Using Natural or Nondrug Treatments Instead of Activella
Many women choose natural remedies as alternatives to prescription medications for menopause treatment. These remedies include:
- Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (also known as natural hormone replacement therapy)
- Herbal supplements
- Phytoestrogens (so-called plant estrogens).
At this time, there isn't enough scientific evidence to determine whether these therapies are beneficial. In addition, insufficient information is available to prove whether these therapies are as safe (or safer) than the conventional drugs.
Medications are not always the answer to all menopause symptoms. If you cannot take Activella or other estrogen medications, or if you desire to avoid such medications, you may want to try other, non-drug ways to deal with the symptoms. For instance, a variety of vaginal lubricants and moisturizers are currently available that can help provide relief from vaginal dryness and irritation. Some are even designed especially for menopausal women. Getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet can also work wonders for some menopause symptoms.
(For more ideas on ways to cope with menopause symptoms, see Menopause Relief.)
There are several alternatives to Activella, including other medications or natural or non-drug treatments. Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider if Activella is not working for you or if you are experiencing bothersome side effects. You may need to try one of the other menopause treatments discussed in this article.