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Surgical Menopause is a result of an oopherectomy (removal of ovaries) or the loss of function of ovaries because of chemotherapy, radiation, or other medical treatment.
Surgical Menopause is different than natural menopause in that it is immediate, without benefit of slowing of ovary functions and the ovary benefits women enjoy post-natural menopause.
While the hormone jungle is not the easiest place to be, this website should be able to help you navigate through the dark, hot, sometimes sticky remote places of hormone replacement therapy.
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Experimenting with Supplements?
- by Debbie DeAngelo, RNC, BSN, author of Sudden Menopause
Black cohosh, chaste tree, red clover, calcium, essential fatty acids---the array of dietary supplements is mind boggling and leaves us feeling overwhelmed and confused. Do they help with sudden menopause? Are they safe? Which ones should be used?
When used responsibly, dietary supplements help alleviate menopausal changes, fortify your diet, enhance stamina, bolster immunity and reduce risk of chronic illnesses such as osteoporosis and cancer.
Vitamins, minerals and herbs can be used by women who aren’t taking medicine to manage their menopausal symptoms as well as by women who are taking medicine to manage their menopausal symptoms. However, sometimes the types of supplements recommended may vary between these two groups. In either case, it is imperative to have a basic working knowledge of the supplements you wish to try.
This includes information about dosage, duration of use, side-effects and drug interactions. Even though readily available over-the-counter, supplements can still interact with certain medications. As a general rule of thumb, allow at least two hours to elapse between taking medicine and nutritional supplements.
Also, it you are taking medication, undergoing cancer treatments or are scheduled for surgery or a procedure; be sure to discuss your supplements with your doctor and pharmacist. Sometimes you need to suspend taking specific vitamins and herbal products immediately before and during cancer treatments or prior to a surgical or invasive procedure.
For example, many hysterectomized women report fatigue for up to one year after surgery.
Ashwagandha is an ayurvedic herb that naturopaths use to improve stamina. Since it supports the adrenal glands, it has the added benefit of helping to balance hormones by counteracting the effects of cortisol (a stress hormone). Many women report that it buoys energy level, improves sleep, and assists in managing hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings.
For optimal effectiveness, take 500-1,000 mg in the morning and again early afternoon. Ashwagandha should be cycled at two to three month intervals with a two to four week break in between. You should notice a difference in two to four weeks. Do not combine this herb with sedatives or alcohol and avoid using if you have an overactive thyroid.
Another option for “red-hot” menopausal women is my hot flash cocktail. This combination of vitamins can be used alone or in conjunction with most herbal products as well as dietary sources of soy and ground flaxseed.
Here is the recipe:
Hot Flash Cocktail
Choosing Herbal Products
Since using herbal products is like venturing into foreign territory for most people, I have excerpted the following guideline from my book, Sudden Menopause.
Debbie DeAngelo, RNC, BSN, is the author of Sudden Menopause - a book recommended by the HysterSisters.
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