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Menopause Treatment Overview

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Treating menopause

Most mild to moderate symptoms of menopause—vaginal dryness, hot flashes, sleep problems, and more—can be treated with OTC remedies, herbal supplements, and lifestyle changes.

Depending on your symptoms, home menopause treatment may include vaginal moisturizers, lubricants, and vaginal dilators. Certain natural menopause remedies, such as flaxseed and black cohosh, may also help, but evidence is limited. Another supplement, melatonin, may improve your sleep if you are dealing with insomnia.

Lifestyle changes can also improve your sleep and help other symptoms like hot flashes and weight gain. These include:

  • Sleeping on cooling sheets
  • Using relaxation techniques
  • Exercising
  • Avoiding hot flash triggers like alcohol

You should talk to a healthcare provider if your menopause symptoms are severe, you have mood changes like depression, or your symptoms interfere with your daily life. They can discuss prescription medications, including hormone replacement therapy or vaginal estrogen, and antidepressants.

Medical tests & labs

The definition of menopause is not having your period for 12 consecutive months. But many women have menopausal symptoms before (called perimenopause), during, and after the 12 months.

Since menopause symptoms are similar to symptoms of an underactive thyroid, your doctor may do blood tests to check your levels of thyroid stimulating hormone.

Depending on the results, your doctor may tell you what medications to try and other treatments that can help your symptoms.

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