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Menopause Treatment Overview

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First steps to consider

  • Mild to moderate symptoms can often be treated at home.
  • Vaginal dryness, hot flashes, and sleep problems can often be treated with OTC remedies, herbal supplements, and lifestyle changes.
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When you may need a provider

  • Moderate to severe symptoms
  • You have mood changes like depression, or your symptoms interfere with your daily life.
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When to see a healthcare provider

You should see a healthcare provider if your menopause symptoms are severe, if you have mood changes like depression, or if your symptoms interfere with your daily life.

A doctor can confirm you’re in menopause and may discuss prescription medications like hormone replacement therapy (HRT), vaginal estrogen for dryness, and antidepressants. They may also recommend alternative therapies like acupuncture.

Is there a test for menopause?

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

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

While there are OTC tests that measure your levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (TSH), which increases as you reach menopause, they aren’t very reliable. In certain cases, your doctor may order blood tests to measure your estrogen levels.

What to expect from your doctor visit

  • Your doctor may recommend oral HRT to relieve your symptoms. If so, they’ll discuss your personal risks and the benefits of taking HRT.
  • Prescription hormones can also be used vaginally to treat vaginal dryness and pain during sex.
  • Non-hormone medications like antidepressants (SSRIs and non-SSRIs) have been shown to help menopause symptoms.
  • Acupuncture helps symptoms for some women. This alternative treatment uses thin needles to stimulate specific points on the body to change how the body reacts.

Prescription menopause medications

  • Oral HRT: estradiol (Estrace), medroxyprogesterone (Provera), estradiol/norgestimate (Prefest)
  • Vaginal hormone therapy: estradiol (Estrace), estropipate (Ogen), conjugated estrogens (Premarin), estradiol acetate (Femring)
  • SSRI antidepressants: citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft)
  • Non-SSRI antidepressants: venlafaxine (Effexor), desvenlafaxine (Pristiq)

Types of menopause providers

  • A primary care provider can treat mild to moderate symptoms.
  • An obstetrician-gynecologist (ob/gyn) is a doctor who specializes in women’s health.
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