Many female discomforts are natural and often times they influence the way women feel emotionally and mentally. There are some natural alternative remedies that can provide relief. However, if you find that the discomforts become abnormal, or you notice sores or infections you should visit your doctor immediately.
+ A healthy diet and regular exercise can be a good way to start you off on the right track to relieving some female discomforts.
∎ Healthy diet. It's recommended that you reduce your coffee, tea, salt, sugar, fat and alcohol consumption. At the same time you should make sure you drink an ample amount of water (at least 6 to 8 glasses per day). Also, it is especially important for women to make sure they eat calcium rich foods daily throughout their entire life: it's important to eat at least three to five portions daily (one portion of calcium is equivalent to 1 glass of milk, 1 piece of cheese or 1 yogurt). This habit should begin during infancy, reinforced during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. It's important to get enough calcium throughout women's adulthood to prevent osteoporosis and to protect the bones.
HEALTH AFTER 50
Lack of estrogen causes the cells that build new bone to be less active than the cells that remove old bone. Your bones are being depleted faster than they are being built up. The excessive loss of bone mass causes osteoporosis, a thinning and weakening of the bones. Lack of estrogen also causes changes in your cholesterol levels, and puts you at higher risk of diseases.
∎ Good habits. It's important to quit smoking. Getting enough physical exercise, which hardens and helps to fix calcium in the bones, is also very important, as is keeping your stress levels to a minimum.
IMPORTANCE OF ACCEPTANCE
Through all the physical changes throughout women's lives it's important to keep a positive outlook and to accept the changes. Admitting that during each menstruation PMS causes you to become irritable, accepting that after childbirth it's natural for women to go through a brief bout of depression or learning to get over the side effects of menopause, an accepting and tolerant attitude will help you to better overcome your female discomforts. In all cases, it may be helpful to get psychological help, in the form of individual or group therapy. It can be helpful to share your mental symptoms and the anxieties brought on by these physical changes to better manage the symptoms; especially those brought on by hormonal changes.
There are several alternative medicines and therapies that are said to be helpful in the treatment of the symptoms of menopause, including:
- • Aromatherapy and essential oils used in baths, massages and self-massages.
- • Herbal medicine, including herbs that contain phytoestrogens, ideal for menopause.
- • Hydrotherapy.
- • Yoga.
- • Reflexology.
- • Shiatsu.
These symptoms of female discomforts are the most common. However, bear in mind that there are many other discomforts and illnesses not listed, which can present slight to serious symptoms and physical side effects. The content of this book is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. You should get an annual or bi-annual gynecological check up to make sure that your symptom is not caused by a serious physical defect.