MEN­STRUAL MAD­NESS

Best Health - - REMEDY -

Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing breast ten­der­ness (ouch) or ab­nor­mal vagi­nal bleed­ing? Chang­ing hor­mones dur­ing per­i­menopause may lead to ris­ing (and un­op­posed) es­tro­gen that causes th­ese symp­toms.

Pop­ping an ibupro­fen can ease breast sore­ness (and men­strual cramps). You can also sprin­kle a lit­tle flaxseed (the ac­tual seed, not the oil) onto your morn­ing ce­real, on a salad or bake it into a muf­fin to get some re­lief, as a study found it re­lieved pain when taken daily for three months. In fact, The So­ci­ety of Ob­ste­tri­cians and Gy­nae­col­o­gists of Canada rec­om­mends con­sid­er­ing flaxseed as a first line of treat­ment for breast ten­der­ness.

If a heavy flow is cramp­ing your style, see your doc­tor. De­pend­ing on your per­sonal health pro­file, she may rec­om­mend birth con­trol pills or hor­mone ther­apy. Tak­ing pro­ges­terone has been shown to help bridge the per­i­menopause-menopause tran­si­tion — and may be pre­ferred to the es­tro­gen­con­tain­ing op­tions (or syn­thetic al­ter­na­tives to pro­ges­terone) that were used in hor­mone re­place­ment ther­apy decades ago. Th­ese were shown to be as­so­ci­ated with an in­creased risk of breast can­cer, clots and stroke. Pro­ges­terone, on the other hand, may ease all of your symp­toms. ra­di­at­ing. And if that in­ter­rupted sleep wasn't enough, what about feel­ing the heat mid-meet­ing? It’s pro­fes­sional to fan your­self at the board­room ta­ble, right?

Turn down the heat by turn­ing up a healthy life­style. That’s right: be­ing ac­tive, main­tain­ing a healthy weight and not smok­ing can all help re­duce hot flashes and night sweats. How else can you man­age things nat­u­rally? “Try dress­ing in lay­ers or wear mois­turewick­ing cloth­ing,” says Pearl­man. “At night, sleep with a fan on in the bed­room.” She also rec­om­mends black co­hosh, a botan­i­cal sup­ple­ment that not only helps re­lieve hot flashes, but also mood swings, ir­ri­tabil­ity and cramp­ing. Red clover and rhubarb ex­tract may also help cool things down. Ask your doc­tor what form and dosage would work for you.

Still feel­ing the heat? Pearl­man points to acupunc­ture. “It helps on the stress side,” she says, “and it may lead to fewer or less in­tense hot flashes.” It’s also worth in­ves­ti­gat­ing hor­mone ther­apy and even an­tide­pres­sants. “Cer­tain an­tide­pres­sants are ef­fec­tive treat­ment for a woman who’s flash­ing,” con­firms Pearl­man. “Plus, they can help with mood and anx­i­ety.” Your doc­tor can help you fig­ure out which op­tions are right for you. She says there are also non-hor­monal meds avail­able from your doc­tor that can be very help­ful with flashes and other symp­toms, typ­i­cally for women where es­tro­gen is con­tra­dicted or to boost the ef­fects of hor­mone ther­apy.

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