Menopause is defined as the natural absence of period cycles for at least a year. Apart from not having periods, menopause also affects hormone production in women. During this condition, the balance between certain hormones like progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone is in constant change.
Doctors who treat menopause will usually advise taking various courses of action to treat the most prevalent menopause symptoms like mood changes and hot flashes (which usually occur in perimenopause). Sometimes, women may experience other accompanying symptoms, like hair loss, weight gain, or even vaginal dryness and bleeding.
Most of the time, issues can be mitigated with medication or by drinking menopause tea. Other times, more focused treatments are required (like in the case of atrophic vaginitis treatment).
Teas for Menopause
As mentioned above, experts will often prescribe medications to combat menopausal hormonal imbalances. However, these treatments aren’t the best option for all women. Fortunately, natural remedies are also available, like teas for hormonal imbalances that can help ease menopausal symptoms.
Without further ado, here are the best menopause tea options.
There are several studies available that show encouraging results when it comes to alleviating several symptoms produced in menopause.
According to a study, ginseng can be an excellent tea for hot flashes. More precisely, it can decrease the intensity of night sweats and flashes in women.
Apart from that, older research showed promising results in decreasing the risk of cardiovascular problems and might even help with improving sex drive.
As a tea for menopause, ginseng tea should be consumed daily. However, always consult doctors who treat menopause before taking the compound in herb form since it can interact with diabetes, blood-thinning, blood pressure, and heart medications. Also, it can produce some side effects like nervousness, headaches, jitteriness.
Red Raspberry Leaf
While not directly a menopause tea, red raspberry leaf can help with easing heavy menstrual flows, which can often be experienced at the very beginning of perimenopause.
Other than that, it’s a safe option to drink both in perimenopause and also in menopause.
Black Cohosh Root
This drink can be an outstanding option for those who are looking for tea for hot flashes. According to research, it can also help with vaginal dryness during menopause.
Those who don’t feel like preparing tea can take the compound in pill form. However, you shouldn’t use black cohosh root if you have liver problems or already taking something to combat blood pressure issues.
This menopausal tea can help in regulating estrogen levels while going into menopause. Apart from helping alleviate menopause symptoms, it can ease pelvic pain and can even help with PMS cramps.
According to a study, chamomile with this compound can also be a potent tea for hot flashes.
However, this menopausal tea isn’t a great option if you are before surgery. Also, women with sensitive skin may experience their skin becoming even more sensitive if they drink Dong Quai tea regularly.
Besides treating premenstrual symptoms, the chasteberry tree can also be an outstanding tea for hot flashes and may help ease breast pain.
This herb can also help improve progesterone levels, helping achieve better estrogen and progesterone levels while transitioning between perimenopause to menopause.
However, those who are on hormone replacement therapy or use hormonal birth control should avoid this herb. Also, women who have been prescribed antipsychotic drugs should avoid chasterberry tree.
Taken as a menopausal tea, licorice can help with easing hot flashes and may help with improving estrogen levels along with helping reduce stress and improve lung health.
However, this compound might interfere with specific prescription drugs, so it’s best to consult your doctor before consuming licorice.
Red clover can be a great tea for hot flashes and for treating high blood pressure. Research also suggests that this tea can also help with bone strength and can also boost immunity.
The compound also contains phytoestrogens, plant-based variants of estrogen, which can potentially help treat menopausal hormonal imbalances.
This compound also contains pant-based estrogen, making it a suitable menopausal tea for combating hormonal problems like red clover. Ginkgo biloba may also help with mood fluctuations.
It’s important to note that the herb can have adverse effects when it comes to blood clotting, but other than that, it’s a safe compound.
Older studies have already shown that green tea can be quite effective in improving bone density and reducing fracture risks, especially in women who are going through menopause.
Green tea can be a good tea for menopause for various reasons. It’s loaded with antioxidants, and EGCG (epigallocatechin), a compound that can help with weight gain, boosting metabolism.
Green tea is considered very safe, but those who are worried about their sleep schedules being disturbed because of its caffeine content might want to choose decaffeinated options.
Last but not least, valerian root can be a great option to treat anxiety, headaches, insomnia, and stress. It can also double as a great tea for hot flashes for those who are entering menopause.
Apart from this, valerian root can also help with easing joint pain and may help combat the symptoms of osteoporosis.
Lastly, it can be a safe option for improving your sleep as well. When consuming it in tea form, it’s rather safe. However, if you want to take it as an herb, you should consult a doctor first.
As a member of the carrot family, fennel has anti-inflammatory effects that can help women manage menopause symptoms. Drinking fennel tea can be helpful in relieving sexual problems, sleep issues, anxiety, and depression.
Rooibos tea has multiple menopause benefits. It is high in minerals and vitamin C and quite easy to drink. Adding milk will make it even tastier, so give that a shot. The good thing is, you can safely consume as much as you want, and Rooibos tea is easy to find in most supermarkets.
This natural antihistamine is super beneficial for the health of its consumers, so we’d recommend anyone to have a cup. Nettle tea helps with joint pain, inflammation, and of course, menopause symptoms. If your condition is giving you irritable skin, Nettle tea might be the right solution for your issues.
Risks With Menopausal Tea
Whichever menopausal tea you choose, you should always speak with your doctor first, especially if you are already taking some kind of medication.
So of these options may double as natural blood thinners, so scheduling a consultation with a professional is essential.
Even then, drinking these compounds occasionally is considered safe and a good option for combating some perimenopause/menopause symptoms.
If you want to try out menopausal teas, make sure to choose organic and caffeine-free options. As you may know, caffeine can actually worsen some menopausal symptoms.
Also, on the topic of hot flashes and night sweats, make sure not to consume the teas while hot. Drinking hot beverages can actually make hot flashes worse and night sweats even more prominent.
Exploring Other Options
It’s essential to consult with your doctor if you start to experience perimenopausal symptoms. They can help you guide through the process, determining the course of treatment based on how severe your symptoms are.
Hormone replacement therapy is a popular option, where your doctor prescribes creams, patches, pills, and gels that can all help balance out hormone levels. However, HRT isn’t an option for everyone.
Vaginal dryness may also be treated with vaginal creams, rings, and tablets.
Lastly, essential oils may also help relieve some symptoms.
All in all, if you are seeking effective methods for combating all the problems that come with menopause, scheduling a consultation with us should be your first move. Our experienced doctors can help you create a tailored plan to meet your needs.