Coping strategies and medications are some of the ways that women deal with menopause. Some women also try herbal or plant-based remedies to treat their symptoms, but there is not enough evidence that these remedies are effective. The menopause treatment your healthcare provider recommends will depend on the specific symptoms you are experiencing.
As you near menopause, you may experience symptoms from the changes your body is going through. For some women, the symptoms will go away over time without treatment. Other women will seek treatment for their symptoms of menopause. The different types of treatment for menopause can include:
- Coping strategies
- Natural remedies.
Recommendations for relieving menopause symptoms will depend on your particular symptoms. Getting enough exercise and sleep, along with eating a balanced diet, have all been shown to be beneficial in relieving menopause symptoms.
(Click Menopause Relief for additional tips for alleviating the symptoms of menopause.)
There has been considerable discussion recently regarding medications (hormone therapy) to treat menopause symptoms. Hormone therapy for menopause is also referred to as hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
The lower levels of hormones women experience during menopause may lead to hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and thin bones (osteoporosis). To deal with these problems, some women are given estrogen or estrogen with progestin (another hormone). Like all medicines, hormone therapy has risks and benefits that every woman should consider and discuss with her doctor. If you decide to try hormone replacement therapy, use it at the lowest dose possible that helps improve your symptoms. Also, hormone therapy should only be used for the shortest period of time necessary.
(Click Hormone Replacement Therapy to read more about this menopause treatment.)
Several different antidepressants have been used to treat hot flashes associated with menopause. In fact, one product (a low-dose paroxetine medication, sold under the name Brisdelle™) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating hot flashes.