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Menopause symptoms can make a woman's life very hard hot flashes, tender and painful breasts, vaginal dryness and mood swings are only some of the "pleasantries" that come with the menopause. It's no surprise that many women look for medical solutions to those symptoms. How can you gain some relief from menopause symptoms?

Hormone Replacement Therapy, commonly referred to as HRT, serves to reduce those menopause symptoms that are specifically caused by declining estrogen levels. Those include vaginal dryness and the notorious hot flashes (or hot flushes if you're British). Sometimes, a combination of estrogen and progesterone is also offered.Hormone Replacement Therapy is available in various forms oral, and external patches, as well as so-called "bio identical creams, which are designed to have the same chemical make-up as hormones naturally produced by the body. There are also vaginal progesterone creams that have the purpose of fighting vaginal dryness.

There are alternatives to HRT too. Did you know that SSRI antidepressants such as Zoloft aren't just for those suffering from depression? They've been shown to greatly improve menopause symptoms like hot flashes for many ladies going through this process. Talk to your doctor about it if you are interested.There's also a wide range of herbal remedies. These herbal treatments for menopause symptoms have the disadvantage that they are not regulated, and their effectiveness and safety are not proven. If you want to give them a try, soy and soy products like tofu are one option, because soy contains phytoestrogens. St Johns Wort, meanwhile, could be used for the mood swings that go along with going through the menopause sometimes.

What are your experiences with the menopause? Are there any treatments, medical or herbal, that you would like to recommend to others?

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