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An Active Approach to Managing Menopause

Get Moving to Relieve Discomfort

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  • FREEBASS
    I'm with all of you ladies who've documented no help from exersize. I've been a runner since age 27, and log in 23-25 miles a week currently. I flash all day and night, and have become famous for various fans I carry around with me. I've become very creative at fanning myself. Black cohosh has been studied and found ineffective for hot flashes. I did find accupuncture helpful....till it, too, stopped working. Again, no documented proof that it helps. I don't dare use soy or HRT, as my sister has 4th stage breast cancer, and my maternag grandmother died of ovarian cancer. I was thin going into menopause, and was prescribed the dreaded effexor for the flashes. Hello 30 pounds! And the sweating was WORSE as each dose stopped working, and my MD kept hiking the dose to 112.5. 4 months of withdrawal and a week off from work to stop totally made me the poster girl AGAINST taking that awful drug! But it's the weight that hurts the most. And it takes so friggin' long to lose a pound!!! I can find no difinitive answers anywhere about the best approach to dropping the weight, aside from cutting calories down to nothing. HELP!
  • like many of you, i wish the article was more specific. Exercise definitely makes me feel better, but i do not think it is helping with the symptoms of menopause. It would be nice to get some actual advice on how to handle some of the more life-altering symptoms.
  • SLYNS5
    I've been suffering with menopause for 22 years and can't take HRT because of having breast cancer. Now, the prednisone given to me for Polymyalgia Rumatica has made the menopause problem worse. Stronger hot flashes, mood problems, anxiety, fatigue, weakness, sweating, etc. I'm sure exercise helps with many health problems, but this article made me laugh. Well, actually, it made me want to cry.
  • DAVIDHOMERE
    This article is very good, and true. Thank you
  • LIFEISAJOURNEY
    The advice is good for any stage of life. I'm 69 and was through with menopause by age 40. Although I didn't have many problems, I'm soooo glad that is w-a-y behind me.
  • MAYAANNE
    I agree......this article is overly simplistic. Everyone knows you need to exercise. Where are the REAL suggestions for managing menopause? It would be nice to read some advice that is from new research on the topic. Just my opinion.
  • Exercise has made no difference to my symptoms either. I believe there are environmental factors that come in to play, stressors, as well as genetics and an assortment of things that come into it. Exercise is vital for a host of reasons, but cannot take credit for 'curing' menopausal symptoms.
  • I know this article has good advice, but I get annoyed by such cheery "exercise & nutrition will fix it" guarantees. I DO exercise and I DO eat right and have all of my life. But I have had to take BCPs since age 42 juts to keep me from jumping off a cliff with horrible symptoms. (I'm 49 now...that's 7 years of drugs!)

    I'm the kind of person who never even took an aspirin! I'm scared of the risks, but if I go off, it's unbearable. I only take the BCPs about every other day or every 3rd day and I'm 100% sane, happy, healthy.

    Jazzie
  • MARCIA530
    I have found that while exercise makes me strong and makes me feel good, it has done nothing for hot flashes. I have them them about once an hour day and night. (Weekly: 2-3 hours of Zumba; 50 or so miles bicycling; 2 hours Pilates; gardening)
  • MARCIA530
    I have found that while exercise makes me strong and makes me feel good, it has done nothing for hot flashes. I have them them about once an hour day and night. (Weekly: 2-3 hours of Zumba; 50 or so miles bicycling; 2 hours Pilates; gardening)
  • MARCIA530
    I have found that while exercise makes me strong and makes me feel good, it has done nothing for hot flashes. I have them them about once an hour day and night. (Weekly: 2-3 hours of Zumba; 50 or so miles bicycling; 2 hours Pilates; gardening)
  • Wow, it's good thing I exercised through menopause because I shudder to think what it would have been like without. The process took a naturally cheery person and turned her nutsy for a year. The emotions took over, and the brain took a leave of absence. Exercise kept my body healthy, at least from the neck down, but whew, I'm glad it's over.
  • DPOWERS51
    There is good research supporting natural herbs and supplements in helping us. However, the question to me has always been WHAT to take and HOW MUCH? As a retired professor of health, I was concerned about purity and potency. I searched and found that the Female Transitions product from Body Wise International is the best. It has in one single product the commonly known ingredients like Black Cohosh and Flax Seed, but also things like Licorice Root, Ginseng, Suma Root, Milk Thistle, and much more. They have taken the guesswork out of how much of each and what works synergistically together. It WORKS! Plus, it is made in an FDA-licensed facility. That is hard to find in most supplements, so I liked that. You can order it at www.bodywise.com or call 1-800-830-9596 to ask about it. Use my name as a reference: Debbie Powers.
  • This article is very informative. I'm perimenopause and will utilize my regular exercises as a form of therapy for when that moment comes. Thanks for the info.
  • KARINHANSE
    I am 51 years young and have some irregular periods. So, not totally through with menopause yet! I am an avid exerciser - both cardio and weight training - and I feel this is helping me manage some of the other symptoms. I think it is the best time in my life. I feel great. Eating right and exercising are better than any meds I have ever taken in my life!!!

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