Thousands of women all over the country suffer from breast cancer, the treatment of which causes low levels of sex hormones, which can then lead to early menopause, or at least, menopausal symptoms. The hormone therapy these women are subjected to can even cause menopausal symptoms for those who haven’t had a period in years; this is usually down to a hormonal imbalance.
Many who suffer from menopausal symptoms will opt for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to lessen the impacts of the side effects. However, doctors don’t tend to recommend taking HRT following breast cancer, as the therapy can increase the risk of the illness returning. We’ve decided to take a look at the common symptoms that are related to low sex hormone levels and alternative ways to HRT that can help manage the process:
- Hot flashes and sweats
- A low sex drive
- Difficulty remembering and concentrating on things
- Sleep problems
- Weight changes
- Bone thinning over the years
- Vaginal dryness
- Dry skin
- Urinary issues
Coping with hot flashes and sweats
One of the most complained of symptoms following a recovery from breast cancer is hot flashes. Our menopause cooling spray provides instant relief for whenever a hot flash may strike, providing an immediate refreshment, minimizing the effects a hot flash can have on your day-to-day life. There are also a number of natural ways you can reduce the frequency or intensity of flushes:
- Cut out coffee, tea and caffeine
- Wear several light layers of clothing so you can easily de-layer if necessary
- Wear silk, cotton and other natural fibers instead of man-made fabrics
- Opt for lukewarm showers and baths as opposed to hot ones
- Sip cold and iced drinks
- Cut down on alcohol
- Keep your room cool
In some circumstances, a doctor may recommend a number of drugs for breast cancer recoverees who are unable to undertake HRT treatment. However, unfortunately, these do not come without their side effects, and often it’s a case of weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of both, before settling with the lesser of two evils.
Managing other symptoms
If you’re suffering from regular headaches, prepare an ice pack and place it on the painful area. If this is difficult to identify, apply the pack to the back of your neck, the temples or forehead, and rest.
Identify the source of stress and come up with ways in which you can relieve yourself from it. If you find yourself taking out bad moods on loved ones, be sure to have a chat with them about what you’re going through, and any behaviors that may trigger a mood swing.
If you’re experiencing extreme tiredness, try and create a routine where you go to bed at the same time each night. Research suggests that exercising more, eating a balanced diet and relieving stress can all contribute towards a better night’s sleep.
If you find yourself struggling to remember basic information or issues with concentrating, keep your mind in tip-top condition with puzzles, brain teasers, reading and any other activity that makes you think.
Your body is experiencing a big transformation, and as such your weight is likely to fluctuate as you adjust. The best thing you can do is maintain a healthy diet by loading up on beans, fruits, vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids and calcium, and making smaller portions to avoid overeating.
We hope this has been useful for you to help control your menopausal symptoms, particularly if you are unable to undertake Hormone Replacement Therapy. Do you have any homemade, DIY, tips? Sharing’s caring! Let us know via our social media channels!