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Fibroids
  • These growths will usually shrink dramatically after menopause and don't require surgery.
  • Consult your doctor about having the growths removed if necessary.
  • Weight loss, acupuncture, herbal remedies, dietary change and progesterone are effective alternatives in many cases.
Change in libido
  • Have your hormonal levels checked.
  • Adrenal exhaustion can be helped with supplemental amounts of testosterone or DHEA.
  • Have your doctor check for reduced amounts of estrogen or thinning of the vaginal tissue.
  • If your sex drive has increased, channel your extra energy into a creative outlet that helps you get the most out of your life.
Vaginal dryness and/or painful intercourse
  • Try a vaginal lubricant during intercourse.
  • Topical estrogen cream, vitamin E suppositories, systemic estrogen therapy, or increased intake of soy can be helpful. Check with your doctor.
Urinary symptoms
  • Can often be resolved through the use of a locally applied estrogen cream.
  • Kegel exercises (contracting and strengthening the muscles of the pelvic floor) can increase blood flow to the area and help with stress incontinence.
Skin problems
  • A variety of treatments will help build collagen, resurface the skin, and prevent wrinkles. Try systemic hormones, adding soy to your diet, and antioxidant supplements like vitamin C and E.
Bone loss
  • Get adequate phytohormones from foods such as soy, from herbs, hormone replacement and calcium and magnesium supplements.
  • Strengthen your bones by beginning a weight-bearing exercise program.
Insomnia
  • If related to hot flashes, try the solutions listed above.
  • If related to anxiety, you may need to make some changes in your life that the anxiety is bringing to your attention.
  • You may just need more sleep than you previously did. Try daytime naps to relieve your insomnia.
Fuzzy thinking
  • Try herbs such as ginkgo and St. John's wort.
  • Soy isoflavones or hormones like progesterone or estrogen are also helpful.
Information taken from The Wisdom of Menopause by Christiane Northrup, MD (Bantam Books).

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