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Menopause

Treating Menopause

What treatment is available? Lifestyle changes, non-prescription and prescription remedies can all provide relief from menopause related body changes. To learn more about hormone therapy, check out our NetWellness feature, Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy.

 

Lifestyle Changes

 

Physical Activity

Physical activity helps many areas of your life, including mood, sleep, and heart health. Aim for:

If you are not able to follow these guidelines, be as physically active as you can. Your doctor can help you decide what’s right for you.

 

Diet

A balanced diet will give you most of what your body needs to stay healthy. Here are a few special points to consider:

 

Non-Prescription Remedies

Soy foods may be of help to some women.

Black Cohosh - Although some study results suggest that black cohosh may help relieve menopausal symptoms, other study results do not. Studies of black cohosh have yielded conflicting data, in part because of lack of rigor in study design and short study duration (6 months or less). In addition, interpretation of these studies is complicated by the fact that different amounts of black cohosh from different sources were used in the various studies and their outcome measures were different.

Vitamin E - Women use vitamin E for preventing a number of female hormonal problems including menopausal syndrome and hot flashes.

Vaginal moisturizers and lubricants for intercourse can help women with vaginal dryness and dryness with intercourse

 

Prescription Vaginal Estrogen Products

Prescription vaginal estrogen products can help with severe vaginal dryness. Examples include:

Vagifem vaginal estrogen tablets which are used twice a week. or Estring or Femright, a small silastic ring containing slow release estrogen that can be worn in the vagina for 3 months.

Vaginal estrogen creams such as Premarin and Estrace should be applied at around the same time of day every time you use it. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use vaginal estrogen exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

A woman should discuss her individual symptoms and concerns with her doctor to determine the treatment which best fits her needs.

 

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Last Reviewed: Sep 06, 2013