Is it possible to effectively treat menopause without estrogen? As you know, the most common symptoms of menopause are hot flashes/night sweats, osteoporosis, and vaginal dryness, all of which are associated, at least in part, with estrogen deficiency.
If the hormone test using saliva confirms that estradiol levels are low, the medical option is usually to prescribe Bi-Est, a combination of two bioidentical estrogens: estriol and estradiol.
However, estrogen therapy is not an option for many women, especially if the COMT gene is a problem. Such a gene prevents the body from breaking down the estrogen. This is a relatively new discovery.
Are the symptoms of Hashimoto or could it be menopause?
For many women, it is sometimes difficult to know what comes first, the menopause or Hashimoto? Menopause causes Hashimoto’s symptoms to worsen and vice versa. Sometimes it is during the menopause when the woman discovers that she also suffers from an autoimmune thyroid disease.
Believe it or not, the symptoms are very similar:
Increased fat and cellulite
Reduction of muscle mass
Tiredness – feeling that you need to rest all the time
Muscle and joint aches
Difficulty to sleep
Low in the libido
And all the other common symptoms that women usually associate with menopausal symptoms.
Hot flashes/night sweats
Hot flashes are caused primarily by hormonal changes in menopause. But they can also be given by medications and lifestyle.
Reduced levels of estrogen and progesterone have a direct effect on the hypothalamus, the part of the brain responsible for controlling appetite, sleep cycle, sex hormones and body temperature. Falling hormones confuse the hypothalamus, also known as body thermostat and causes an incorrect reading of “too hot”. The brain responds to this information by indicating to the heart, blood vessels and nervous system that they must immediately reduce the heat!
The message is transmitted almost instantaneously by the epinephrine (chemical messenger of the nervous system) and additional compounds: norepinephrine, prostaglandins, and serotonin. The heart pumps faster, increases blood vessel dilation in the skin to circulate more blood and radiate heat, and sweat glands release sweat to cool the body. This mechanism of heat release is also how the body avoids overheating in summer but when the process is triggered due to estrogen depletion, the confused response of the brain can be VERY UNCOMFORTABLE.
Natural Options to Treat Menopause Without Estrogen
The following are steps you can take to successfully treat menopause without the use of estrogen.
Alcohol, caffeine, diet pills, sugar, stress, hot foods, hot foods, whirlpools, saunas, hot showers, heat sources, and smoking can trigger and exacerbate hot flashes.
There is evidence supporting the use of regular exercise to reduce hot flashes; women who have physical activity suffer fewer episodes than sedentary women. One theory is that exercise increases the levels of endorphins. It is no coincidence that there is evidence that endorphins are involved in the regulation of body temperature. Thus, the higher the levels, the more reliable the internal thermostat of the body. However, exercise 3 hours before going to bed should be avoided to help prevent night sweats.
Some women find relief through meditation, biofeedback, deep breathing and other stress reduction techniques.
It has been shown that over time, a low-fat diet can decrease hot flashes in some women. Others find that a low-fat diet exacerbates their symptoms including weight gain. Thus, it is better an anti – inflammatory diet based on sensitivity to food.
Focused on organic fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, poultry and beef fed with grass, wild salmon and healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, ghee, nuts, and seeds.
It is especially rich in phytohormones and antioxidants. Research has shown that women who drink green or black tea always have stronger bones than those in the control group!
High levels of caffeine in the form of coffee or soda, alter the natural balance of calcium and phosphorus and causes calcium to be excreted in the urine.
Not to mention, the effects of caffeine on the adrenal glands.
Cola sodas may contain up to 500 mg of phosphorus per serving and excessive phosphorus should be avoided as it can deplete calcium from bones.
Vegetables / green leafy vegetables
They are among the healthiest and richest sources of calcium in the diet and include:
Cabbage or cabbage.
Always be sure to cook or lightly steam cruciferous vegetables to protect the thyroid.
A double-blind study using progesterone cream for the treatment of hot flashes was published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1999.
The study showed that hot flashes improved in 83% of women who used progesterone cream, while only 19% of women who used placebo received relief.
Hormone levels in postmenopausal women suffering from hot flashes are due to low testosterone levels and DHEA levels were significantly associated with hot flashes. Normal or elevated levels of these hormones protect against hot flashes. In many cases, DHEA supplements may be sufficient, as up to 50% can become testosterone.
Essential fatty acids
Essential fatty acids are vital for bone mineral density (BMD) throughout the body. The imbalance of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids is associated with lower BMD in the body.
Evening Primrose Oil
An excellent source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), the precursor of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. It has been shown that the use of evening primrose oil relieves nighttime hot flashes.
It can provide relief from hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause, including headaches, palpitations, and anxiety. At least 4-12 weeks of treatment may be necessary before reaching therapeutic benefits.
Seeds and linseed oil
The Flaxseed, flax or flaxseed can help balance hormones have similar estrogen lignans (phytoestrogens) containing properties. Two tablespoons of flax oil per day also help to increase short-chain fatty acids.
A thin layer of moisture covers the vaginal walls. As women age, hormonal changes affect the amount and consistency of this moisture. Vaginal dryness is a common problem during menopause ( due to the reduction in estrogen levels ), although poor vaginal lubrication can occur at any age.
Symptoms of vaginal dryness include itching and stinging, pain and irritation from undergarments. Natural progesterone therapy usually relieves symptoms of vaginal dryness. In many women, vaginal dryness and reduced mucus production return to normal after 3-4 months of topical use of progesterone.
General Recommendations for Vaginal Health
Probiotics: The vagina is a perfectly balanced ecosystem and taking oral probiotics can help maintain that delicate balance; the imbalance results in unpleasant vaginal odors.
Vitamin E: can be used vaginally to hydrate tissues. There is no need to open the capsule since the pH of the vagina will degrade.
Vitamin A: Helps maintain the overall integrity of skin tissues and mucous membranes.
Hydration: Adequate water consumption is essential for the production of all bodily secretions.
Kegel Exercises: In many cases, regularly performing Kegel exercises can increase circulation in the floor of the pelvis and help maintain the tone of the tissues.
AVOID: Vaginal showers, perfumed soaps, bubble baths can increase vaginal dryness and irritation in sensitive tissues.
General advice on the treatment of menopause without estrogen
Dress in layers that can be removed as the body goes into heat.
Use of natural fibers, breathable like cotton and linen, avoiding the wool, silk and the synthetic fabrics.
Wear open-necked shirts and loose clothing
Keep water or drinks nearby to drink, as surprising as it may seem, it is best to be on time.
Keep a small fan near the bed at night.
Lower the thermostat whenever possible.
Sleep on cotton sheets.
Investing in a bigger bed if you sleep too close to your husband creates excess heat (or send the husband to the guest room, lol!)…
Take a cold shower before bed.
Keep your blood sugar in balance during the day and before bedtime.
Apply peppermint oil to the abdomen and soles of your feet before bedtime to some extent cool the body.
Deep breathing when you feel a “hot flash” helps to reduce its intensity, lower the body thermostat by breathing
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What forms do you use to control menopause without estrogen?
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