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Treatment to minimize the symptoms and complications of menopause consists of a multi-faceted plan that is individualized to the severity of types of symptoms, the presence of complications and coexisting diseases, and each woman's individual age and medical history, among other factors.
In some cases, treatment to control bothersome symptoms of menopause may include hormone replacement therapy medications. These medications can have serious side effects, such as increasing the risk of heart attack and cancer, and are no longer recommended for many women in menopause.
However, other medications and treatments that have fewer side effects are available to help control symptoms of menopause. These can include taking vitamin E or the herb black cohash for hot flashes. Eating foods high in soy or taking soy supplements may also be helpful. These treatments should only be used as directed by a physician or nurse practitioner.
Eating a balanced diet that contains sufficient amounts of calcium and taking calcium supplements and a regular weight-bearing exercise program can help to minimize the develoment of osteoporosis after menopause. There are also non-hormonal medications that have been developed to treat osteoporosis. These treatments should only be used as directed by a physician or nurse practitioner.
Other treatments include using a vaginal lubricant to relieve vaginal dryness. Drinking lots of water, using good genital hygiene practices, and urinating promptly after sexual intercourse can help to minimize the development of urinary tract infections. Kegel exercises can help reduce stress incontinence.
A regular exercise program combined with eating a heart-healthy diet that is low in saturated fats, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
The following treatments are listed for Menopause in our knowledge base:
Alternative treatments, home remedies, other other complementary therapies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Menopause in various sources may include:
Some of the drugs and medications used in the treatment of Menopause may include:
Unlabelled alternative drug treatments for Menopause may include:
Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Menopause:
More causes: not all possible causes for Menopause are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Menopause.
Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.
The following list of conditions have 'Menopause' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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The following list of medical conditions have 'Menopause'
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