7 Ways on How to Avoid the Risks Associated with HRT
By Emily Clark
Does hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for your menopause make your blood run cold? Many women are faced with
the potential risks associated with HRT. First, let’s take a quick look at the three stages of menopause.
Menopause begins in your early 40s as your ovaries gradually produce less and less of the hormone estrogen. Your
periods become erratic sometimes skipping a month or alternating between light and heavy.
The next period of time is the transitioning to actual menopause. During this time you may continue to have
erratic periods and the “fun stuff” begins to settle in for a long visit. Yes, fun stuff like hot flashes, vaginal
dryness, mood swings and insomnia are some of the symptoms.
The final and actual onset of menopause usually occurs in your early 50s and is represented by the absence of
your period for a full 12 months. It’s those in between years that can wreak havoc in your life.
Are there natural alternatives for chemical HRT? The good news is yes! It’s a sad fact that less than two
percent of doctors even mention alternative therapies and that most of them feel there is no benefit. Thousands of
women would disagree. Here are just a few of the many natural alternatives:
Try adjusting your diet to include vegetables and fish that are high in Omega-3 as they contain nutrients that
can help your body deal with menopause naturally. Conversely, there are foods that can make your menopausal
symptoms worse. Caffeine, sugar, fatty dairy products, salt, alcohol and saturated oils can aggravate the
Be sure and take a daily multivitamin making certain that the vitamin contains 100% of the daily allowance for
nutrients. Just be aware that vitamins are no substitute for following a healthy diet.
If menopause causes mood swings, it only makes sense that it’s possible to experience extreme responses for
stress. Try using deep breathing techniques, meditation or some other methods of relaxation that works for you and
practice the technique for 10 to 20 minutes per day. You will be left feeling calmer, more able to cope and more in
Exercising regularly can also help alleviate menopausal symptoms. Scheduling at least 30 minutes of exercise
three times a week will relieve hot flashes. You will be able to think more clearly and reduce your risk of
osteoporosis and heart disease.
Some women have found relief through yoga and acupressure. Both are mainstays of practitioners of eastern
Last, but not least, we come to herbal treatments. Beans and certain other plants have a mild estrogenic
activity in their makeup thanks to "phytoestrogens." These are compounds that include isoflavins, lignans,
phytoseterols and saponins. In additional to helping your body through menopause, animal experiments show they are
significantly effective in preventing tumors of the breast tissue.
Without sending you off for a medical dictionary to understand the compounds listed above, here are some of the
foods and herbs that contain healthy compounds: Soy, black cohosh, licorice, alfalfa, chasteberry, Chinese
angelica, red clover, strawberry, celery stalks, dates, elder, false unicorn root, fennel, Honduran sarsaparilla,
lady’s slipper, liferoot, Mexican wild yams, passion flower, pomegranates and sassafras.
The foods, of course, are available from your local grocery. Visit your local health food store where you should
be able to find the herbs and methods to include them in your daily diet.
The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to medically
diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any health care
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