Don’t sweat it

Don’t sweat it

Menopause treatments available

Menopause affects each woman differently. That is why several treatments options are available to women, if needed:

Hormone Therapy

This involves taking supplemental hormones to return hormone levels close to their pre-menopausal state.

If a woman still has a uterus, a combination of estrogen and progesterone is given to protect the uterus from potentially developing endometrial cancer. If a woman no longer has a uterus, only estrogen is prescribed.

Hormone therapy is prescribed in a variety of different forms, depending on symptoms, medical history, and personal preference. These include pills, patches, gels, spray, vaginal rings, inserts, and creams.

Nonhormonal Therapy

Treatments include changes to diet, exercise, stress reduction, and prescription medications (including antidepressants). Limiting caffeine, hot drinks, and spicy foods, as well as dressing in layers, can help make symptoms more manageable.

Hormone therapies are the best treatment for hot flashes. However, not all women are candidates for hormone therapy based on their health history. It is important to discuss the benefits and risks of hormone therapy with your healthcare provider and create a treatment plan that is best for you.