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Available Menopausal Treatments

While going through the menopause transition, many women seek relief from their symptoms. Luckily, there are many different treatment options available for nearly every symptom. Menopausal treatments range from free and no-risk to quite expensive and high-risk. It is up to each patient and her physician to determine which menopausal treatments may be effective given her symptoms and circumstances.

Available Menopausal Treatments

There are many menopausal treatments for menopausal women. Menopausal treatments include everything from simple diet and lifestyle changes to pharmaceutical medications, with plenty of options in between. When choosing menopausal treatments, women should always begin with the simplest and lowest-risk option before moving on to more complicated and expensive options. Women who prefer natural menopausal treatments will be happy to know that it is not necessary to take medications in order to find relief from menopause symptoms.

Effective Menopausal Treatments

There are three main groups of menopausal treatments. The first level of menopausal treatments involves diet and lifestyle changes. Although this is the simplest menopausal treatment, it has been proven highly effective. Below are some other healthy habits in the lifestyle changes category:

  • Get at least eight hours of sleep
  • Exercise at least three times per week
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods
  • Quit smoking
Available Menopausal Treatments

Menopausal treatments can be extremely effective even at the most basic level. The next category of menopausal treatments is natural medicine. Natural medicine includes several different approaches, including acupuncture and herbal supplements (such as dong quai and black cohosh). Women who prefer all-natural menopausal treatments have a strong chance of finding relief with natural medicine, particularly if combined with dietary and lifestyle changes.

The final and riskiest group of menopausal treatments is prescription medications. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the most well-known of these menopausal treatments, and many women have chosen it over the past several decades. However, women should proceed with caution when considering HRT as an option for menopausal treatments. Studies have linked HRT to serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke, blood clots, and an increased risk of ovarian and uterine cancer.

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Severe Menopause Symptoms

Symptoms can range from discomforting to extreme and life changing. Keep reading to recognize which symptoms are normal and the amount of intensity that co

The Beginning of Menopause

The first stage of the menopause transition is known as perimenopause, and is when symptoms first appear. Learn more about its causes and treatments here.

4 Physical Menopause Symptoms

The physical symptoms of menopause can include irregular periods, fatigue, insomnia, and vaginal dryness, among others.

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