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The menopause is caused by a change in the balance of the body's sex hormones and signals the end of menstruation - the ovaries stop producing an egg every 4 weeks. The reduction in estrogen causes symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and vaginal dryness. Simple diet and lifestyle changes can relieve symptoms, and some women are treated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
  1. Summary description Female sex hormones, or sex steroids, play crucial roles in sexual development, sexual desire, and reproduction. They also influence body weight and hair, bone, and muscle growth. Learn more about the types and roles of these hormones here.
  2. Some people prefer a more natural approach to relieving vaginal dryness. Pure coconut oil is free from additives, and studies suggest that it is generally safe to use on the skin. Learn more here.
  3. A recent study investigated whether acupuncture might be a useful, nonpharmaceutical way to minimize some of the symptoms that occur during menopause.
  4. A new study concludes that mindfulness might help menopausal women who struggle with symptoms that can include irritability, depression, and anxiety.
  5. Royal jelly is a substance that bees produce to feed queen bee larvae. Potential benefits include wound healing and relieving the symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome. Learn more about the possible health benefits of royal jelly here.
  6. People have used passionflower for medicinal purposes for centuries. In this article, learn how it may help reduce anxiety and improve sleep. We also cover the possible risks.
  7. Although a person's monthly periods stop after they have been through menopause, they may still sometimes experience abdominal cramping. These cramps are usually nothing serious, but can sometimes be a sign of an underlying medical condition, such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, or cancer. Learn more here.
  8. People tend to associate testosterone with males, but everyone requires some of this sex hormone. Testosterone levels change over time, and lower levels can lead to symptoms such as fatigue and a diminished sex drive. We look at the symptoms, causes, and treatments of reduced testosterone levels in women.
  9. Many people experience itchiness during menopause. Estrogen plays a vital role in skin health, and changes in the levels of this hormone can lead to dry, itchy skin on the face, body, or specific areas, such as the genitals. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for itchiness during menopause here.
  10. Perimenopause causes many hormonal changes in the body. This affects the frequency, regularity, and symptoms of periods and monthly cycles. People usually begin to skip periods and have longer or shorter cycles. In this article, we look at what to expect during perimenopause and how to manage periods during this time.
  11. Clammy skin is a widespread occurrence, particularly in people who sweat a lot. Clammy skin may occur periodically if a person is too warm, but someone with frequently clammy skin may have an underlying medical condition. In this article, learn about the causes of clammy skin, as well as the treatment options.
  12. Traditional medicine practitioners use wild yam to treat a variety of conditions, including menopause symptoms, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and muscular cramps. In this article, we examine the evidence supporting these medicinal uses as well as how to take wild yam and its safety and side effects.
  13. Most people experience hot flashes and night sweats to some extent during menopause. They are a regular part of the process. Here, we look at what causes hot flashes and how they are related to night sweats. We discuss the many home remedies, alternative therapies, lifestyle choices, and medications that may help.
  14. The use of birth control pills, or hormonal contraceptives, can mask some of the symptoms of menopause. This can make it difficult for a person to know if they are going through menopause. In this article, we answer some common questions about how birth control pills can affect the symptoms of menopause.
  15. Sore breasts are common during menstruation, but breast pain and discomfort can also occur during perimenopause and menopause. In this article, learn why breast pain can happen at this stage of life. We cover the home remedies that people can use to relieve pain, as well as when to see a doctor for breast symptoms.
  16. There are different treatments available for menopause symptoms. Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming a more popular alternative treatment, however, there is some dispute over how effective it is. Also, its legal status means that it is not available everywhere. Learn more about the potential use of CBD for menopause here.
  17. Shatavari, also called Asparagus racemosus, is a root used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It is believed to boost female reproductive health, but what does the research say? Learn more about the uses, benefits, and side effects of shatavari here.
  18. Perimenopause is the time when the body is preparing for menopause, and it can last several years. During this time, hormones levels fluctuate. This can cause irregular menstruation that may be more painful than usual. Read on to learn what causes perimenopause ovary pain, in particular, and how to treat the symptoms.
  19. Boosting progesterone levels can help improve fertility or reduce menopause symptoms in some people. Doctors can prescribe products that contain progesterone, but can any natural products raise levels? In this article, we look at how people can raise their progesterone levels, and whether natural remedies can help.
  20. Changing estrogen levels may appear to be linked with weight gain, particularly around menopause. In this article, we examine what the relationship between estrogen and body weight is, and how it can affect weight gain. Also learn about the role of estrogen, when levels may decrease, and how to manage weight gain.

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