Treating Perimenopause With Black
Copyright 2009 - Heaven Ministries -- Angie Lewis
Perimenopause symptoms can last ten to fifteen
years before the cessation of menstruation actually occurs, which is
called menopause. The usual age of perimenopause is between 35 and 50.
During this time hormones can become greatly imbalanced causing numerous
symptoms. You may experience mood swings, hot flashes, irregular and
heavy periods, sleep problems, vaginal dryness and bladder problems.
Perimenopause symptoms can be frustrating and
annoying. Every body is different and you may only experience one or two
symptoms or maybe none of them. The symptoms that were really bothersome
for me were the hot flashes, mood swings and menstrual irregularity.
Iíve learned over the years to listen to my body
and I know that when I donít eat as good as I should, symptoms of
perimenopause are worsened, especially the mood swings and hot flashes.
Sugary, processed foods make hot flashes and moodiness worse during
menstruation. Exercise plays a huge role in severity of cramps as well.
Sit-ups and briskly walking, or jumping on a trampoline will help with
Hormone replacement therapy is not something I
would even think about participating in. We should never try and push or
hurry something along that concerns health, in an unnatural way, or
there will be consequences later on down the road. But that doesnít
mean we canít find natural ways through foods, herbs and other
remedies to assist us women in our journey through this life.
I would have to be in a lot of pain to take a
pharmaceutical drug. This is why I looked for a natural means to help
with the symptoms of perimenopause. My research led me to several
natural remedies for alleviating symptoms and balancing out my hormones.
I researched Dong Quai supplement, Black Cohosh supplement, and Wild Yam
After reading several different studies and
articles written up on the three natural supplements I finally decided
Black Cohosh would work well for my symptoms. Black Cohosh is especially
good for hot flashes and mood swings. That is what I wanted. I would
have tried the Dong Quai too, but it said that if you have heavy
periods, in which I do, not to use it.
Even so I bought some Dong Quai herbal tea from the local health
food store and I have a cup of that every night. So far I have not
noticed any difference with my menstrual flow.
My third player on the list, progesterone cream was
dismissed from the start because you have to know when your cycle is
since you rub it on your skin while you are ovulating. I felt this would
be too difficult to know since my periods are so erratic lately. But
apparently there are some very favorable reports on women who have used
the wild yam cream for perimenopause and menopause symptoms.
I have been taking Black Cohosh for three months
now with quite favorable results. The first month I did not notice a
change at all, but since then I have read that it takes four to six
weeks for the herb to kick in and to notice any changes. My hot flashes
are gone! Mood swings have vanished! I can finally say that my estrogen
and progesterone hormones are balanced out for now. I have had no side
effects from taking Black Cohosh. Would I recommend Black Cohosh? You
bet. Recommended dosage is one or two capsules a day. I take one capsule
with a meal once a day. I have to say that for me Black Cohosh is
working and I am grateful for that.