I thought maybe I was just fortunate when I sailed through menopause without a problem. My mother has horrible problems. One of my half sisters had horrible problems. But the more women I talked to, I found that women who led a healthier lifestyle and ate fresh real foods had barely any menopausal problems.
The first thing you need to do is cut the chemicals out of your life. That includes packaged and processed foods, fast foods, and pop.
Lower your intake of saturated fats and refined sugars.
Eat Lots of fruits and vegetables, Omega 3s, high potency multi-vitamin mineral supplement, CoQ10, magnesium, calcium, Vitamins C & E, B Vitamins.
Make extra sure to get enough calcium and magnesium. (without magnesium, calcium cannot be absorbed correctly)
Get enough exercise and sleep
The better shape you are in, the less drastic your hormonal crash will be.
If you have heavy bleeding, ask your doctor about additional supplements of Vitamin A - which is said to reduce the bleeding. You can safely add more vitamin A to your diet with sweet potatoes, carrots, or carrot juice. See Vitamin A in the nutrients listings.
Do not be talked into hormone replacement or soy.
Another question that comes up often is, how do you know when you're done?
When you haven't had a period in a year.
I swear, I would go 10 months and then get a period or two. It was frustrating! No wonder there are so many menopause babies.