Menopause Home > Other Substitutes for Estratest
Medications are not always the answer to all menopause symptoms. If you cannot take Estratest 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.)
Many women choose to use natural remedies as alternatives to prescription medications for menopause treatment. These remedies include:
- Natural estrogens
- Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (also known as natural hormone replacement therapy)
- Herbal supplements
- Phytoestrogens (so-called plant estrogens).
At this time, not enough scientific evidence is available to determine whether these therapies are beneficial. In addition, there is insufficient information available to prove whether these therapies are as safe as (or safer than) the conventional drugs used for menopause symptoms.
There are several alternatives to Estratest, including other medications or natural or non-drug treatments. Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider if Estratest is not working for you or if you are experiencing bothersome side effects. You may need to try one of the Estratest alternatives discussed in this article.