" because it may have chemical activities similar to estrogen, vitamin E has been used with some success in America as an estrogen substitute. Vitamin E may relieve hot flashes as well as psychological symptoms of menopause. It is also a powerful antioxidant that helps keep cells disease-free.

MayClinic.com says, "This vitamin occasionally provides relief from mild hot flashes for some women. However, scientific studies haven't proved its overall benefit in relieving hot flashes, and taking more than 400 international units of vitamin E supplements daily may not be safe".

Food Sources of Vitamin E
Include: Wheatgerm oil, eggs, green leafy vegetables, cereals, dried beans.

Flaxseed - research suggests that flaxseed may reduce hot flashes in menopausal women. However, a larger study is needed to confirm these findings.

Mayo Clinic researchers studied 29 women who had at least 14 hot flashes a week for at least one month. In this preliminary study, researchers excluded participants with a history of diabetes or bowel or bleeding disorders. Study participants consumed 40 grams (about 4 tablespoons) of ground or crushed flaxseed a day for six weeks. At the end of six weeks, participants reported a 50 percent reduction in hot flashes. Although these results are promising, it should be noted that participants reported troublesome side effects — including bloating, diarrhea and gas — due to the high-fiber content of flaxseed.

If you have bothersome hot flashes and you want to try flaxseed, talk to your doctor first. Consider taking flaxseed oil pills for a trial period to see what, if any, effects it has on your menopausal symptoms and note any side effects. To minimize gastrointestinal side effects, try 2 tablespoons of flaxseed sprinkled on cereal, yogurt or fruit once a day for about three weeks. Then, increase to 2 tablespoons twice a day. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water or other fluids every day.

Bioflavonoids - A type of phytochemical found in pulp of citrus fruits, helps to combat hot flashes, excessive menstrual bleeding, menopausal vaginal problems, anxiety and mood swings.

Other important nutrients during the postmenopausal period include calcium. Calcium is absorbed best as calcium citrate. Calcium citrate creates an acid medium for better absorption and even greater absorption when magnesium is added. Magnesium also helps keep arteries and blood vessels relaxed, allowing for more efficient blood flow to all areas of the body.

Topical Remedies For Menopause

Hyaluronic Acid retains water and cushion joints.
Progesterone Cream - helps keep estrogen and progesterone levels
    in balance
Apricot Oil and Borage Seed Oil protect the skin’s natural barrier,
    increasing moisture retention.
Papaya enzymes gently exfoliate to reveal brighter, softer skin.
Clover Flower and Iris Extracts tone and firm skin.
Glycosaminoglycans inhibit collagen breakdown.
Shiitake Mushroom Extract conditions and firms skin.
Anti Wrinkle 55 Gold Serum and Supreme Deep Wrinkle Peptide Cream Advanced
    Formula firms Skin, hydrates, moisturizes, restores collagen and elastin and removes
     wrinkles.
Chaparral Extract inhibits facial hair growth, clinically proven to reduce
    it by 22% in 12 weeks.

Symptoms of menopause such as insomnia, irritability and joint pain may be addressed internally with natural solutions such as:

Hyaluronic Acid for arthritis and joint pain.
Melatonin to induce calm and encourage restful sleep.
Glucosamine to boost collagen production and ease joint pain.
Biotin to strengthen hair, skin and nails.
Essential Fatty Acids to hydrate from the inside out.

Supplements can provide needed vitamins and minerals that can bring added health benefits to women going through the change of life. Some of the most important nutrients to look for when purchasing supplements are folic acid, zinc, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and omega-3 fatty acids. Since menopause can gradually increase a woman's risk of developing heart disease doctor's recommend omega-3 fatty acids to decrease inflammation and cholesterol. Eating fish and walnuts can provide important nutrients that contain omega-3 fatty acids. Types of fish high in omega-3 fatty acids are salmon, mackerel, tuna, and trout. Adding supplements and nutrients can do a lot for a woman who is experiencing low estrogen levels. In addition, a doctor may recommend using a natural estrogen cream to take care of discomfort due to vaginal dryness and urinary incontinence.

Healthy Lifestyles

Making healthy lifestyle changes can be an alternative to women who can not take hormone replacement therapy or who choose not to do so. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables along with low fat meat and dairy choices can help with the symptoms caused from low progesterone levels. Along with eating healthy a woman should consider taking supplements especially with adequate amounts of calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, and omega 3 fatty acids. Regular exercise can help to promote healthy hormone levels. Most doctors recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. Before starting an exercise program a woman should consult with a physician especially if there are other health concerns that should be considered beforehand such as lung or heart problems.

A healthy diet and exercise are very important for menopausal women.

Research shows that exercise alone can alleviate hot flashes. In one study, aerobic exercise reduced the severity of hot flashes in 55% of postmenopausal women. For many women choosing not to take HRT, regular weight-bearing exercise and strength training can also help maintain strong bones.

Exercise is very important for everyone but especially women who are suffering from imbalances of estrogen and progesterone. Being physically active provides the body with increased circulation and oxygen. This benefits all the organs of the body including the endocrine organs. These organs consist of the adrenal glands, pancreas, parathyroid, thyroid, reproductive organs and pituitary glands. The brain is also capable of producing hormones needed for the body to function properly. Exercise helps to circulate the release of hormones into the blood stream. Exercising 30 minutes each day along with dietary changes is recommended by medical professionals as good alternatives for hormone replacement therapy.

Exercise benefits the heart and bones, helps regulate weight and contributes to overall well-being. Weight-bearing exercises are especially important for increasing bone mass. Kegel exercises (tightening and relaxing of the pelvic muscles) can improve bladder control. Try Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM): Alternative therapies— herbal remedies, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, naturopathic medicine and much more—can help you cope with the physical and emotional changes of menopause.

There are some foods that can trigger symptoms and should be used sparingly if at all; these include alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and spicy foods. Foods that are healthy and should be included in the diet are whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat meat and dairy. Exercise should be done every day for 20 to 30 minutes to help keep blood pressure down, lower cholesterol, and to maintain normal blood sugar. Exercise will also help women who suffer with symptoms of depression. Regular activity releases endorphins that have an affect on mood and emotions. Exercise is a very important part of controlling symptoms during menopause but there are some things that can be included with lifestyle changes that will provide even more benefit. Using natural estrogen products can help to raise hormone levels which will reduce discomfort and irritability.

Tips for Menopause

Eat Well: In certain cultures, hot flashes are practically unknown. It is generally true that women in these cultures eat foods rich in phytoestrogens. For example, in Southeast Asia, where soy proteins comprise 20% to 60% of daily protein intake, epidemiological studies suggest an association between a positive, trouble-free menopause and soy consumption.

Eat a balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains and that limits saturated fats, oils and sugars. Aim for 1,200 to 1,500 milligrams of calcium and 800 international units of vitamin D a day. Ask your doctor about supplements to help you meet these requirements, if necessary.

Maintain a Healthy Weight: Women who are overweight have an increased risk of heart disease, while those who are thin or underweight are more susceptible to osteoporosis and hot flashes.

Rest and Relax: It is important to get adequate sleep, take naps if you feel tired, and avoid stress. Meditation and Prayer can be helpful in reaching a state of calm. Take Care of Your Skin: A 1997 study of 3,875 postmenopausal women documented the relationship between low estrogen levels and skin dryness and loss of elasticity. Research has associated wrinkling with consumption of full-fat dairy products, butter, margarine, fatty meats and sugar. Drink lots of water and milk—at least 1.5 liters daily. Water flushes out wastes, and milk acts as an internal moisturizer, keeping skin hydrated and supple. Spring water is beneficial since it contains trace minerals vital to healthy skin. For radiant skin, you should also try Pearl Powder, and Sarah's Pearl Cream. These finely milled pearl products recharges and revitalizes all skin types. Keep Cool. Avoid spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol, overheated rooms, hot beverages and stress. Wear layered clothing, and choose natural fabrics, such as cotton or wool.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

Recent medical reports have profoundly shaken a major blow in public confidence of the safety of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for women in menopause. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health halted a large clinical trial out of concern for the safety of participants. You may be one of the six million women who are searching for alternatives.

Natural Progesterone Cream

Natural progesterone cream, when used correctly, seems to help many women through the symptoms of hormonal imbalance with many added benefits. Even though scientific evidence of their safety and effectiveness is lacking, Natural progesterone has the same molecular structure as the progesterone produced by the body. It is absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. It can help your body keep estrogen and progesterone levels in balance, resulting in maintained sense of equilibrium.

Treating Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness does not effect everyone, but if it does, use over-the-counter water-based vaginal lubricants (Astroglide, K-Y) or moisturizers (Replens, Vagisil).

In general, treating vaginal dryness is more effective with topical (vaginal) estrogen rather than oral estrogen. Estrogen applied to the vagina can still result in estrogen reaching your bloodstream, but the amount is minimal. Vaginal estrogen also doesn't decrease testosterone levels — important for healthy sexual function — the same way oral estrogen can.

Vaginal cream (Estrace, Premarin, others). You insert this cream directly into your vagina with an applicator, usually at bedtime. Your doctor will let you know how much cream to use and how often to insert it, usually a daily regimen for the first few weeks and then two or three times a week thereafter.

Vaginal estrogen ring (Estring). A soft, flexible ring is inserted into the upper part of the vagina by you or your doctor. The ring releases a consistent dose of estrogen while in place and needs to be replaced about every three months.

Vaginal estrogen tablet (Vagifem). You use a disposable applicator to place a vaginal estrogen tablet in your vagina. Your doctor will let you know how often to insert the tablet, for instance daily for the first two weeks and then twice a week thereafter.

If vaginal dryness is associated with other symptoms of menopause, such as moderate or severe hot flashes, your doctor may suggest estrogen pills, patches, gel or a higher dose estrogen ring along with a progestin. Talk to your doctor to decide if hormone treatment is an option and, if so, which type is best for you.

Prescription Drugs

Low doses of antidepressants such as Effexor or Paxil have been effective in reducing hot flashes. Clonidine, (Catapres), a drug normally used to treat hypertension, can sometimes help relieve hot flashes. However, it may lower normal blood pressure. A drug that has been used in other countries and is undergoing clinical trials in the U.S. is tibolone (marketed as Liviol). It has estrogen-like effects on hot flashes but does not result in hyperplasia. As a result, this drug may be a promising remedy. Megestrol acetate (Megace) is the only type of progesterone that is FDA approved for women who have had breast cancer and can help diminish the frequency and severity of flashes. An article in Neurology reported on six women taking gabapentin (neurontin) for seizures or migraines who had decreased hot flash frequency and needs to be studied more extensively.

Home Remedies For Menopause

Home Remedy #1: To increase your levels of estrogen try increasing your consumption of plants which contain estrogenic substances:

Alfalfa, soybeans, soy sprouts, crushed flaxseeds, garlic, green beans, sesame seeds, wheat, yams, pumpkin seeds, cucumbers, corn, apples, anise seeds, cabbage, beets, olive oil, olives, papaya, oats, peas, sunflower seeds, are all important sources of natural estrogens and as you can imagine they are loaded with vitamins, fiber and minerals essential not only for menopause, but to maintain an overall good health.

Home Remedy #2: To reduce hot flashes:
Drink 8 glasses of steam-distilled water.

Home Remedy #3: Toner for Dry Skin.
Toners are used to improve the appearance of the skin, to soothe and to nourish. Men can use toners as aftershaves.

2 ounces aloe vera gel.
2 ounces orange-blossom water.
1 tsp. wine vinegar.
6 drops rose geranium essential oil.
4 drops sandalwood essential oil.
1 drop chamomile essential oil. *
800 UI vitamin E oil. (Puncture a gel capsule with a needle)

Home Remedy #4: Take 50mcg. of selenium 2,000 mg of vitamin C and 10 mg of beta-carotene, once a day to improve skin and help with vaginal dryness.

Home Remedy #5: Vaginal Dryness lotion

1 ounce of almond oil.
2 drops of geranium essential oil.
One capsule of 1,000 IU of Vitamin E.

Mix all the ingredients and apply inside and outside the vagina twice a day.

Home Remedy #6: The Very Best Home Remedy for menopause is Prayer.

Tips:
Always keep your skin moisturized. Applying Anti Wrinkle 55 Gold Serum to your face and neck, then following up with Supreme Deep Wrinkle Peptide Cream will hydrate your skin and keep wrinkles at bay. Exfoliate, Bathe in olive oil, and use a humidifyer to keep your home from being dry, and don't forget to exercise and take your vitamins.

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