Menopause and Nausea - Discussion, Causes and Remedies
What is the link between menopause and nausea?
Menopause is not generally accompanied by nausea, but for a number of women, it is triggered for various reasons, all of which are indirectly related to the process of aging and the eliminations of the menstrual cycle. It is during this period that nausea can be a problem.
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It is believed the lack of estrogen has a great deal to do with nausea at this time, and symptoms can come and go as the process takes place. This hormone is responsible for so much that goes on in the body of a woman, that the lack of it can literally wreak havoc with bio-chemical changes, affecting everything from gastrointestinal problems to extreme fatigue.
All of this can lead to nausea (a motion sickness feeling), dizziness (overstimulation of the eyes and ears), and / or headaches, along with the more normal hot flashes, night sweats, etc. Often, symptoms can be difficult, and lying down in a darkened room is all that is necessary.
Another possible factor in the menopause and nausea connection is progesterone.
Progesterone is also an important hormone for the woman, for keeping sugars as well as electrolytes (such as sodium and potassium) in balance. A drop in this hormone causes an imbalance that can result in nausea. While some women choose to go on a hormone therapy program, others prefer progesterone cream to help alleviate problems with nausea. Drinks such as Gatorade can help keep electrolytes replenished.
Yet another contributing factor to the menopause and nausea equation is the diet.
Diet also plays an important part of a woman's journey through menopause, as the gastrointestinal system may be affected as well. Foods that may not have bothered her at one time may be causing nausea or even vomiting. Often, this only lasts for the duration of menopause.
When planning the diet for those going through menopause and nausea, include foods high in fiber. These foods are good for nausea sufferers because they aid the body in keeping the stomach and intestinal tract cleansed. Also, eliminate the foods that cause problems, and concentrate on fruits, vegetables and carbohydrates such as whole grain crackers and toast as well as dry Melba toast. Acidophilus works well to keep the balance of bacteria found naturally in the intestines.
What are some useful herbs for dealing with menopause and nausea?
Aside from Milk of Magnesia, herbals teas such as peppermint, dandelion, licorice (from extract), or ginger (use capsules if nausea is severe), as well as hot water with lemon juice work for many women. Cranberry juice is also easy on the stomach, providing valuable liquid. Use honey to sweeten any of the above, as it is pre-digested and easily passes through the system.
For immediate relief from nausea, or if vomiting has begun as a result, mix 10 drops of lime juice with 1 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon sugar. When mixed, add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and drink. Other herbs that can be used as a tea or sprinkled on mild vegetables are aniseed, cinnamon, fennel, cumin and cloves. Ginger can be used in any form for nausea at any time, including times of menopause and nausea.
Refrain from caffeine, fatty foods, cigarette smoking, and highly seasoned foods, as these can naturally cause the stomach stress. If you are still experiencing reoccurring nausea, a cold compress on the forehead has a calming effect. It will not stop vomiting, but its coolness makes you feel better.
Having read about the menopause and nausea connection, you may wish to learn more about these two conditions by reading the other related menopause articles and pages as well as the other related nausea articles and pages on this website.
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