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fitness & health "No need to lurk in the shadows anymore" What's the Alternative? Some women have found that various alternative treatments are effective in managing their menopausal symptoms. "I tried Black Cohosh and found that it really helped control my hot flashes" says a Weston woman. And ROBORIGINAL / DREAMSTIME.COM another Wellesley woman found that taking B vitamins helped her feelings of anxiety. Some complementary and alternative treatments have been put through clinical trials and most report inconclusive results. It's also important to note that before taking any herbal or dietary supplement, you should have a conversation with your doctor regarding potential risks and possible negative interactions with other drugs you are taking. For more information on alternative menopause treatments, visit the Mayo Clinic Alternative Medicine website at: www.mayoclinic.com/health/menopause/DS00119/ DSECTION=alternative%2Dmedicine In addition, the Mayo Clinic website includes a lifestyle and home remedies section at www.mayoclinic.com/health/menopause/DS00119/DSECTION= with Newton/Wellesley OB/GYN, who also is a certified menopause lifestyle-and-home-remedies with tips to reduce or prevent the negative symptoms associated with menopause. provider, "but that doesn't mean that some women still aren't looking The following books also provide valuable information about menopause for that risk-free magic bullet." Because what was true then is true and overall women's health: now: menopause has the potential to be highly disruptive in ways that n can be unexpected no matter how well prepared a woman might feel. "You have to really listen," says Dr. Sharon Margulies, an OB/GYN OUR BODIES OURSELVES: MENOPAUSE, by the Boston Women's Health Book Collective (Touchstone, 2006) n HOT FLASHES, HORMONES & YOUR HEALTH by JoAnn E. Manson, M.D. (McGraw Hill, 2007) with About Women, By Women in Wellesley. "You have to find out n what is really bothering her about menopause. What is the thing that is THE CLEVELAND CLINIC GUIDE TO MENOPAUSE by Holly L. Thacker, M.D. (Kaplan Publishing, 2009) really interfering with her life?" That list can be long. Among the most disruptive symptoms are hot women who are lost in a stew of jobs, kids, and aging parents, adding flashes and night sweats. But that can just be the beginning. The ways menopause to the mix is ideal for brewing overwhelming stress-related that menopause can attach itself to a woman's life can be breathtaking, symptoms. "I was getting ten hot flashes a day," says an artist from encompassing both the mental and the physical. And because the stan- Weston. "Not surprisingly, after we moved from our large house to our dard protocol for symptom remediation, Hormone Replacement much smaller house and I finished going through 20 years of stuff and Therapy (HRT), has come under fire in the past ten years, the resulting heading to the dump three times a day, they abated." confusion can further cloud an already murky issue. In addition to hot flashes and night sweats, there can be another unrecognized. "I would wake up in the middle of the night in a complete to tear your clothes off; you are so hot." While not completely well panic, convinced I was dying," says an event planner from Wellesley. "My understood, hot flashes are thought to be due to estrogen reduction heart would be pounding and I would have feelings of destruction and that disrupts hypothalamic function, the body's "thermostat." But doom. And then, I would go in the car and every intersection was a while most women understand these flashes are part of the normal potential accident in the making; I was convinced every car trip was my menopausal state, the intensity can be completely unexpected. For 130 stealthy menopausal symptom that can sneak in uninvited and arrive five to ten minutes for years," says a mother from Wellesley. "You want We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 But let's start with those hot flashes. "At its worst, I had them every last." Finally, figuring she had nothing to lose, during her annual visit

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