Maybe you've reached that natural stage of life already, or perhaps it has just begun. Every woman goes through menopause at some point or another, and each female's symptoms vary, both in type and degree. It's not uncommon to reach this point of womanhood and have your life completely and utterly turn upside down with how your mind and body feel—but know that you are not alone in this journey. There are plenty of women across the globe coping with the same feels as you.
Menopause can bring on more emotions than you've ever had in your entire life—and they aren't the fun kind. According to The North American Menopause Society, some of the symptoms that the menopause party can bring to the table include depression, sleepless nights, hot flashes, urinary incontinence, vaginal dryness, sexual dysfunction … and the list goes on. Sounds like a fun one, right?
Well, get excited and cue the sighs of relief, because a new study published in Menopause, The Journal of The North American Menopause Society brings on so much hope for women dealing with this stage of life. Read on to find out the one thing that can curb the dreaded symptoms of menopause, and next, check out The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.
Here's how the study went down
This research included the observation of 48 postmenopausal women, 21 of whom were placed in what was labeled "music group" and 27 who were placed in a "control group." The scientists played music to all of the postmenopausal women during a six-week period for 18 sessions. The Menopause Rating Scale (MRS) scores at the end of the study revealed to be higher for the controlled group than the music group. There was also a major decrease in Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) for the music group—the control group did not experience a decrease at all.
Listening to music can reduce menopausal symptoms and feelings of depression
This study reveals that music can be utilized as a therapeutic choice to reduce menopausal symptoms in most menopausal women, and it also help to decrease feelings of depression.
Dr. Stephanie Faubion, NAMS medical director explains, "This small study highlights the potential beneficial effect of an easy-to-implement, low-cost, low-tech, and low-risk intervention such as music therapy for menopause symptoms, particularly mood symptoms. Although additional research is needed to confirm these findings in larger study populations, there is little downside to adding music therapy to our armamentarium for menopause symptom management."
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Music therapy can change the game for women going through menopause
Many studies have revealed that depression can increase as women are going through this major life change. This new research recognizes that music therapy is a great option for curbing the symptoms of depression that are experienced while going through menopause. The healing effect of music has actually been used for quite some time, as ancient cultures used music to cure the mind and body, and now it's paving the way to ease the symptoms of menopause in women.
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